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From: "Jean Rice" <>
Subject: [IGW] Irish American newspaper, March 1, 1890 (Shaw/Sheehan/O'Mara/Cleary/Barrington)
Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 19:37:32 -0700

Passing this along from another list with permission -- Note, when you read
inst. (instant) in old newspapers it literally means "of this month."

Irish American newspaper, March 1, 1890:

There is very little change reported in connection with the strike in
the bacon trade. The trade societies in Limerick are subscribing to the
fund in aid of the men. The lock out is as black as ever. The fairs
and markets, particularly those at which pigs are offered for sale, have
become gloomy and inert. There are no pigs offered for sale at the
usual weekly markets, and no purchasers, even if they were offered.

A meeting of the bacon merchants of Limerick, Cork and Waterford, was
held on the 1st inst., at the Limerick Junction, at which the
circumstances in connection with the strike in the trade were discussed.
The proceeding were private; but it has been ascertained that Mr.
Alexander SHAW said he had decided to make a proposition. He was now
prepared to allow the penny per pig on the jobbers' pigs, and leave the
wages stand at the same figure as usual; but the penny on commissioners'
pigs he would not allow. The merchants present approved of Mr. SHAW's
proposition. The men on strike, however, say, "If we don't insist on
getting the penny on the commissioners' pigs, the merchants might,
bye-and-by, change the present system and purchase entirely from
commissioners, and thus deprive us of the penny per pig altogether."
Mr. Michael SHEEHAN, President of the Pork, Butchers' Society,
Limerick, repudiates Mr. SHAW's offer of the jobbers' penny. The
jobbers, he says have been giving that penny for the last 70 years out
of their own pockets, and neither Mr. SHAW nor any other of the other
merchants have any claim on it.

The Strike has again appeared in a curious shape at the Waterford and
Limerick Railway terminus, where the railway men, sympathising with the
bacon-curers, have refused to load or unload consignments of bacon in
the freight wagons.

On the night of the 1st instant, a sad occurrence took place in the
Irishtown, Limerick, where John O'MARA, a pork butcher, out of his mind,
jumped through the window of his house, and sustained such fearful
injuries that he died the next morning at BARRINGTON's Hospital, whither
he had been removed for medical treatment.

The Attorney-General has appointed Arthur CLEARY, Q.C., to the Sessional
Crown Prosecutor for the county Limerick.

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