Heard and Said
Maoriland Worker, Volume 6, Issue 217, 7 April 1915, Page 1
Heard and Said
I That the Canadian Government has in contemplation a vast scheme of road improvement, which will necessitate the expenditure of £7,000,000. That this scheme has been discussed for a considerable time, but has hitherforo hung fire. That the war has, however, given it the needed stimulus, for it has resulted in a great' number of men being out of employment. That according to reports nothing approaches in efficiency for transport the motor wagons serving at the front with the British Army Service Corps, and equal or still greater, tribute is paid to their drivers. That it is estimated that thero are nearly 300,000 motor cycles in use in England, Scotland and Ireland. That at a concert 'of tho Printers' Managers and Overseers recently held at Birmingham, one of the songs on the program was "0 Peaceful England 1" That tho Singapore Riot will prove to have been a far more serious outbreak than the meagre information published would make appear. That British farmers and landowners are endeavouring to increase their big profits by securing cheap boy labour. British food prices have gone up by 17 per cent, to 19 per cent, since July. That only 10,000 of tho British.people have incomes of over £5,000 a year. t That tho greatest crop of wheat ever raised in the United States —750,000,- bushels—is rapidly being cleared out by European countries. Prac-/ tically all of thorn have doubled their usual purchases. That the funniest thing in this tragic war i_ the heroio manner in which the editors of tbe "Dominion" and "Free Lance" fight great battles for the 'Empire in the grim trenches of their respective sanctums. That five million men and women are out of work in America. That the Emergency Committee of the Socialist Party of America decided that Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, should be set aside as a special Unemployment Day—'to demonstrate against -unemployment, and "to discuss ways and means to relieve the distress and abolish the evil resulting from this social tragedy." That there are 200,000 unemployed in Canada. That there is talk of a metalliferous Miners' Federation being formed shortly. That Councillor Woods of Spreydon says that when the Dardenelles are opened, New Zealand will be flooded with wheat from Russia, and those who ore holding wheat will find the price slumping. That a South African veteran dropped dead while waiting his turn for a charity hand-out in a long breadline at Toronto, Canada. That he had "fought for his King and his country," and still they let him die of want while the elevators were "filled to bursting with at least five times as much wheat as all the people in Canada could possibly eat." That the patriotic Belgian landlords who fled to England are now employing agents to rent-rack their tenant —the starving workers of Belgium. That great protest meetings aro being held as a result. That the "Federal Independent" says there is some truth in the taunt that Missionary work once done by a Henry Martyn is now done by a Martini-Henry. That the Catholic Young Men's Society of Victoria has decided to erect a marquee at the military encampments for the benefit of Catholic lads in order to counteract the many "adverse influences found in them." That an Anglican clergyman (who is described as a delightful comforter), recently addressing five thousand officers and men, was careful to impress his hearers that about sixty por cent, of them would probably not see next Christmas alive, while tho remainder would, in all probability, be maimed for life. Tbat an interesting form used in connection with the returns of arms, accoutrements, etc., by Australian trainees to their headquarters has come under notice. It concludes with +ho significant sentence, "hi default you will be liable to trial by courtmartial."