NEWS AND VIEWS
Maoriland Worker, Volume 7, Issue 294, 4 October 1916, Page 1
NEWS AND VIEWS
Dr. J. C. MacOallum, son of the Rev. Malcolm MacCallum of Taynullt, recently Assistant Medical Officer for the County of Argyll, has'been fined £2 and arrested for failing to answer tho call to the Colours. He is a conscientious objector. * * * * Mr. Hughes and those who elect to stand with him will bo apostates. It would seem as if cleavage cannot be avoided; unless indeed, the whole of the Federal Labor Party be stampeded into upholding Hughes rather than risk place and pay. —"Barrier Daily Truth." tj: Jf! ;.J **- Many questions wero askod in the House of Commons recently about iht> Irish military atrocities and imprisonments. Mr. Herbert Samuel admitted that he signs internment, orders on the recommendations of the miiituy authority without, himself inquiring into tho matter. * * * * In tho House of Commons on July lOth, Major Newman alleged that in the United States of America n is said that whilst the military havo deprived many Jrish families of the breadwinner by executing, imprisoning, and diporting thousands of Irishmen, tho impending harvest must bo lost, in copsoquenco of lack of hands to gather it. , *** * "A man, mother naked, raced round in a circle., laughing boisterously. Tho rags that would class him as a friend or foe were gone, and 1 could j not tell whether ho was an Englishman j or c Gerniar.. As I watched him an i impartial bullot went through his fore- j lieljt and ho fell headlong to the; ground.-—Patrick Mac-Gill, in "The, Great Push." j :;: % * * i A par. in tho British press: "Ben! Tillett, the L.tbor Loader, lias promised to spar throe rounds with Tab O'Kcefe at a forthcoming tournament at Wool- j wich in aid of tho Sportsmen's Ambulance Fund." There are possibilities j
' Items of Interest for the Working Class
here I (comments "Forward"). Could ! not John Hodge oblige 'with a twosome Greek dance in Spartan costumo with Miss Maud Allan? * * # * Tho "Berner Tagwacht" (Swiss Soi cijilist) says: To prevent tho continua' tioii of the tram-workers' strike in : Warsaw a military director was appointed. Tho strike continued, and tram-workers were arrested. Then the workers at the local waterworks tlieatened to join the stikers, and the German authorities announced that every striker would be sent to Germany as a prisoner of war and con; deiuned to ptuial servitude. ' i- * v # The ''Beruor Tagwacht," a Swiss Socialist newspaper, quotes a Budapest paper, which says that the Hungarian mills are making great profits out of tho War. whilst tho prices of bread are increasing. A statistical 1 table shows that tho Hungarian mills are mal-ing an average net profit of 3G.35 per cent., whilst some mills are making 72 nnd 77 p ,v r cent not profit. ', S* $ * if Major Newman also expressed doubt as to whether His Majesty's Government will allow an American Relief Committee to land in Ireland to work under tho Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Lord Robert Cocil said that until it knows more about it tho Govern! ment can express no opinion. Surely Great B'it.'un will not oppose in unhappy Ireland what Germany allowed in her conquered territories. —"Wo- r.ich';; Dreadnought." i :■:.**« I I onro read a poem, a most fiery j piece of verse, and it urged all men ; to take part, iv fh,> war, got a gun ! and git off to liauders immediately. j Shame on those who did not go! The I fellow who wrote thnt poem is n bit of ! a literary swell, nnd I looked up his name in "Who's Who," and find that he is a year or two above military ago. j IF I wero a man of seventy and could pick v.p fury enough to write that j poem, I'd be off to the recruiting
! agent tho moment the last lino was penned, and I'd tell the most damnable lies to get off and have a smack at tho Hun. But that literary swell hasn't enlisted yet. —Patrick Mac Gill, iv "The Great Push." * * * * Sir Stephen Collins stated in the House of Commons that a conscientious objector, Sydney Cooper, of Leeds, had. been frogmarched at Richmond until Hood rushed from his mouth, also that P. H. P. Larkman and R. Miller wero punched on the head and face by Sergeant Miller, and handcuffed for 28 hours with their hands fastened to an iron rod above their heads, so that they had to stand on tip-too and with a weight of 20 lbs. upon them. This is militarism [—"Women's Dreadnought." * * * * Tho German paper "Der Tag" remarks on the short-sighted policy of I saving on education and instruction of j tho great masses of the people: "By the fact alone that British children aro deprived of eduoatton we shall have a great victory over England, for after the war, more than ever before, will knowledge and education, organisation, and adaptability on tho part of all classes of tho population assure victory in the economic struggle." * * * ;» Wβ learn from the London "Times' " Russian Supplement of June 24 that the Russian Government has permitted the importation of cheap Chinese labour to take the place of tho native artisan and agricultural worker. This should pleaso the British Fatriotic Financiers who are lending their ill-gotten gains from war contracts, so that RuGsia can develop her natural resources. In a special article on "Labour Problems" in this supplement, a writer remarks that "concerning Chinese labour it would bo difficult to find any substantial objection to it. What ,is more, it must be said that it would j be irrational not to take advantage of j the neighbouring capacious Chinese labour market, with its hundreds of thousands of CHEAP WORKMEN." Just so, but they do not tell the worker that when he is asked to givo up his life "for hig country."