Notes and Comment
Maoriland Worker, Rōrahi 11, Putanga 208, 15 Hakihea 1920, Page 1
Notes and Comment
Praise to God who giveth meat Convenient unto ail who eat; P" aise for tea and buttered toast, father, Son and Holy Ghost. —it. L. Gale. r 'As the Lord lireth, we do not desire an Inch of territory."—Lloyd George in 1914. in 1920 Great Britain increased her territory by over 1,000.000 square miles. Liveth the Lord ? * * * « The quickest way to find happiness J.s in a dictionary. * * -» a THE GREAT WAR >v-vi shall it be nought but the whisperings of a tired child, Forced to learn by rote the empty story. S. Winsten. it vr * w Tbe Wellington Cricket Association considers it undesirable" that military defaulters deprived of their civil rights should be allowed to play cricket under its jurisdiction. "The lkuuiflled fools at the wicket!" W"- regret to notice an appreciable decline in the robust anti-llunnism ef the "N.Z. Times." In a review of a book on Thomas Corlylc written by Augustus Ralli ihe "N.Z. Times" e.vpr:-;-i-ies a hanpy relief of spirit becaust Mr. Ralli is able to confine Carly'e's "pro-Germanism" "to the spiri* ual world of the great Germans who nourished before the war." The "Tinivs" then makes the following confession: "Justice and commoniiense do not permit us to throw Goethe. Schiller, Nichbube, and Momf-en. Beethoven, Haydn. Mozart, and Schubert on the scrapheap, because, fMU-Germunism, under a limited, haif-mad Kaiser, made such a fool of itself." But during the war the last four of ihese were severely eliminated from the conceit programmes in deference to the agitation of such 'tapers as the "N.Z. Times." Is the "Times" growing flabby on is it seized with a realisation of its past stupidity. After listening to tho jeremiads of Mr. Pryor and his pals in the witness bo:; during the 9/- bonus palaver be" fore the Arbitration Court on the slump, the unemployment crisis, tho fall in prices, the yawning abyss threatening to engulf industry and comme':cc, and horrors piled on hor-1 rors, we read with amazement Mr. I Masaey's interview in Auckland in j which he pitched quite a different i story and in effect contradicted the prognostications of his friends. Mr. | Massey was rosily optimistic, and our [ hearts rejoiced as we dwelt ou his < declaration that there were no signs ! ot financial collapse. But wo felt that j there must bo some l!'a*'s somewhere. I Is this the explanation: that if Mr. I Pryor spoke the truth according to Mr. Massey the Court would certainly award the bonus, while if Mr. Massey spoke the truth, according lo Mr. Pryor. he would injure our financial stability and lose votes? II is terrible to l**;,.fyothat they both indulged in feti;ion to suit their own pur-1 iioses. } S * -/J -S From the withdrawal of Argentine! from the League of Nations owing! (among other things) to the League's j refusal to admit ALL sovereign [ States one would infer (and quite! n'i'hciy) thiat; the League is nothing! but ci combination of victorious capi-; i.alist powers bent on humiliating the i vanquished and making the world) trifa for exp/*! iters. Color is given ro. i lib; inference by (he fact that the p'ji.-'i'us who deplore the breakaway of i Argentine arc resolved to prevent the • •uiov.ision of Armenia. Such an at- i tiliub towards Armenia after the lam- | oiuilk'us of Christendom during the | last three generations over her un- ] happy fate is an evidence of hypoc- t rlsy somewhere, ami reveals Lloyd ] Gcorgo, Loygues, and Sforza as a trio i o? precious humbugs. . One cable ex- .. plains that the decision to oppose i Armenia's admittance is duo to a'< probable revision of tho Turkish t treafy consequent on electoral do- j vekipihents in Greece. There may be i same truth in this, but there is v in the other cable which states that i "Araionia lias become a Soviet: Reptib- c lie." If Armenia has become so dls- reputable need we wonder at the re- t notation ef Messrs. Gcorgo and Co.f to keep- the League unsjotteu from a ■it; influence? i
History (in the school Looks): The evil tiial men do. * # -::- -:'• What, else is war: but two groups 3. of knaves sending two groups of fools to Ihcir destruction?— Paul Dls. d . "Where are you going, littie maid?" 11 "I'm off to prison, sir,'" she said. r "What would you in a house of c care?" "I'm off to see my father there." "Your father, child! How comes s he there?" "'I will not kill,' he did declare." "You'll make him happy, little maid." c "I may not touch him, sir," she said. S. Winslen, ? « * -::• * We notice that when the bottom falls out of the wool market the patriotic small farmer has no objection 11 to saving bis lacon by selling his " wool to the Germans. They prefer >■ i trading with the enemy to ncgofiai>'!ing with the Official Assignee. Only c ; ono thing restrains them, aud that i-:--| that "German gold," being paper. j might be inconvertible into gonu'nio c I coin. a I * •:> * * L! The cables inform us that for the [i ! first time in the history of yachting | in Australia the Governor-General " | piloted his own yacht over a twentyeimile imile course. This interests us not at c | all. but we were interested in V.i? 3 1 statement that his yacht, came last. c ]This is bad. Things are managed * I better in New Zealand, where Jellicoo "always scores the highest at cricket, f I More discretion is required across the "jTasman or the dignity of the Gover*' uor-General's office Avill be under'• mined. U « "! ?: # J The capitalist politicians assembled . j at. Geneva iv the guise of the League i jof Nations Jmust, regard Sir .lames] Alien a'< most undlnlomatica'.ly crude. I , Allen, wo 'lead in the cables, moved ] to reduce the Labor organisation's i I budget by half a million francs, de-; daring that the amounts spent on officials were altogether too high. • This was unceremoniously /lung out . by 34 votes to 2. Sir James apparently doesn't realise that with a horde , of highly paid Labah officials Vox wangling of (he workers is much 5 more easy to accomplish. Wo hone | the 3-1 will instruct our dull knight in . j the finesse of this valuable art. -:;• * -iv * j it Discussing the situation created by j : j the p"oposed extension in paper cur: rency by the banks, which is cm-; am , I to increase prices, and thereby bad •lo demands for increased wages, the! : i "X.Z. Times" refers approvingly to aj :!statement in the "Observer" to Hie' : J effect that what is needed to s>abi'-j i ise industry is a reduction in wages. : I If the "T/ues" will road this slate-j ment over again it may begin to real-! ise why ttie Liberal Party will nore'.' rule in this country any more. •;•» # * -X- The Worker has. been laboring for some years under (he delusion that the Massey Government, governed the I country, but it is now quite clear tbat lUhe bankers govern the government,! ami through the. Government, the j ! country. Convincing proof of this! I may be seen in the conditions imposed ; I on Mr. Massey by the banks in con-1 [nceliou with the six million reUiru-j' | ed soldiers' loan. To secure the loan ' JMr. Massey has been compelled to' ; agree to an extension of the basis ; < on which tune currency may be is-j j sued. Previously the issue of notes . i was limited by the value of th? coin, j bullion, and public securities held , < by the banks, but under tbe new ciis-i--pensatioii to this value may be added j i all war Joan advances made by tin* j * 'banks in respect to the loan. This I! little essay in financiers' patriotism 1 places the banks in a position whore [ * they will draw Ci per cent, on the i loaii itself plus tho profit they will J make on Lite issue of the extra notes. i Another consideration worth noting * j is this: At a time when the deflation.; of paper currency is universally held i to be essoniial to a reduction of *" prices the banks insist on a further,! Inflation. Thus, while their spokes- t maiu Harold Bcauchamp, goes to the t j Arbitration Court to oppose the con- f i cession of any further wages to the c i workers, tlicy, out of pure self-hs- t terest, take a course calculated to , s .further increase prices. Truly wen: are under the dictatorship ol the s tankers' eoTiefc, t
In an article on "G"eek Faith - ' tho "N.Z. Times" castigate-:-; the ungrateful Greeks, anil Kays. "Venisclos, with better insight (than Constantino), backed the Allies, to the"great advantage of his people." With all due respect to the "Times" we suggest that the Greeks themselves don't seem to c think so. i -!*• ■)■; tt * That was very nasty of Japan to 5 reply to the Christian missionaries ~ j that in the suppression of the Kov" | cans her military officers had been injstrucled not to imitate the methods •j of General Dyer at Amrllftar. Japan's j impertinence is insufferable. She f I should be informed that although j English Christiana don't object to j large scale assassinations of unarmed :.; men, women, and children when com-3 j milted by British soldiers they have •. a decided objection to being reminded „i of it. j J Thank heaven President Wilson's; ' | final message to Congress has been I delivered. From now on oblivion will j engulf liini and his platitudes will 1 j offend us no more. His last effusion "iis well up to standard, garnished as 1 j it is Willi honeyed humbug alouf, (he i ' j "will power of democracy" and "right [ 'i and justice towards individuals and - j njiiiouK." With us this stuff cuts no 'j ice at all. Willi Eugene DoLs iv gaol j ; ; for ten years when a stroke of Wil• son's pen would release him aud his, '! comrades it reads like the purest j I hypocrisy. We prefer old "Tiger" ! Clemenceau lo Wilson and his tinsell? j cd verbosity.
;' OmWOVOWVOOWVVVVWijVWQ . ! Admiral Sir Percy Scott's opinion is that battleships arc "useless' and ' "when they leavo port to fight they have to be guarded • by a whole flotilla of destroyers." -As, however, ] anything from a quarter to half a mil- ' lion sterling profit cau be made from ! the construction of n battleship it is • ! hardly rational to expect the anma-1' ! men!-:- firms, who run the Government, j ; !to submit to tiio replacement of bat-j ' : Ueships by submarines and other [' ! smalt craft on which the profit is j • j negligible by comparison. In the cir- j' ' c-iiinstances considerations of useless- j< ' loss c-'boukl not be allowed to act as j f ; deterrents V this important matter.; 1 ! *" ".* -it !f 4r | ! The Worker congratulates the, j Prisons Board on its enlightened re-j I commendations - in the treatment of; - | saxual criminals. To agree that sex- [-I i ir.il crimes arc generally committed i ' during periods of subnormality, and!t ito urge segregation and special med-j f! | leal and even surgical treatment is I I much more humane and intelligent (c than Judge Stringer's very recent j s proposal for the ve-introduction of t flogging. With the Prisons Depart- c meat paying prisoners a wage, and J c admitting that.many crimes are com- I mittcd under the influence of evil j economic pressure, and the Prisons b Board substituting investigation ami r treatment for punishment iv the mat- c tor of sexual explosions we evidently * are getting on. Now that the idea 1 €«.f temporary insanity is being used t Lo explain crime in sexual life as well p as suicide it is not imnosaible that I murder may be similarly explained, I and thus might be ended the fright- C Cul barbarity of capital punishment, ys