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A Gloomy Ontlook.

The "Auckland Herald," m a article on the industrial outlook, remarks :—We have an enormous birth rate and a very small mortality. Our young people will not go on the land, there is no possibility of trades or manufacturers employing them, for at tho present rate of wages and hours of work it, would be simply lunacy for any man to embark capital m any industrial enterprise. We shall, under the reign of monopolies and guilds, have to do as our ancestors did. We shall have to use homespun m the place of manufactured cloth, honey instead of sugar, home-made bread instead of baker's bread, :v.u\ each man will have to make his own shoes, 'am! each goodwife to knit the hose for the family ; the spinning wheel Avill again be a regular article of household furniture, and very profitably replace the much-injured piano. There will be many discomforts at first, and we, who have been accustomed t<> the luxuries produced by the power of associated capital, will find it rather awkward, and the world will look as if it were going backwards. After all we may be the better for it; and our descendants Avill be a robuster, hardier race, than the pallid, sickly, lanky youths and palofaced consumptive girls Avho fill the streets and workshops of the great industrial centres about which vre hare heard so much brag m the past, but Avhose day seems over aow, or Avill be very shortly.

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A Gloomy Ontlook., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890

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A Gloomy Ontlook. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2522, 19 September 1890

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