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"Forty thousand people are'idle in this rich city," says a Los Angeles newspaper, "and ; theso people and their families are growing impatient. They demand a chance to work, to earn food for themselves in this, land of. plenty." Apparently the industrial depression reported from California has taken a serious form. More than 1000 of the unemployed'attended a meeting in Los Angeles the other week and passed a resolution calling upon the municipal authorities to provide employment either on agricultural land or on public parks. -

i "The resolution carries no alternative," said one speaker. "I move to add to it the provision that if the City Council does not act within seventy-two hours, we, the sufferers, will raze this c%." - The Chairman refused to accept this amendment, but the newspaper reports ■show-that the temper of the meeting was very high.

The trouble in California seems to have been accentuated by a movement of labour towards the San Francisco Exhibition, and the businessmen of the State are protesting that their country is being given quite the wrong kind pi advertisement. The industrial depression in the United States extends far beyond the borders of California. .

"Probably 2,000,000 men are unemployed in the United States this year," reports the Illinois State.Bureau of Labour. "The number is greater than in any previous year. Thousands of them are in Chicago or travelling here to find v haven for the winter months. I believe the city should give them lodging and then put them to work on public enterprises." '

A Chicago newspaper told its readers a few Weeks ago that they were paying thousands of dollars a month for extra policemen to protect their homes from the hungry., "If, the conditions are not.■relieved,'"./;it. asked, . '"'how many policemen will it take, to keep the hungry army ' from raiding the ; residences and stores of this city for food? Do you think! you can deny men food and work indefinitely, or are you ignorant of the conditions?"

The cities of Portland and Salem, in Oregon, have used municipal fundss to provide work for unemployed men lately. The trouble is being attributed to many causes, among them Dr Wood r iow Wilson's new tariff, which has removed a. certain- amount of 'protection from American industries. . : '

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SLUMP IN AMERICA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8817, 13 March 1914

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SLUMP IN AMERICA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8817, 13 March 1914

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