HIS STORIES IN AUSTRALIA.
It was not by lack of efforts that Mr Semple, as one oi: the lied prophets, did not gain honour in his adopted country during the;, late strike (says the V\Tcilington,. " I'ost "). The luck was against him; he. could not pick a winner at all; every horse turned out to be a nightmare. Fortune seemed xo wait specially to hear what Mr Semple had to say, and then the opposite happened. After such a - succession of misses in New Zealand, Mr Semplo has gone to a different course. He is hoping to find comfort h\ Australia. ''Barrier Daily Truth*'' is the nnmc of a Labour paper published at Broken Hill, but the name does not exactly fit the report of a speech by Mr Semple. His discourse was accepted seriously by his audience, -horrified by the bloodcurdling tales which the Red Federal organiser knows how to tell. To New Zealanders, including Red Federals, much of Mr Semple's lurid harangue must be very amusing.
liv free-and-easy'manner, Mr Semple. who. is not a New Zealander, travelled this country's industrial history for the past 20 years. He knew his subject so well that he conferred a knighthood on the late Mr Seddon. Twice the Liberal legislator is styled "Sir Richard Seddon," and twice "Sir -Richard." In all cases the "Sir" appears.
Mr Semple went all out" to the Broken Hill crowd, thus:—-"The Arbitration Court ('when Sir Richard died') developed into one of the mostAiJe institutions of the world.'. The Judgy scowled at the unionists, and insulted them when they asked for a few crumbs from the tables of. the employers." •■. ■; ■■: .-•■■'■■■ ' '
. A new story of Waihi (one of a, limitless series):—"The men were helped by the women, and so brilliant- was their fight that the Government intervened. The companies had been defeated by the workers—(cheers)—so the Government sent up arnpd raeii to bludgeon thorn into submission." •
Yet Mr' Somple is one of those who cry: "Lying press." About the recent .strike: —"■lmmediately they (the Wellington watersidcrs) took action, the Government issued a warning to farmers, took the hooligans, and criminals, from gaol, and gave them the badges of special coiir stables. Clubs' and revolvers-were '"issued to them. Twenty thousand of tlies-3 creatures were sent against .the workers." Mr Scruple's arithmetic is not a dead science; it does grow. Mr Semple dislikes the Minister of Justice —who checked strikers' lawlessness. " Minister of Murder" is the milder part of the extremely bitter allegations against Mr Herdman.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8818, 14 March 1914
HIS STORIES IN AUSTRALIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8818, 14 March 1914
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