In an article entitled "The Pleasant Side o£ the Situation," the "Dominion" draws attention to the benefits of the present labour struggle. The article fi st deals with the marvellous way in which men have turned out to observe law and order, and been thereby made to realize the value of making a stand against lawlessness. It 13 stated (hat one of the chief errors of the time is to regard with a sentimental "flabbiness" all social and labour problems :—
" Many of the men who to day are doing such Bplendid service as special constables a month ago would have laughed at the idea of filling such a role. Who can doubt that they are wiser and batter citizens for their expert, ence ? And as it is with these publicspirited men who have come forward to take a direct active part in upholding law and order, so also, and in hardly hsj degree, with the community generally. The pnblio to-day realise better tban the/ have ever dene before their responsibility and their power. Who on Borne Saturday night has not seen a police constable endeavouring to take a half ■ drunken young reprobate to cool his heels in tha lockup, while a crowd of thoughtless partisans cheer the efforts of the struggling man to resist removal, sometimes even assisting him? Do the onlookers realise that tbe policeman is tbeir employee; doing their work ; upholding their law ? Very few think of the matter f;om that point of viewsome will never do so—but a olearer nnd truer understanding of tbe duty which the public owe to assist those who uphold the law will be one of the assured after.-affeots of the present troub'e, Then, again a whole o Borne lesson has been learned respecting the vital part the man on tbe lanplays — and must always play —in shaping the destinities of this country. It is an everyday thing to hear the farmer spoken of as tt c backbone of the country but such expressions go in one ear and out the other, and leave no real impress on the minds of most people, To-day there is a truer understanding of what the farmer means to New Zealand than has before existed here. It is not merely that the farm people have oome to the assistance of the cities to put down lawlessness and mob rale, but behind the action of these bands of sturdy and resolute men who bave shown their determination to ship the products of their farms in spite of. all diffiouliies and against any odds has been glimpsed some conception of bow deeply the prosperity of the whole Dominion depends on tbe industry and enterprise of its country settlers. A stronger bond of sympathy must be established between town and country as ths result; and this is not the least of the com., pensations which go to balance the evils of the strike. There are othera, notably the exposure of the bogy of the General Strike, and also the demonstration tbat has been afforded to labour unionism that sane and reasonable methods are infinitely preferable for all parties, to the crude and brutal weapons of mob violence and organised terrorism."
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AN-UNUSUAL OUTLOOK., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 25 November 1913
AN-UNUSUAL OUTLOOK. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 25 November 1913
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