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THE INDUSTRIAL STRIKE.

Thk news of tbe waning of tbe 1913 -■tiiko ia weicome indeed, and it is to he hoped that before Christmas it will be at an end. All parties have suf fered, but , , as is the way of all strikes, rbe woiking man baa suffered most. Tbe folly of the strike system was denounced by the Hon. J. A. Millar in his able speech last week. He added that hie experience was that tbe working man suffered overy time, and he should know as well as any man in New Zealand. If men are being underpaid they can demand a rito in wages, but it is allowed wages are better here than elsewhere. Curiously enough it is the emigrant workmen from other countries—men who come from places where far worse conditions exist as regards labour—who cause the strife. Presumably, seeing that they are on a better wicket here, these men consider it may be possible to improve tbing3 still more, and hence the feeling of discontent. The de pendonce of all classes one upou tbe other is as strong to day as it has ever been, Students of Eoman history will remember bow in tbe early days of the great ci'.y an able philosopher settled a dispute between the patricians and plebeians. It will be remembered that the latter who, of coursp, represented the working clasp, left Rome altogether, and were only brought back by the common cense lesson taught them by the philosopher. He spoke to them by way of a fable, in which he illustrated the patricians as the stomach of a body and the plebeians aa tbe other organs. The latter, annoyed at the apparent idleness of the stomach, struck, and refused to work any longer for the idle organ The result was the organs not only starved the stomach, but wasted away them selves. This old and storied fable, probably wall known to all our readers, might well be preached to Professor Mills, and Messrs Semple, Hickey, Young and Co- Unfortun ately, these men do not suffer as the true working man doe?, as they do not work themselves, but draw salaries from the misguided men whom they lead. We believe the workers have lost considerable faith in these leaders , but tbe harm has been done, and tbe pinch will come next winter when employment will be scarce and the loss caused by the strike will be felt keenly.

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THE INDUSTRIAL STRIKE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4358, 19 December 1913

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THE INDUSTRIAL STRIKE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4358, 19 December 1913

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