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(To the Editor.) Sir, —The opinions expressed in the columns of your paper by various so-call ed Socialists and reformers "re th? Dreadnought question and the evils of the capitalistic system," recall to my memory the success or rather the nonsuccess that has attended a few past Socialistic ventures. The writer ■wishes to mention one in particular, viz.: Some yeaT3 past it will be remembered that a barque named -the Royal Tar left Australia for (Paraguay with a full complement of Socialistic emigrants, fuJly equipped -with the necessaries of life, farming implements, etc.; in 'fact, with almost all that was necessary to attain success; also, on strict terms -of social equality, and far removed from that detested incubus, the ■ capitalist, and with all these advantages what were the -results ? Apparently, while thetucker lasted all ment merry as the proverbial marriage bells, then the trouble arose who should command; in other words, "equality being a very strong point," who should supervise and who should work? It appears that so much time was taken up in attempting to demonstrate and decide this very vexed question, "to the detriment of more useful operations," that their resources, "the maligned capitalists not being at hand," came almost to an end. Then it be-: came a matter of every man for himself. Some had the good sense and the. self-reliance of their nationality to contrive to better themselves by finding their way to fields and pastures new, with a greater population, and more settled, and run to a certain extent by that social pest, the capitalist. Others again of the party, either disheartened, or for the want of energy, 'bethought themselves of the land "of their nativity or adoption, and wrote soliciting assistance to return, finally leaving the land of Utopian Eden-like promise sadder, and let us hope wiser men, although their experience does not appear to have had a very permanent or far-reaching effect. In view of what has taken place at the recent meeting of the Trades and Labour Council, and the views expressed, fortunately for the. future reputation of the Dominion, 'by an inconsiderable minority, it should foe an object lesson to them, that the stranded Socialistic Royal Tarists' application -was not made to Germany or any Governments other than that of their own" nationality for relief or the aid of their parental protection and control. ~So; they -were wiser in their distress and realised, at least for the time being, the value of what they •had lost, better than some here to-day, who are easier circumstanced. In conclusion, the writer desires it to be \mtlerstood that he has not taken up the cudgels altogether on behalf of capitalists, for he fully -recognises that there are good, indifferent, and bad in all classes cf society.—l am. etc., NEW ZEALAMDER.

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SOCIALISTIC COMMENTS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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SOCIALISTIC COMMENTS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909