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THE SEAMEN'S UNION., Issue 7905, 13 May 1889
THE SEAMEN'S UNION.
TO THIS EDITOR. Sir,—"Member" should have signed himself "Official." I am not the candidate rejected months ago, but his letter points distinctly to me, so I reply. He accuses me of sitting on a fence and being in a steady billet for eight years. This has no foundation except in his own fertile imagination. Mine has Deen a very varied mode of existence. I would have joined the Union long ago, only MrDodson (the then secretary) told me distinctly that I could not, not having a colonial coasting discharge. As for seamen having powers of discernment, I am quite aware, fiom my personal study, that no class of men have made such rapid strides in education and social status as seamen, but unfortunately some of them are too easily led. " Member" ia quite right in assuming that I would bo an enemy (to his interests only) in the camp, beet use I would agitate until the meetings of the Union were held in some place where they would command more confidence and respect from the community. I am persuaded from my knowledge of the members that I would have a pretty easy task. lam glad to know the Union can get as much money as they require and how it is obtained, and, possibly, I know a little more about societies than he does. Ido not see why the teamen here should not be as good as British, seeing that they are drafted from Britain ; but praise, like honors and the letters J.P., is so indiscriminately bestowed that we must judge for ourselves what they are worth. When "Member" speaks ''of the dangers of the sea " he is surely dreaming of Nelson's time. With modern ships, science, and education, Jack is safer than the hod-carrier on some of the rickety scaffolding too often to be seen. I do not live in a glass house, so fear not his stonethrowing. The reason of my rejection lam as well aware of as he is.
$1 endorse "Eye-witnessV'point that every seaman having the necessary qualification should be admitted, else the Union is a monopoly. A monopoly of any description is antagonistic to the interests of the community. In conclusion, how are some men rejected several times and eventually admitted ? say, for instanco, what the union would call a " blackleg "—he is blackballed four times and the fifth elected. Now, what penance or act of contrition has he performed, or what influence at last elected him ?
Now, Mr " Member," whether your union Btands or not is a matter of supreme indifference to me. I will continue in the even tenor of my ways without noticing you or your epistles.—l am, etc., W.B. Dunedin, May 13.
THE LAMBTON MEMORIAL, TO THK EDITOR.
Sir,—l am delighted to see from your paper that there is a movement on foot to commemorate one who has so long and ably devoted herself to doing good to her less fortunate fellow-creatures. One had only to know Miss Lambton to love and admire her. I think the suggestion of a library for the Young Women's Christian Association, to be called the Lambton Library, is an excellent one, and I beg to enclose my mite towards it.—l am, etc , A Friend.
Dunedin, May 13. [The subscription enclosed has been re ceived by us.—Ed. E.S.]
THE SEAMEN'S UNION., Issue 7905, 13 May 1889
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