"Sweating" and Christianity.
In a sermon at Invercargill recently by the Rev. Mr Isitt on 'Business is Business,' incidental reference wan made to the fondness of some women for bargain making. If ono could be present at an afternoon tea something like this would probably bo heard:—"l have jUBt been reading 'The Bitter Cry of Outcast London.' It is shocking that poor creatures are ground down so in that city. Then there is this 'sweating' in Dunedin—it is dreadful to think that such a thing should exist in the colony." Then, after a few minutes of pious and generous talk of this kind, the conversation would drift round to dress " You gave 24s for that boy's suit, my dear? Why, I can get my boy's suits for 18s "—full of gladness at having saved so much, and never asking whether the lower pi ice did not make the difference between " sweating " and the payment of a fair wage to the worker. In Christian England not long ago "sweating" had been brought to such perfection that women and children had been ground down till they made 144 matchboxes for 3i ( d, and not satisfied with that, advantage was taken of the dire necessity of the poor creatures to grind them lower and get more done for less money. And some of those concerned in these'things actually posed before the world as philanthropists ! What a farce it was ! There was a noble pile in England that had been built by a merchant philanthropist for destitute oiphans, and as passengers in the trains gazed upon it they invoked blessiogs on the head of tho builder; but his workpeople, out of whose pockets ho had ground the money that went to build the structure, used to curse him in their hearts and with their lips.
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"Sweating" and Christianity., Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement
"Sweating" and Christianity. Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement
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