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OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Issue 15678, 17 December 1914
OUR SYDNEY LETTER
STRAINED RELATIONS. , The tension between the two sections of the party in power growa more and more severe. To the ordinary observer it would appear that breaking" point must shortly be reached. Certainlv no other leader of no other party would submit to bo treated as Mr Holman is treated by some of his followers. But thero is .1 limit to the endurance, of even the most pachydermatous of politicians. At least hitherto there always has been such a limit, and when it has been overpassed there has been a cataclysm. Some folks tell us that something of tho kind_ might occur at any moment. But it cant well occur so long as tho party vote, as one man, no matter what some of tho members mav say or think. And with the Christmas recess in sight and tho prospect that ho may be ablo to evade the attacks of the disgruntled ones by a prolonged trip to England, it seems much more probable that tho Premier will sit tight." After all " hard words break no bones." Sooner or later tho verbal storm spends its force. WHAT THEY SAY. . A question put in the Assembly last niffht bv Mr Hollis, an old and prominent Labor member and Government "supporter," gives some idea of what f lr Holman has to put up with. Mr Hollis was indignant because tho Radway Com missioners had applied to the Arbitration Court for the suspension of the award which prescribes increases of pay. mu tho hon. gentleman make it clear to the members of his party whether he lias become a convert to the principles ol Liberalism? Will he let tho party know exactly how ho stands, so that we can form a 'cave-,' and knock him out at the most convenient moment?" was the question asked. Needless to say, it was not answered. The 'Worker,' m its la*t issue complained that certain members of the Ministry have " become intoxicated with their own fancied sell-importance. They havo become victims of tho leader obsession, forgetting, what no truo Laborite can afford to forget, that they are the servants of Labor, and not its masters. Tha Labor organ maintains that tho details of Ministerial policy snould be decidod by tho Caucus—a most impracticable proposition. It complains, perhaps with more reason, that the first that some members knew of several recent important financial proposals was what they read about thorn in tho "capitalistic, Press. As a matter of fact, apart from the '•ironclad pledge," which ensures that all the members shall vote the same way, the partv- arc little better than a- ropo ot sand'. If important action had to wait till some semblance of agreement had been reached, the Government would " miss the bus : ' every time. But t-nis is a view of the matter which is sedulcuslv in the background by those gifted members who imagine that they could run the country much better than the gentleman whom the party elected to hold tho portfolios. Everybody thinks that ho knows better than the editor how to run the paper, and nearly every Labor man seems to think that he knows how to run the country far better than the Ministers for whom ho has voted. POOR MAN'S BEER. Vorv promct-lv the lirem-ed victuallers of Sydney have* taken action in view ol the increase in the duties on beer and spirits. The "pint o' beer" will henceforth cost 4d instead of 3d, and for beer in bottles 7d instead of 6d will have to be paid. Threepenny nobblcrs are henceforth to be 4d. and the more aristocratic sixpennv " whiskey " is to be 9d. English ale is to be Is 3d per bottle, or 14s 6d PT dozen quarts; and pints are to bo lOd each, or 9s 6d per dozen. Bottled spirits, quarts, aro beins raised by HO a bottle, and pints by 6d a bottle. It is contended by somo who profess to know that the bar trado of the hotels remaining has boon so enormously miproved bv the eurtailment of their num. tier under the Local Option Act that they could well afford to continue to sell at tho old prices. Fortunately tne luxuries which the'publican dispenses can readily be dispensed with, so that no one nee<l d.iv the extra amount unless he chooses. X 'hogshead of beer formerly cost £0 Us 6d. The present price, owing to, the'increase in the excise, is i! 4 <s 9d. >\i 1 Mr b" able to f-av, as a British Chancellor of the Exchequer once said : " U'e have drunk ourselves out oi «imTHE WOOL SALES. The Sydney wool sales have been resumed after the. adjournment to enaolc buyers to attend the sales at Brisbane. Trie removal of the embargo on export to Japan and America imparted more ife to the market. But taulty wools wore difficult to srdl at anv price, and even better qualities showed a substantial reduction ea compared with prices mlng at this time last year. The comparative statement of transactions is not pleasant read in*. Up to date in tho current .v:a----«on sales of 92,000 bales aro reported. At this time last year no less than 477,000 bales had changed hands. However -wool is a commodity that- will keep fairly well, and before this time next vear" it- is quite possible that a change may have come over the spirit of the dre'im. to the great benefit ot growo s and holders. Before long the wool is likely to be wanted very badly indeed. When that comes to pass the nitccH will assume a very different aspect. INDIAN IMMIGRATION. Tha papers received by Mr Holman, the State. Premier, from the Imperial Govern-ni.-nt, relative to the cplendid and generous support which lias been given to tne Emoire bv the princes and peoples of Indiaon European battlefields, are. naturally attracting much attention and discussion, from ma.r.v points of view. We all fo&l that sonic acknowledgment o! their bravery and &clf-:-,a-Hike is dtie, and that it will bo humiliating in the oxtremo, i£ that acknowledgment takes the hn?3 roceritlv adopted by certain unions at Cockatoo Island, rather than others which will be more worthy of Australia-. The language of the Viceroy of India, in opening the proceedings oi his Legislative Council, was statesmanlike and guarded. At that time there was much soreness in India at tiic refusal of Canada, to admit Indian immigrants, and he bad to appeal to the Indian public to view the subject in no narrow Wht. India had her rights. But so, he vemir.dfd them, ha.ie the colonics and the dominions. He expressed his confidence, that, if it should be deemd desirable to negotiate with the colonial Governments, they, with t-hoir strong Imperial instincts, would meet the Indian representations in no mean or niggardly spirit, provided that somo readiness to meat them halfwav be shown. Do considered, rightly or wronglv, that the fact that the splendid Indian f.-'lsiier.-. are fichting side by side and shoulder to shoulder with their colonial fellow -subjects against the common enemy is a guarantee of fair and generous treatment on both sides in a controversy of this nafure. The war is coing to bo the death of manv thinps hitherto considered sacrosanct. Will it destroy the unwillingness■ of Australians to recognise the urgent needs and reasonable claims of their colored fellow-subjects? —DIED OF FRIGHT. . A great monkey, c£ the chimpanzee species, slipped his chain at Maa-rickviUe the other nigiif, and before he could be 10captnred, so terrified 'a poor woman in the street, that she died of fright thcro and then. Who would ever hav<j supposed that such a catastrophe could happen in Sydney? The beast is sft high, as strong oa a hoi'se, and it took all that the owner, assisted by two policemen, could do to "remand liim to his former custody." Ho camo so near throttling one of the policemen that he had to shoot the animal in the hand to get free. No doubt the poor beast thought that he was having tho time of his life—if monkeys can think at all. But no-sv" different ar» the points of vi*w. Fortunately tu ,° dispute as to ! whether tk-» monkey tribes are degraded j men, or whether, on the other hand, men are descended from monkeys, seems to ' have died a natural death. There is abundance of evidence which mav bo construed as favoring either one sido, or the other. In view- of some of the exploits of J Soma, ml *the 'German* \a *&%Jbun f ..'g«»,4i»-JaJ
doubt whether iio ought to apologise to tho monlceysj for harboring the thought that they could possibly be the progenitors of such demoiiiae de^benduntß.
OUR SYDNEY LETTER, Issue 15678, 17 December 1914
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