HOW THE YORKSHIRE TRADE IS AFFECTED.
In the course of a letter from Keighley, Yorkshire, received by a local resident, the writer states: —“ A few Keighley /inns have been very badly hit by the war, and are running only 24 hours a week, tho hands ‘playing’ a. week in turn. A few other firms, however —three in particular-- am very busy ; having - received Government orders for khaki, they arc. working at high pressure., in one case night and day shifts. One smaller firm were hist on the )>oint of winding up. but this sadden rush of business changed the outlook, and they are busy with serges and colored materials, though finding it rather diilicult to get the raw material. Prices, too, are rising by leaps and bounds. 'For one particular stuff in tho rn.w state the price in 1809 was 7-J-d per lb ; now it is Is 9d. The same stuff made into yarn has risen in the same time from 11, Id to 2s. As yon no doubt know, Germany has had the monopoly in aniline dyeing - , and now onr English firms arc at a. great disadvantage in regard to colored stuff. They arc trying their best, of course, to compete, but, don't think they will manage it. No one firm could lay down a plant to do it, and if a plant was put down by a company or by the Government the cost would be enormous. All dye ware is. up in price anywhere from 100 per cent, to 200 per cent. TEMPTATIONS TO SOLDIERS. A few days before his death Lord Roberts wrote tlm following letter to the editor of : Tho Times’: j Will you kindly allow mo, through the medium of your paper, to make an appeal to my country men and yomcn upon a most vital subject, which is causing mo very great uneasiness? All classes in the United Kingdom are showing a keen interest in our Forces engaged in the .struggle now going on for our country's existence as a nation, and they are being munificent in their efforts to supply tho wants of our gallant soldiers and .sailors lighting abroad. Hut 1 feel it my duty to point out to the civil population that putting temptation in the way of our soldiers by injudiciously treating them to drink is injurious to them and prejudicial to our chances of victory. Thousands of young recruits are now collected together in various places, and arc having their work interfered with and their constitutions undermined by being tempted to drink by a friendly but thoughtless public, and also by tho tact that public-houses are kept open to a late hour of the night. 1 cannot believe that the owners of such houses arc less patriotic and more pelfI seeking than their fellow-subjects, or that they would deliberately, tor the sake of gain, prevent our soldiers being sufficiently trained in Laxly and nerve to enable them to undergo the, strain of the arduous service which is before them —a strain which only flrti strongest, physically and morally can be trusted to endure. 1 therefore beg most earnestly that publicans in particular and the. public cenoraliy will do their best to prevent our young soldiers being templed to drink. My appeal applies equally for the members of the Oversea Contingents, who have so generously and nii.scllie.illy come over here, to help its in our hour of need. 1 hear that 300 of the Canadian Contingent are. to take part, in the Lord Mayor's Show next Monday (November 9). and my sincere hope, is that, while extending to them a hearty British welcome, no temptation to excess may be put in the way of these soldiers of the Ivin.g, men whom the nation delights to honor, which will lend to lower them in the eyes of the world.
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HOW THE YORKSHIRE TRADE IS AFFECTED., Evening Star, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915