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The Interviewer

EMIGRATION AND THE UNEMPLOYED. A representative of P.T.O. recently; interviewed Colonel Lamb, of the Salvation Army, in Eondona and asked : “Is emigration increasing. Colonel ?” “Well, it is not declining. We have already sent away 10,000 this year.’’' ‘‘Do you suppose that in time emigration will remedy the unemployed problem ?” “X do not see why it should notj It is certain that there are more men in the country than jobs for them. It is a sad sight to see an able, sober, and willing man unable to obtain honest employment.’’ “Do you considex - excessive population an evil ?” “On the contrary. I consider it a healthy sign. It is only natural that in a large community there should be a process of spreading out. There is plenty of room across the water for genuine woi'kers who are able and willing to engage iin manual hour.” ‘■‘You would not advise clerks to emigrate ?” ‘‘Not with the idea of obtaining clex'ical work ; but yes, if they “were willing to undertake manual labour The clerical work will come later.” “|Do you not think that in the course of time too much emigration may have an injurious effect upon our trades and industries ?” “I do not consider that any such injurious effect will ensue. I have gone thoroughly into the matter* and I have arrived at the conclusion that) we could send 100,000 emigrants away every year for ten years with-i out their being any appreciable effect upon our working population.;” “Do not intemperance and improvi-t dence have a good deal to do with the condition of the unemployed ?”• “I do not wish to defend either J but I am bound to say that frequently intemperance is an effect of a prior miserable condition of the unemployed. They drift into it from' sheer desperation, and it is always easier for such men to obtain a glass of beer than a mouthful of food.; There is some good in the worst, and, given a fair opportunity, the lowliest will rise to a better life, and there are plenty to save.’’

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The Interviewer, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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The Interviewer Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907