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HIS IMPEESSION OF THE UNITED STATES. In an interview shortly after his return from touring the United States, Mr John Burns sums up his impressions of Yankee-land as follows : — Asked if he considered that his tour of the States had been satisfactory, Mr Burns replied quietly in the affirmative. But he positively explained his apparent lack of enthusiasm by adding, " I propose, God willing, to revisit that great country in the autumn. I have already travelled 7,000 miles, spoken in fourteen different cities, and addressed 70,000 people. The attention I have received has been flattering as well as encouraging. I have nothing to regret, but much to remember with pleasure. The Americans are, I think, a fine people, and their country is certainly a great one. My points of attack have been misused wealth and sadly dissipated opportunities. The American capitalist is a glorified and enlarged edition of his English brother : perhaps not quite as well bound — there is certain evidence of calf in him. But he concentrates in his bearing towards labor all the bad characteristics of the moneymaker. But, indeed, I have found points of attack in more almost than I care now to run over. The municipal institutions are sadly and lamentably defective for realising the good intended by their authors through the corruption of those who work them. I have gone for Tammany whether Labor, Bepublican, or Democratic. You ask — What about the organisation of the labor party ? Upon this matter I have had I a great deal to say, and shall have more." Asked about his personal relations with the leaders of the labor movement in America, Mr Burns said these were satisfactory, and had never been ruffled. "It is true," he said, " that some of the American journalists allowed their genial fancies to get ahead of facts. I daresay I committed an offence in not allowing myself to be dined and wined. You ask for an explanation of the story put into Mr Holmes 1 mouth. Yes, it was put into his mouth, for I have Mr Holmes' authority that he never referred to me in other than courteous terms." Further questioned with regard to his alleged description of Chicago as a " pocket edition of hell," Mr Burns gave his version of the incident : " A gentleman asked me what I thought of Chicago's municipality. I replied, « lt is a pocket edition of hell.' He rejoined, ' Do you think that description quite fair ? ' I said at once, ' No, I don't think it is. On second thoughts I think hell is a pocket edition of Chicago ;' and an hour afterwards I said so at a meeting of 3000 citizens of Chicago." He regrets theline taken by the Socialists in America, but this, for him, would never have either intimidation or influence. He will renew the fight upon his return.

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MR JOHN BURNS., Tuapeka Times, Volume XXVII, Issue 4190, 27 March 1895

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MR JOHN BURNS. Tuapeka Times, Volume XXVII, Issue 4190, 27 March 1895

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