PROSPECTS OF LABOR IN HOKITIKA.
In spite of tho Jeremiad continually dinned in our ears by those who aro inclinpd to take un unfavorable view of the courso of events in this portion of the Province — who are ever anticipating evil, and ready to assert on the faith of their experience, whatever it may be, whether little or much, thnt this place is done, and that no good, ftiul whoprophecy an early exodus of that portion of our community which constitute its i thews and sinews— we, on the contrary, are inclined to tako a more hopeful view of our position, and in turn prognosticate that wo are only oa the threshold of ft career of prosperity, ernial
to that which any other portion of this Island has already enjoyed. Whether we shall make better use of our advantages is a question that time alone can determine ; but we have faith in ourselves and the land of our adoption ior the time being. In support of this belief we have the opinion of men well qualified to judge in the matter, men of scientific attainments, and also that of men eminently practical and of long experience ; and moreover* we have plain facts staring us in the face bearing directly upon the subject, that afe incontrovertible. We have always been taught to believe, that the prosperity of a gold country may 1 be safely tested by the state of the labor market, and in dull times it is well understood that it is always glutted, chiefly by the unlucky digger, anxious to make a raise, or provide for his immediate necessities. Advertisements for labor are then promptly replied to, wages rapidly fall to a minimum, and contractors for public works and employers generally, reap the advantage of such a state of things. We are thankful that so far we have been spared such, a depression. Our population here has had full employment ; much new country is opening up ; every mouth, and rumour with her thousand tongues, though nine hundred of the number may lie, all speak in favor of the sunny side of the question ; and. although they only shadow forth, yet if coming events cast their shadows before, we are well justified in looking hopefully upon the future, and anticipating for a time more than the" average amount of good that falls to the lot of communities in general. In support of this opinion we would direct the attention of our readers to 1 the advertisements which have lately appeared in our columns, and which in printer's phraseology we begin to imagine are standing ones, as there seems so little inclination on the part of the labouring class to answer them. From their tenor it is to be inferred that some three or four" hundred men are wanted for road work, fair wages are offered, and other inducements in the shape of sub-contracts, and yet the want remains. Messrs Armitage and Anthony require 200 men, and Mr Blake, Chief Engineer of Public Works, 100, and other advertisements from time to time appear showing that labour is at a premium. Now what may we deduce from this anomaly— we say anomaly if tho slightest attontion is to be paid to those ravens who are continually croaking and striving to make others as uncomfortable as themselves ? Certainly the only conclusion we can arrive at is, that, approximately speaking, all our labour is finding profitable employment on the numerous goldfields of our territory, and that just now men are disinclined to risk losing their " chance" for the sake of certain but small returns. We can conscientiously publish our prosperity to the world, and moreover might add to it if that were necessary, by expressing our belief in the bright future that is before us, and in doing so we have no fear of misleading others by overrating the producing powers of the Province, and thus drawing to its shores a population it would be unable to support. Late news from both North and South confirms us in our opinion
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West Coast Times, West Coast Times, Issue 34, 22 August 1865
PROSPECTS OF LABOR IN HOKITIKA. West Coast Times, Issue 34, 22 August 1865
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