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The Denbigh Boroughs.





AN INDUSTRIAL COMPARISON. SAN FRANCISCO 1554 Noe Street, June 20 1910. To the Editor of the Rhos Herald In your issue of June 4th just ocme to hand appears an article from your pen un- der the headline Local Emigration." I do not wish to criticise your suggestion as to the need of more industries for Rhos, but I believe that there are plenty of industries in Rhos, if only they were conducted for the interests of the many and not for the private profit of the few. Much as you deplore the outlook may it be on record that the Parish of Rhos is not the only victim of the present condi- tion of things. The situation is just as acute in this far off land. Present lack of employment is a result of twentieth century growth of the mach- ine which has outplaced human beings in the production of commodities. What we ought to do is to take hold of this machine and direct it to conserve human energy. We hear a good deal about un- employed acts and legislative amend- ments brought about as a consequence of the social unrest which permeates all quarters. My humble opinion is legisla- tive amendments may lessen the acute situation, but it will never abolish it. The present machinery of the poor law, while involving a steadily increasing de- mand upon the ratepayers is doing little to diminish the extent of destitution What we are in need of in the main are (I) Reform to render the industries of the world to serve the people. (2) To run the machine for the many and not for the few. '(3) To reduce the hours of labour according to the growing capacity of the factory. John Stuart Mill says" it is question- able if all the mechanical inventions yet made have enlightened the day's toil of any human being." This means that'the achievements of the human mind has been thwarted by human injustice. One of the gravest accusatians against our industrial system is that it does not produce in the common man the pride of good work. Why should men take in- terest in something they do not possess ? What motive has the average toiler to work for starvation wages, while his mas- ter piles up his millions. Our system has made the immense majority of industrial workers into mere hirelings. The econom- mic and moral loss to the community by this paralysis of hum tn action is beyond computation. Aged men are no longer a crown of honour, but an industrial handi- cap. Young men are making mock at- tempts at keeping house while their wives are at work in the factory. The power of capitalism and its corroding influence is so great that it is superfluous to speak of it. The present competitive system is bas- ed upon selfishness. The power by which all humanity could rise from want and the fear of want actually submerges the vasti majority into a perpetual state of poverty and degradation. When wealth is mul- tiplying beyond all precedent an immense number of paupers are growing, and the situation becomes chronic. Workingmen strike lor better condi- tions only to be driven back by their own clubs, hunger and want. It can be said of the average wage-earner that he is on- ly a few weeks from destitution even in most prosperous times. We are in the throes of a great war which will ultimate- ly bring about a more even distribution of the abundant wealth now stored in the packing houses waiting for the prices to increase. The justice and efficiency of this new regime depends solely on the in- telligence of the common people. The only solution of the existing state of af- fairs is the broad and intelligent educa- tion of the masses along the lines wherein lies the only hope of the proletariat. S. J. Jones.


Tribute to Mr Powell Edwards

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