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THE MORAL of SOUTH AFRICA

30 A WEEK MINIMUM.

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D. A. CAUSTIC CRITICISM OF TH • CAMBRIAN CHÂIRAit.:t' I "Diognes," in the "Daily Citizen," I addressed the following undelivered letter to Mr. D. A. Thomas, the chair- man of the Cambrian Combine:— Sir,—I have been reading the report of your characteristic remarks at the annual banquet of the Monmouthshire Colliery Officials' Association. They have interested me, not because they were in themselves valuable, but be- cause they afforded an insight into that consuming egotism that makes you-well. that makes you D. A. Thomas. I am quite sure that you do not exaggerate when you say that if you were a miner you would be a big agitator. But permit me to believe that you would generally be an agita- tor in a minority of one. Your antagon- ism to your comrades for the society in which you would not be an irrecon- cilable has yet to be imagined. Your humour resembles that of Sir Anthony Absolute, who was always easy to get on with as long as he had his own way in everything. At such times, and when coal is up, you would not be unamiable if you could control your habit of say- ing nasty things; for you have a very effective rasp to your tongue. But anyose who had studied that physiog- nomy of yours, with the stone-wall brows and the jutting jaw, would trust himself rather to a she-bear robbed of her whelps than to your goodwill. Per- haps that is why you miss something that you would wish to find in the policy of the miners' leaders. You say you would like to see them "mix their policy with a little more intelligence." Are you quite sure that it is intelli- gence that is lacking? Isn't it just possible that it is confidence? Mr. Chamberlain once reminded us, as you may remember, ."Who sups with the devil must have a long spoon"; and no doubt the guests who bethought themselves of that injunction were re- garded as very stupid persons by their host. In considering miners' policy you have one incurable disability—you are a inineowner: and it! is more difficult for the mineowner to enter into the point of view of his miners than Sor a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. You and your kind ought to spend a year at the coal-face.

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