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NEW HARBOUR TRUST. I A contested election for the new Harbour Trust has been obviated by the retirement of one of the candi- dates-1fr. D. G. Hogg. That the ratepayers should be saved the ex- pense of a contest is all to the good, but we regret that it has meant the loss of so qualified a member as Mr. Hogg, who may be regarded as a specialist in all matters affecting the port. It is to be hoped that an op- portunity will present itself later on to co-opt so faithful a Trustee, so that his knowledge and experience may once again be available. Other old mem bers who will be missed are Mr. T. P. Jones, Mr. David Jones (of Messrs. Richard Thomas and Co.), and Mr David Davies, Cowell House. The new members include Mr. W. Coombs, who sat for some years on the Trust; Mr. D. W. Jones, Mr. Jen- nings, Mr. J. B. Williams, ex-Inspec- tor of Schools, Mr. Robert Richards, and Mr. John Owen. They represent a liberal infusion of "new blood" and will we hope, prove worthy of the confidence reposed in them. They take office at a time when the local docks are busy, and with every pros- pect of continuing to he busy. This happy state of things should encour- age the Trust as a whole to per- severe in the policy of steadily de- veloping the resources of the port and harbour. CALL TO TRADE UNIONS. Following upon the grave warning of Mr. Hoover in regard to the econ- omic position of Europe, comes an earnest call for more output, ad- dressed to the Trades Union Congress by Mr. Brownlie, chairman of the Council of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers. Mr. Brownlie calls at- tention, in terms which betray the gravest anxiety, to the imperative need for greater production, and to the duty which rests on the leaders of trades unionism, to save the nation from perishing of inanition Unless productivity can be rapidly increased he points out that there can be noth- ing but political, moral, and economic -cha-os, finally interpreting itself in loss of life on a scale hitherto un- dreamt of. "No economic policy," he adds, "will bring food to those stomachs or fuel to those hearths that does not secure the greatest pro- duction." We would earnestly com- mend the wise words of Mr Brownlie to workers of all grades everywhere. 'There is only one remedy for the world's ills v to-day, and that is Tionest work. It is work, and work alone that will fill the empty granaries, and bring down prices. The policy of "ca'canny" leads to moral and economic bankruptcy.' Wages may be artificially raised even higher than they are to-day but of what benefit will this be to the workers if the cost of living rises in an even greater proportion. Thanks to the assiduous teaching of certain extremists, far too many workmen have come to accept the comfortable theory that the less work they do the more work there will be for them and their fellows. Now the plain truth has been told by Mr. Brownlie. Will the rank and file of Labour hear him? THE WORLD'S SALVATION. Equally frank and outspoken is Mr Ben Tillett who in a message on Thursday, pointed out that Mr. Brownlie had only been repeating what he (Mr. Tillett) had been sav- ing all along. "We have always con- tended," (says Mr. Tillett) "that Labour is the source of all wealth. Holding that to be an essential truth, if Labour ceases to produce wealth in the shape of the necessnrips of life everything comes to a standstill. The proper distribution of tb;it wealth is another matter to whi-li v- are ad- dressing ourselves- arid r think with some success. But if fhpre is no wealth to distribute, no essentials of life provided for the ^eo'^le—those who are lowest in fly, scale must suffer r-,)ost. W,, rei-nem- ber that not more tliil, rwr cent of the producing classes have anything like reasonable wages. It is upon the other 75 per cent. that the result of any stoppage of production falls with crushing weight. If coals are zElO a ton, the man with money will man- age to get what he wants; if they are JS3 a ton the poor woman with a bare subsistence wage has to shiver through the winter, and perhaps die of pulmonary disease. I am as am- bitious as ever I was to win the earth for Labour-if that be possible; but I do not want to win an earth which is barren and worthless. Yet that is what it will be if production is cur- tailed or ceases altogether. The soon?r the workers realize this the sooner shall we be able to get on with the reconstruction of society that we are out for."


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