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"8olva, Thursday, FEB. 22,…

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There can be no doubt that British farmers have been severely handicapped by the heavy charges of railway companies, and many of them have been heard to say that directly it became necessary for them to resort to the railway, their profit was gone. An attempt is being made in some of the Home Counties to overcome this difficulty by a co-operative system of carriage, by motor waggons, and the Countess of Warwick presided at a meet- ing held at Dunmow with the object of extending this scheme to Essex. The Great Eastern is one of the most enlight- ened of railway companies in reference to the carriage of farm produce, but its rates apparently are not satisfactory to the farmers, and the Countess of Warwick stated that the railway monopoly had long placed agriculture in that part of Essex at a disadvantage. The scheme laid before the meeting was very much on the lines of others which have been propounded, which have been admirable in theory, but have somehow or other failed in practice. The multiplication of motor vans has, however, introduced a facility which is comparatively new, so there is more hope than formerly for the success of any scheme for co-operation among farmers, especially where they are within a moder- ate distance of a great town. The Prime Minister no doubt spoke truly when he said that the question of old age pensions was mainly one of money, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, en- dorsing that view, was unable to offer any hope of an early compliance with the wishes of the deputation. There can be no doubt that on account of the enormous expenditure, which would be required, any satisfactory system of old age pensions would be a matter of great difficulty, but it does not follow that the difficulties are insuperable. Whatever is done, it will probably be found impossible to provide old age pensions without some very consider- able reduction in the cost of our Poor Law system. The present condition of that system is very far from satisfactory, and ever body would welcome a workable pro- posa such as does not appear to be beyond the wit of man, for diminishing the amount spent on workhouses, and giving the surplus to deserving people in old age pensions. The King's expressions of solicitude for t, the unemployed indicate that his Majesty realises the fact that there is an enormous amount of distress, owing to want of em- » o [ ployment, particularly in the metropolis. "The Labour Gazette," issued last week, gave details of the men registered in the different London boroughs, and the figures are in themselves sufficiently distressing. They do not, however, represent the whole facts, because there are very many most deserving men who have not commu- nicated with the Boro' Councils. These latter bodies have done the best they could to afford relief, but the number of men for whom they have been able to pro- vide employment is comparatively bmall, and it is becoming increasingly evident that these recurring periods of distress can- not be dealt with effectually by such sporadic efforts as have so far been attempted.




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