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   Fair-Trade (Newspaper) - July 11, 1890, London, Middlesex                                Registered POR] A Weekly'JournalDevotedto Home Trade andIndustry. [Transmission Abroad. Vol. V.-No. 248. London, Friday, July 11, 1890. Price One Penny. made with boiling water. EPPS'S GRATEFUL-COMFORTING. C OC OA made with boiling milk. CRAMER'S PIANOFORTES AND HARMONIUMS, &C, Fisher's English-made Lever Watches Regent Street and Moorgate Street Inventions Exhibition.-Medal awarded for good quality and moderate prices. cramer's hire system. Grand and Cottage Pianos, new and second-hand, by Broadwood, Brinsmead, Bliithner, Collard, Cramer, Erard, Hagspiel, Ibach, Kirkman, Pleyel, Steinway, and others,: for cash or hire, system. " Gentlemen-We hereby appoint yon our so OF FINEST QUALITY. Moderate Prices.   Largrest Stock In the Provinces. "Messrs. J. B. Cramer & Co., Moorgate Street, July, iB ole agents for the City of London, (Signed)     : " S. & P. Erard & Co." J. B. CRAMER 8c Co., 40 to 46, Moorgate Street. J. D, FISHER, Waten Manufacturer, 228, HIGH STREET, LINCOLN. THE DIFFICULTY BEHIND. It must be something very exceptional on the part of either policeman or postman to induce the general public to withdraw the kindly feeling each enjoys. The average Londoner especially is daily so indebted to both for small, but indispensable, services, 'that he regards them as personal friends. Whilst holiday festivities are a bore, if the Christmas Box be given more cheerfully 'to   some than  '.  to others, the postmen and policemen have precedence. Therefore it would be^ hard. indeed to forfeit this goodwill ; nor, as a class, do ... we believe that either will. The disturbances of the 'week arise probably from friction of an avoidable character ; and not from any real disaffection. The ill-advised conduct of some o'fficials in directing the National Anthem to be sung at a given hour, was in itself sufficient to arouse opposition. A free-born Briton does not choose to have his loyalty turned, on. . at the command of' his official superiors; and if the authorities at the Post Office had desired the men not to'sing "God Save the V Queen " during office hours, the}'could not have chosen 'better means of securing their end. The idea, was a blunder in the first instance, aggravated  afterwards by the foolish attempt of permanent officials to force a public recantation from the general  body of the clerks.' Therefore, the. postmen have every reason to enjoy the sympathies of the public, if their action be wise and spontaneous, and is not dictated by professional agitators from outside. This indeed is the block over which those inclined to rebellion, both in the Post Office, service and the Police Force, are likely to stumble. Both, and especially the former, have grounds for seeking relief. Comparative small pay and admittedly long hours, are standing grievances; and few would argue that, as far as the postmen are concerned, they have not some reason to complain that so large a profit should be made for the department whilst their pay is so slight and their work so continuous. The police even have a strong claim, when a man with a family can only earn 23s. a week (if he lives on his wage only) from so responsible an avocation. The fact that either is unskilled labour, and that clothing is also provided, scarcely seems sufficient reply, when the services ALL VERY WELL !    BUT- [there    are    plenty    ready    to ' take    their.   1'i.aces. rendered, and often danger incurred, are taken into account. But it is quite possible to forfeit-such claims, and to destroy sentiment,' if the means taken to bring about/a- remedy are too drastic and forcible. And but for the firmness of Sir Edward Bradford in checking the first signs of mutiny, this might have proved the case among the police ; whilst, if the postmen are unwise enough to irritate the public by acting too hastily, they also will forfeit the hold they have on the affections of the average householder. It is this fear "and belief that the men are but the tools of outside agitation, which lies at the root of much of -:---- �''..   the official opposition to their wishes. Mr. Goschen struck the key-note of the bureaucratic mind the other evening when he reverted to this in his address to his constituents. Leaders and those in office no more like dictation than men care to be told to sing the Nat-'onal Anthem when Royalty presses the button. Human' nature is every whit as strong in high places - as 'in low places, with tlie advantage, of being able to make itself felt even more strongly. For the men do � not play with loaded' dice. The dependence of the metropolis on the police for � security, and on the postmen. for , daily correspondence is undoubtedly great, but it is not too. difficult to be independent. The labour in each.department,: its we have said, is unskilled ; of which there is a plethora going a-begging. The Postmaster - General and the Chief Commissioner of Police have but to hold up their little, fingers .and . the place, of every postman or police-, man in London could be filled within a month--not at first with men as well able to do the work, but certainly with men intelligent enough to quickly learn the duties. It is this element that makes any attempted strike so innately weak. The following miserable but true picture of some of the present conditions of British native industry is given on p. 3S9 of this month's Temple Bar:- '�'Sadder-.still than loss of work from illness or old age is its loss to the still able: bodied man from economic changes which may have brought gain to the community, but which, of a certainty, have pressed hard on the individual.   In the country there were once so many little industries which could be pursued at home, employing thus - the hands of those who were unfit for field labourr. . Now there are none."'   

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