Fair Trade, August 15, 1890

Fair Trade

August 15, 1890

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Fair-Trade (Newspaper) - August 15, 1890, London, Middlesex .Registered for] A Weekly Journal Devoted to Home Trade and Industry. {transmission abroad. Vol. V.-No. 253. London, Friday, August 15, 1890. Price. One Penny. op finest-quality. ' . Moderate Prices. Largest Stock in the Provinces. made w,th boiuinq water. CRAMERS PIANOFORTES AND HARMONIUMS, &C,: Fisher's EnglisS-made Lever Watches EPPS'S GRATEFUL-COMFORTING. COCOA made with boiling milk. Regent Street and Moor gate Street. Inventions 'Exhibition.--Medal. awarded for good quality and moderate prices. CRAMER'S HIRE SYSTEM. Grand and Cottage Tianos, new and second-hand, by Broad wood, Brinsmead, Bltithner, Collard* Cramer,. Erard, Uagspiel, Ibach, Kirkroan, -Pleyely. Stein way, and others, for cash or hire system. :'" Messrs; T.B. Cramer & Co., Moorgate Street, July, tS88. " Gentlemen-We hereby appoint you bur sole agents for the City of London, . �' '(Signed) � " S. & P. Erard & Co." jyb. CRAMER & Co., 40 to 46, Moorgate Street. J. D. FISHER, Watch Manufacturer, 228, HIGH STREET, LINCOLN; THE LESSON OF THE STRIKE. When a few years ago there was a. rage .for-pilgrimages, a cynical observer remarked they .were always arranged for the Summer and carry Autumn months.It would seem .as though � the same rule were intended to apply-to the greater strikes of modern times. 'Last year the "Dockers" claimed attention in the best months ; and this year we have the South Wales Railway Strike. Fine weather is excellent for the professional agitator to , work in, including as it does the minimum of hardship to those who go short � on the trades' union -allow- ance. A winter strike involves too many risks to be lightly encouraged. A hard frost, or in its place a cheerless, wet sky, means very different conditions to �'�fight uqder than when the weather is bright and warm. What may be entered.on with a light heart in August, could not be endured in February �; and so at the bidding of the trades' unionist leaders, we are again regaled with a repetition of the "labour struggle." The railway men of South Wales arc in effect .doing what was done through (rather than by) the " Dockers " last year. . They: appeal in fact to the same. audience ; and though the ground for fighting is dif- . , fcrcnt, the issues are the �same.;. Under the guise of shorter hours, larger wage . is practically demanded. Into the merits of the ; South Wales . dispute, we do hot propose to enter. They have-but little to. do in themselves, with, the question to'which our pen is devoted. But the strike itself has everything to do with the general state of labour which admits of such an outbreak. Throughout the length and breadth of the land there are everywhere1 signs that labour is no less simmering into revolt this year than it was last year. Though there has been better employment last: winter than for many years past ; though wages have advanced in most directions ; and though during the" revival" of prosperity things have looked better generally ; still there is the same discontent. People of a certain order of mind are fond of prating of the bad times of old, but at what period in the old days could organised strikes, such as those to which we are now accustomed, have been possible ? ' The introduction of machinery in bygone years caused terrible outbursts of passion from men who fancied their individual callings were being destroyed. The Low Moor disturbances i.n Yorkshire/and the Fcterloo riots were cases in point, but such risings were not the protest of under-paid and overworked men. There were crises in those days which the improved facilities for inter-communication have done'away with, that created temporary distress, keen enough while it lasted. But the chronic discontent that now* stares us in the, face, under our "blessed era of F rcc Trade," is a factor of a very different character. As a matter of fact, and for good or-for evil, labour is to-day '��'':� '�' armed to the teeth. Nor is' it. struggle any .longer a mere between Labour and Capital, which perchance the ordinary ' elements of supply and demand might determine, but one between Labour and Society. The former has revolted at large against the conditions under which the world has been governed for at any rate centuries. We are face to face not merely with discontent and disorder, -but with revolution. The., general turnover of existing order may be bloodless. It may be to many without visible sign or shape,'.but. it is none, the less revolution. The workers arc armed by. organisation, at the same time that they are terrorised by the same esprit etc corps which binds other sections . of the'community together. These are the facts of the position, and it is as idle.to ignore them as to specula to' whether they are for good or for evil. And not. the' least potent factor at work-is the undoubted sympathy which strikers now. enjoy, compared with that given in olden times when trades' unionism was in its infancy. In a. word, the grievance of the wage earners appears to be at once admitted by ARMED TO THE TEETH. South Wales Railway Men-August, 1890. � 1 � the crowd, even, though the same agitator who formulated the last strike arranges the new one. . To the man in the street, the employer, whether he be a private capitalist or a corporate body, is condemned without a hearing; and it is this feature which alters the whole character of the strikes pf the-period. It were well, however, for both strikers and their.leaders to be warned in time, or they wil'..assuredly forfeit such sympathy. The men in South Wales ha vc' gone to the very verge of discretion, if not beyond it. Whilst their aims at first were reasonable, the feeling is becoming widespread that they have now gone too far, and that should it. be necessary for the Government to intervene to run the trains in the district, the. men will not in the end gain what was possible a few days ago. � ;