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Smoko-Ho August 10, 1895.



A NEW evening paper is promised in Melbourne.

THE proprietors of the Melbourne Herald have given £200 to be distributed amongst the forty-four comps, thrown out of work by the introduction of the linotype in their office.

ONE of the most earnest friends of the Labour movement is Mr. J. Briggs, of Beenleigh, whose disinterested efforts in the cause of reform are highly spoken of by all who visit the Logan district.

A MELBOURNE solicitor who misappropriated moneys belonging to his clients has been sentenced to – (five years' imprisonment!) - not much, he has been suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months.

OWING to the remarks of the Chairman of the Q.N. Bank at the last half-yearly meeting of the shareholders of that noble institution it would be just as well to ask Premier Nelson all about that secret meeting of the bank managers in Sydney.

THE Salvation army in Melbourne had sheltered 888 persons during the year; 210,012 meals and 70,004 beds had been supplied during the year. Of the 888 persons sheltered 321 had been found work and 96 had been restored to their friends. Ex.

THERE is an Edinburgh professor collecting venom as an antidote against snake bites. If he would only come to Queensland and tap Andrew Henry Barlow, the Minister for Lands, his fortune would be assured. A. H. is full to overflowing with that kind of stuff.

LAST Christmas several of our readers and friends who were somewhat dilatory in ordering the Christmas number of the WORKER, were disappointed at being unable to procure a copy owing to the extraordinary rush on the issue. The Business Manager, having lately received a small number of returns is now prepared to let them go at the published price – 6d. each; posted 7d.

A LONDON mercantile firm recently called for 1000 samples of a particular kind of fabric to be made of pure wool. The samples received were analysed and it was found that only 33 of them were made of pure wool, 967 were mixed with shoddy to the extent of from 30 to 66 per cent. Thus are the morals of trade described by R. Synnet, of the National Wool Company, Melbourne.

THE Premier of Victoria asked the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce to assist him in compelling every vender of articles sold in the colony to have them marked as pure, or, if mixed, to have the names of the various ingredients they contain distinctly marked thereon. On the ground that to the pure all things are pure the Chamber sent Turner a half-hearted reply. Has the Chamber “been there” itself?

AT a woman's franchise meeting recently held in Melbourne one of the fair speakers jumped on that monster “Man” after this fashion: “The profundity of the wisdom attributed to every member of the male sex by themselves might be gauged from the fact of one of the number, who, being asked his opinion on the subject of the enfranchisement of women, replied that he 'Didn't believe in anything French.'”

THE English shipping “ring” which controls Australian trade have boycotted the Victorian Government contract for the carriage of perishable produce to England with such effect that not one solitary tender was received. Shipping is a monopoly which, so far as Australia is concerned, will become more dangerous to her people day by day until they are taught that monopolies should be owned and controlled by all for the good of all.

SOME admirer of the N.S.W. Premier having during the recent elections annexed without leave his watch and chain, it was thought fit to present him with another one. In acknowledging the compliment Georgy Porgy vowed that if ever he kept late hours again, or attended political demonstrations, he would be very careful to wear as a timekeeper a 12s. 6d. watch. Politics in N.S.W., from this point of view, must be something awful.

MESSRS. Gordon and Gotch, of Queen street, forward the first five series of “Beautiful Britain,” a portfolio of photographs of the scenery and splendours of the United Kingdom. The production is a triumph of the typographic art, and each series is a capital sixpennyworth. Each worker who is, as Carlyle says, “master of the world to the extent of 6d.,” can, in “Beautiful Britain,” get a glimpse of memorable sights, which might otherwise only be obtained on a trip round the world.

GENIAL Sam Glassey, who was appointed land agent at Roma by old Barlow, is becoming reconciled to the change. Those who happen to be in the know as to the reason Barlow shifted Sam from town are not likely to respect the Minister for Lands for his action. Barlow calls the change “promotion,” but if it was desired to do Mr. Glassey, junior, a good turn he should have been promoted in the metropolitan department. Mr. Glassey, senior, thinks the world of Sam, and will miss his company and services as amanunensis. Barlow knows this.

SPARKS, manager of the S.A. Land Co., who feels aggrieved at Mr. Kingston, Premier of S.A., principally because of the land tax, attemped to horsewip him on Monday last. He is just now probably as sorry as any other man could be that he undertook the job. Kingston took the whip from him and used it with some effect upon his would he assailant. The Premier afterwards remarked: “I will take no legal action. My hands have generally been able to take care of my head; and if large landholders think that when arguments fail to induce the public to reject our progressive policy it is a good thing to try a little brute force, well, we will do our best to entertain them.”

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