Truck: or, Semi-serfdom in the Shetland ... isles, a verbatim repr. of the Report of the commissioners. corrected (Google eBook)

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1871
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Page 30 - consists in being able to accumulate such an amount of bad debts about him as will thirl the whole of the families in his neighbourhood, and then he succeeds.
Page v - Almost every fisherman in the Islands is in debt to some shopkeeper...
Page 12 - ... of its existence, or are so reconciled to its working that they would probably themselves be averse to any change, for although they may have no option but to work for one master at such remuneration in goods as he may see fit to give, yet they feel that in bad seasons he would not let them starve.
Page 12 - ... vessels, of the Faroe and Iceland fishing vessels, and of the large fleet of fishing boats. Some of the seamen and fishermen feel, and bitterly complain of the bondage of the system, but, as a rule, the character and habits of the natives have become so assimilated to it, that they are either...
Page 12 - But while the men employed are not free agents, however fair an employer might desire to be, he cannot treat them as if they were ; and if on the other hand the employer wishes to make all he can out of those he employs, and to take every advantage of their dependent position, he has unlimited opportunity of appropriating to himself all the result of their labour, leaving to them only so much as is absolutely necessary to prevent them from starving.
Page 1 - Shetland, nor can inquiry be adequately conducted into the truck which is alleged to prevail there, otherwise than upon the spot. No opinion accordingly is offered either as to the extent of, or the remedy for, the alleged evils, BUT THE NECESSITY OF SOME INVESTIGATION BY HER MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT INTC THE CONDITION OF THESE ISLANDS SEEMS MADE OUT.
Page 11 - deducting only such advances and allotments as shall have been ' stipulated for in the agreement, and the value of such stores as ' may have been supplied to him personally during the voyage by the master.
Page 38 - five years of the lease the proprietor will allow annually an " amount equal to one-half of such permanent improvements as " may have been executed in a satisfactory manner, (said amount " in no case to exceed one half of the amount of rent). During " the last five years of the lease...
Page 11 - For any man who carried his custom to any other shop than to that of the agent employing him. would run the risk of being a marked man...
Page 11 - The owners merely find the money to pay the wages of the men engaged. The agents manage everything else. The agents are, of course, interested in getting employment for those who are in their debt.

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