Hard Times and what to Learn from Them: A Plain Talk with the Working People

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Edward Stern & Company, 1877 - Labor - 41 pages
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Page 15 - Wages are the reward and encouragement of industry, which, like every other human quality, increases in proportion to the encouragement it receives. Where wages are high, we generally find the workmen more active, diligent, and persevering than where they are low — in England, Holland, and America, than in Ireland, Poland, and Hindostan.
Page 8 - That a lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies, That a lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright, But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight. IX And Willy had not been down to the farm for a week and a day; And all things look'd half-dead, tho
Page 41 - I pray you with all earnestness to prove, and know within your hearts, that all things lovely and righteous are possible for those who believe in their possibility, and who determine that, for their part, they will make every day's work coutribute to them. Let every dawn of morning be to yoa as the beginning of life...
Page 41 - ... then let every one of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others — some goodly strength or knowledge gained for yourselves ; so, from day to day, and strength to strength, you shall build up indeed, by Art, by Thought, and by Just Will, an Ecclesia of England, of which it shall not be said, ' See what manner of stones are here,' but,
Page 27 - ... twenty-four hours, it is bad, and it is good in direct ratio to the length of time it retains its sparkle and aroma. That which roughens the teeth should never be again tasted ; it is made of cider and rhubarb stalks ; the roughness is from the malic acid it contains. " All these five classes of wine prudence will reserve for festive purposes and occasions ; the wise man who wishes to enjoy life will make them always exceptional, for as idlers have no holidays, so perpetual feasters miss all...
Page 13 - What is true is, that wages might be so high as to leave no profit to the capitalist, or not enough to compensate him for the anxieties and risks of trade ; and in that case labourers would be killing the goose to get at the eggs.
Page 8 - Hard Times, it is certain that nobody has shown or can show that the employers of labor are the persons to blame for them. If it were known that the mischief was made by anything they had done or left undone, they would not need much persuasion to remedy it. For nobody has more urgent need to see the times grow better than they have.
Page 25 - ... education acts gave a fresh stimulus to journalistic enterprise. Monthly, weekly, and daily journals were published at a price and of a quality suited to the vast masses who had now acquired a taste for reading of some kind ; the CHAP, magazine and the newspaper were to be found everywhere, in XX- the homes of the working people as well as in those of the middle classes. The mechanics...
Page 18 - Paddy's way of lengthening his blanket, by cutting a piece from the top and sewing it on to the bottom.
Page 15 - ... the latter they belong to the family group of the mother. An exchange wife is regarded as absolute property, whereas a wife obtained by a bride-price is regarded as merely lent by hei family group. This exemplifies the misleading character of the term " purchase " where a bride-price is payable. But on the other hand it is a mistake to suppose that in Negro society the wife is never regarded as " bought ", for among the Mambila the social status of an exchange wife does not differ from that of...

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