Labour in Dunedin

The homecoming of the British generals. A general view of the scene in London during the drive to...
The homecoming of the British generals. A general view of the scene in London during the drive to Buckingham Palace of Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig and his generals. - Otago Witness, 26.2.1919
Mr W. P. Black, president of a National Labour Party which was recently established, the first branch being formed in Auckland, and Mr C. A. Allan (secretary) are in Dunedin for the purpose of establishing a local branch.

Mr Black was interviewed yesterday respecting the objects of the party. "Unfortunately,'' he said, "at present we have in our midst two extreme sections, both equally dangerous and detrimental to the development of our industrial prosperity. On one hand we have the extreme section of Labour whose leaders have no disposition to co-operate in the social duties of life. They can never engage in any honest employment or profession because they will never have the diligence to follow it. These are the men who are preparing the ground for social chaos; who by their falsehoods and misrepresentations have imbued a section of the working class with fantastical, impracticable, and hideous doctrines of the L.W.W. and Bolshevism. In order to accomplish a revolution they preach to the workers the gospel of hatred against organised society generally, and the employing class in particular. On the other hand, we have a small section of reactionary employers who regard the workers as mere dividend-creating machines. It is these extreme sections of revolution and reaction that constitute a great menace to our peaceful development as a nation and an Empire. Fortunately in New Zealand there is a large section of both workers and employers who view things from a humane standpoint and are prepared to do the right thing, so that we may be able to bring about a state of prosperity which will benefit to the utmost every unit in the dominion. To these radical sections on both sides we appeal to combine and co-ordinate their forces, not only to combat the sinister doctrines of Bolshevism, but to evolve a political and economic platform which will reconstruct our system of social life upon a basis of justice and righteousness. To attain this to the full we will need the co-operation, energy, and goodwill of both Capital and Labour.''

Stars and Stripes Dutch origin

The American flag is of Dutch origin. The stars and stripes were borrowed from the flag of the Dutch Republic. This flag had seven stripes and stars, standing for seven Dutch States united in one congress of States. The United States made its flag 13 stripes and stars indicative of the thirteen original States. It was intended to add a stripe and a star for each new State; but a century ago Congress ordered that the 15 stripes to which the flag had grown be reduced to 13, and that only a star for each new State should be added.

Nurses for Australia

Twenty-five New Zealand nurses left Wellington for Australia yesterday under the direction of the Public Health Department to assist in fighting the influenza epidemic. This was done in response to a request by the Australian authorities. The Premier of New South Wales has cabled to the New Zealand Government asking for any advice and information that this country can give in connection with the epidemic. The Minister of Public Health (the Hon. G. W. Russell) stated that a cablegram had been sent in reply, embodying the experience of New Zealand in dealing with the outbreak. - ODT, 19.2.1919.

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