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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 55

Our Work

Our Work

in the immediate future. This, doubtless, page break presents some difficulties. If it did not, the necessity for our existence would soon be at an end. The vigor of our action largely depends on the means at our disposal, and we earnestly appeal to all who believe in our principles—whether they approve our detailed scheme or not—to assist us with funds. At present we are a little in debt, but the annual subscriptions now due will enable us to discharge that. But more than that is required, and each member of this Society can and should lend a helping hand. If each one will resolutely strive during the present month to bring in one other, the sphere of our usefulness can at once be largely extended. We must rely in some measure on individual effort. The Executive has a right to expect, and does expect, active support from the members. I trust they will not be disappointed. Much could be done to enlighten the public mind and quicken the public conscience to a sense of the injustice of, and the evil results flowing from, private property in land by a course of lectures delivered in every important centre in the colony. The Executive are seriously considering if it is possible to get this done. Our worthy Vice President, Mr. Glynn, has so far responded to every appeal, and often at great inconvenience travailed long distances to lecture when and where we have been invited, and I have no doubt he will, so far as his other duties permit, continue to do so. But to push the movement forward we ought not to wait for invitations. The Executive feel some disappointment that outside Kapunda so few working men—in which term I include all workers for wages—have joined a Society, the achievement of whose aims will so materially and lastingly benefit them. Perhaps it is that as yet they scarcely perceive the advantages that must inevitably accrue to them from making the land common property, and yet many of their recognised leaders, notably my friend, Mr. Clements, the late President of the Trades and Labor Council, have publicly approved our principles and have privately done their utmost to spread them, I believe with a large amount of success. But sympathy with the aims of the Society is not enough. It is necessary, to ensure success, that all sympathisers should join the Society so that the real strength of the movement may be made apparent. All our friends should take an active part in the work that bus to be done, and give us their assistance by forming branches all over the colony, and particularly in the city, so that our organization may have the means at hand for bringing pressure to bear upon Parliament by petition, &c. The power is with the people, and it rests with them whether, by vigorous, united action, they will hasten on the coming reform, or by apathy and indifference delay it. "They have rights who dare maintain them!"