Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 3
The report of the Manawatu Railway Company shows that it pays in taxation to the Government four per cent, on its capital. Other industries are in a similar position. And some people wonder why foreign capital and enterprise overlook so favorable a field for investment!
The labor organizations in the United States have brought pressure upon Congress, and succeeded in expelling from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, all steam presses, and in substituting old-fashioned hand-presses, « to make more work » !!! The political and social economy of Erewhon seems to be within measurable distance.
The present year is the jubilee year of photography. On the 31st January, 1839, Daguerre announced his discovery. The French Government pensioned the inventor for life, took charge of the discovery, and on the 19th August, 1839, published to the world the whole process, free of charge.
Thoughtless folk sometimes defend the « boycot » on the ground that it is within the right of every man to deal or not to deal with a neighbor as he pleases. But they forget that for two men to agree to pursue any course of action to the detriment of a neighbor is a totally different matter, and is legally and morally a conspiracy, not only against the particular person, but against the welfare of the State. No exercise of individual judgment could possibly produce a « boycot » It is invariably the result of a cowardly conspiracy enforced by coercion of the worst kind. It is based upon the fact that an injury, though in itself trifling, may become ruinous or fatal if systematically repeated. To say to a healthy man « How awfully ill you look this morning!" is not likely to do more than to give him an unpleasant shock; but in a well-known instance where half-a-dozen « practical jokers » privately agreed to address an acquaintance in these words in the course of a single morning, they found they succeeded so well as to compass their victim's death in a few hours.
Mr Sala's remarkable narrative of Pigott's « confession » —published in the Telegraph of 27th February—though possibly containing all that was personally known to the writer, is manifestly incomplete. That a man like Mr Pigott, who sacrificed all that makes life worth living to the greed of gain, should have « come, quite unsolicited, to make a full confession » —and to Mr Labouchere, of all men: that he should have submitted to have the said confession taken down in writing, and have initialled the sheets in grotesque imitation of judicial procedure—all without the slightest apparent motive—would be too much even for the proverbial credulity of H.M. Marines. But one additional detail explains the whole. In Mr Pigott's strange story before the Commission, he stated that Mr Labouchere had offered him £1000 to make just such a confession as that of the 23rd February. And the document itself, bearing Labouchere's autograph as witness, refers to the alleged bribe, in the following significant passage:— « With reference to my interview with Messrs Parnell, Lewis, and Labouchere, my sworn statement is in the main correct. Now, however, I am of opinion that the offer made to me by Mr Labouchere of £1000 was not for my evidence, but for any documents in Mr Parnell's or Egan's handwriting which I might have. » In 1887 Pigott, having been denounced in Truth, wrote to Labouchere: « Your statement is a malicious and cowardly libel, for which I would bring you to your knees and make you howl for pardon, as the Dublin Jew money-lender recently did. » Yet Mr L. is found entering into secret negociations with the man who had thus insulted him, and acting to him in the capacity of father confessor. And « poor Pigott » did not get his thousand pounds after all!