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There are a great number of apparent failures on our own side which I believe have tended to

prolong the struggle and which will doubtless form the subject of an enquiry at a later date with the

inevitable result viz. a serious effort on the part of those concerned to shift the responsibility on

other shoulders and to whitewash those who, if justice was done, only deserve punishment.


When one considers that a vast number of permanent officials have for years been drawing big

salaries for purely nominal services it does not seem unreasonable to have expected that they would

have formulated plans & projects for mobilizing the resources of this country and our allies in the

shortest time possible to enable us to carry on this war (which for years has been expected) with the

least possible disturbance.


 To the trade of the country and with due regard to the production of the maximum of munitions and

articles if essential necessity to the continuation of our extensive export trade the maintenance of

which is imperitave (sic), in this I do not think they have succeeded.


Turning to the politicians although at the beginning of the war a party truce was arranged this had

not endured for any length of time. The one front only upon which they seem united is that material

one viz. to stick to what salaries they have voted themselves in the past, independat (sic) of the

value of the services rendered. (NB Parliament is at present on short time) and to create has (sic)

many new officers with well paid salaries has (sic) the occasion will allow, to preach thrift and

economy in the working classes and restrict the facilities of him obtaining what he might consider an

essential nessessity, (sic) whilst the only place where an unlimited and unrestricted supply of

alcoholic refreshments can be obtained is the refreshment Bars of the Houses of Parliament. Can

one wonder that a great part of the population do not accept the findings of this august body with

unqualified admiration?


Taking the Business world and commercial and middle classes generally. Their attitude in a great

number of cases seems to be to make has much money out of the present situation and to make it

has (sic) quickly as possible and there is not the slightest doubt that many futures have been

greatly augmented since the commencement of the war.


Consider the working classes for a moment these that are left are undoubtedly having the time of

their lives what with plenty of work and shortage of labour any men even if a very indifferent

workman is sure of regular employment. The engineers have had an advance of 4/- a week some

time and an application has been made for another 6/- per week which I do not think will be

secured. I am paying 26 and 28/- for labourers and cannot get them at that. I suppose you will have

heard that in a great number of instances men have made exceptional wages owing to overtime

with its extra pay of time and quarter to double time with a bonus on top of that for regular time

keeping. In point of fact, I really believe that until the initiator of Lord Derby's recruiting scheme.


A very great number of the working classes either (sic) knew or (sic) cared whether we where (sic) at

War or not. The apathy shown in regard to the present and immediate past [pisilm]??? of affairs

was a disgrace.


But already one notes a very great change taking place. Lord Derby's Scheme which closes on

bec. 11th has made a great number think of what their duty is and I think that every reasonable man

will agree that every man's duty at a time like this is to serve his country either in the field... as a

soldier or in the workshop or factory and it does not seem clean when one part of the nation is

giving its services in the trenches at 1/1 a day, another section should be loafing, drinking or striking 

for more pay. Neither is it right that the needs of the country should be exported for the sake of

excessive profits by an employer or merchant.


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There are a great number of apparent failures on our own side which I believe have tended to

prolong the struggle and which will doubtless form the subject of an enquiry at a later date with the

inevitable result viz. a serious effort on the part of those concerned to shift the responsibility on

other shoulders and to whitewash those who, if justice was done, only deserve punishment.


When one considers that a vast number of permanent officials have for years been drawing big

salaries for purely nominal services it does not seem unreasonable to have expected that they would

have formulated plans & projects for mobilizing the resources of this country and our allies in the

shortest time possible to enable us to carry on this war (which for years has been expected) with the

least possible disturbance.


 To the trade of the country and with due regard to the production of the maximum of munitions and

articles if essential necessity to the continuation of our extensive export trade the maintenance of

which is imperitave (sic), in this I do not think they have succeeded.


Turning to the politicians although at the beginning of the war a party truce was arranged this had

not endured for any length of time. The one front only upon which they seem united is that material

one viz. to stick to what salaries they have voted themselves in the past, independat (sic) of the

value of the services rendered. (NB Parliament is at present on short time) and to create has (sic)

many new officers with well paid salaries has (sic) the occasion will allow, to preach thrift and

economy in the working classes and restrict the facilities of him obtaining what he might consider an

essential nessessity, (sic) whilst the only place where an unlimited and unrestricted supply of

alcoholic refreshments can be obtained is the refreshment Bars of the Houses of Parliament. Can

one wonder that a great part of the population do not accept the findings of this august body with

unqualified admiration?


Taking the Business world and commercial and middle classes generally. Their attitude in a great

number of cases seems to be to make has much money out of the present situation and to make it

has (sic) quickly as possible and there is not the slightest doubt that many futures have been

greatly augmented since the commencement of the war.


Consider the working classes for a moment these that are left are undoubtedly having the time of

their lives what with plenty of work and shortage of labour any men even if a very indifferent

workman is sure of regular employment. The engineers have had an advance of 4/- a week some

time and an application has been made for another 6/- per week which I do not think will be

secured. I am paying 26 and 28/- for labourers and cannot get them at that. I suppose you will have

heard that in a great number of instances men have made exceptional wages owing to overtime

with its extra pay of time and quarter to double time with a bonus on top of that for regular time

keeping. In point of fact, I really believe that until the initiator of Lord Derby's recruiting scheme.


A very great number of the working classes either (sic) knew or (sic) cared whether we where (sic) at

War or not. The apathy shown in regard to the present and immediate past [pisilm]??? of affairs

was a disgrace.


But already one notes a very great change taking place. Lord Derby's Scheme which closes on

bec. 11th has made a great number think of what their duty is and I think that every reasonable man

will agree that every man's duty at a time like this is to serve his country either in the field... as a

soldier or in the workshop or factory and it does not seem clean when one part of the nation is

giving its services in the trenches at 1/1 a day, another section should be loafing, drinking or striking 

for more pay. Neither is it right that the needs of the country should be exported for the sake of

excessive profits by an employer or merchant.



Transcription history
  • November 14, 2017 17:10:06 Thomas A. Lingner

    There are a great number of apparent failures on our own side which I believe have tended to

    prolong the struggle and which will doubtless form the subject of an enquiry at a later date with the

    inevitable result viz. a serious effort on the part of those concerned to shift the responsibility on

    other shoulders and to whitewash those who, if justice was done, only deserve punishment.


    When one considers that a vast number of permanent officials have for years been drawing big

    salaries for purely nominal services it does not seem unreasonable to have expected that they would

    have formulated plans & projects for mobilizing the resources of this country and our allies in the

    shortest time possible to enable us to carry on this war (which for years has been expected) with the

    least possible disturbance.


     To the trade of the country and with due regard to the production of the maximum of munitions and

    articles if essential necessity to the continuation of our extensive export trade the maintenance of

    which is imperitave (sic), in this I do not think they have succeeded.


    Turning to the politicians although at the beginning of the war a party truce was arranged this had

    not endured for any length of time. The one front only upon which they seem united is that material

    one viz. to stick to what salaries they have voted themselves in the past, independat (sic) of the

    value of the services rendered. (NB Parliament is at present on short time) and to create has (sic)

    many new officers with well paid salaries has (sic) the occasion will allow, to preach thrift and

    economy in the working classes and restrict the facilities of him obtaining what he might consider an

    essential nessessity, (sic) whilst the only place where an unlimited and unrestricted supply of

    alcoholic refreshments can be obtained is the refreshment Bars of the Houses of Parliament. Can

    one wonder that a great part of the population do not accept the findings of this august body with

    unqualified admiration?


    Taking the Business world and commercial and middle classes generally. Their attitude in a great

    number of cases seems to be to make has much money out of the present situation and to make it

    has (sic) quickly as possible and there is not the slightest doubt that many futures have been

    greatly augmented since the commencement of the war.


    Consider the working classes for a moment these that are left are undoubtedly having the time of

    their lives what with plenty of work and shortage of labour any men even if a very indifferent

    workman is sure of regular employment. The engineers have had an advance of 4/- a week some

    time and an application has been made for another 6/- per week which I do not think will be

    secured. I am paying 26 and 28/- for labourers and cannot get them at that. I suppose you will have

    heard that in a great number of instances men have made exceptional wages owing to overtime

    with its extra pay of time and quarter to double time with a bonus on top of that for regular time

    keeping. In point of fact, I really believe that until the initiator of Lord Derby's recruiting scheme.


    A very great number of the working classes either (sic) knew or (sic) cared whether we where (sic) at

    War or not. The apathy shown in regard to the present and immediate past [pisilm]??? of affairs

    was a disgrace.


    But already one notes a very great change taking place. Lord Derby's Scheme which closes on

    bec. 11th has made a great number think of what their duty is and I think that every reasonable man

    will agree that every man's duty at a time like this is to serve his country either in the field... as a

    soldier or in the workshop or factory and it does not seem clean when one part of the nation is

    giving its services in the trenches at 1/1 a day, another section should be loafing, drinking or striking 

    for more pay. Neither is it right that the needs of the country should be exported for the sake of

    excessive profits by an employer or merchant.



  • November 14, 2017 16:57:48 Thomas A. Lingner

    There are a great number of apparent failures on our own side which I believe have tended to

    prolong the struggle & which will doubtless form the subject of an enquiry at a later date with the

    inevitable result being a serious effort on the part of those concerned to shift the responsibility on

    these other shoulders & to whitewash those who if justice was done only deserve punishment.


    When one considers that a vast number of permanent officials have for years been drawing big

    salaries for purely nominal services it does not seem unreasonable to have expected that they would

    have formulated Plans & projects for mobilizing the resources of this country & our allies in the

    shortest time possible to enable us to carry on this war (which for years has been expected) with the

    least possible disturbance.


     To the trade of the country & with due regard to the production of the maximum of munitions and

    articles of essential necessity to the continuation of our extensive export trade the maintenance of

    which is imperative. In this I do not think they have succeeded.


    Turning to the politician although at the beginning of the war a party truce was arranged this had

    not endured for any length of time the one front only upon which they seem united is that material

    one  being to stick to what salaries the have voted themselves in the past. independent of the

    value of the services rendered (N B Parliament is at present on short time) & to create has

    many new officers with well paid salaries has  the occasion will allow, to preach thrift and

    economy in the working classes and restrict the facilities of him obtaining what he might consider an

    essential necessity, whilst the only place where an unlimited and unrestricted supply of

    alcoholic refreshments can be obtained is the Refreshment Bars of the Houses of Parliament. Can

    one wonder that a great part of the population  do not accept the findings of this august body with

    unqualified admiration?


    Taking the Business world & commercial & middle classes generally. Their attitude in a great

    number of cases seems to be to make has much money out of the present situation & to make it

    as quickly as possible and there is not the slightest doubt that many futures have been

    greatly augmented since the Commencement of the war.


    Consider the working classes for the moment these that are left are undoubtedly having the time of

    their lives what with plenty of work and shortage of labour any men even if a very indifferent

    workman is sure of regular employment. The engineers have had an advance of 4/- a week some

    time and an application has been made for another 6/ per week which I do not think will be

    secured. I am paying 26 & 28/- for labourers & cannot get them at that. I suppose you will have

    read that in a great no  number  of instances men have made exceptional wages owing to overtime

    with its extra pay my time & quarter to double time with a bonus on top of that for Regular time

    keeping in point of fact. I really believe that until the initiation of Lord Derbys recruiting scheme.


    A very great number of the working classes either knew or cared whether we where at

    war or not. The apathy shown in regard to the present & immediate past position of affairs was a disgrace.


    But already one notes a very great change taking place Lord Derby Scheme which closes on

    Dec  11th has made a great number think of what their duty is & I think that every reasonable man

    will agree that every man's duty at a time like this is to serve his country either in the field.. as a

    soldier or in the workshop or factory and it does not seem clean when one part of the nation is

    giving its services in the trenches 1/1 a day, another section should be loafing, drinking or striking 

    for more pay. Neither is it right that the needs of the country should be exported for the sake of

    excessive profits by an employer or merchant.



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