Miners Against Chinese: 0050.0181


            The first duty of the Labor party, and especially of the mining section of that party is to organize and see that every man entitled to a vote is registered and on the roll of voters.  The election for members to serve in the next provincial parliament will soon be upon us and it is of the utmost consequence that the mining section of the labor party shall be well organized so as to be able to grapple with the labor question as a well disciplined force acting under intelligent guidance.  Indifference or negligence to this, the first duty of a citizen, is simply criminal.  If, some fine day, we wake up to the fact that trial by injunction has taken the place of trial by jury, the cause may be traced to the apathy of the working class in neglecting to make themselves heard and felt at the ballot-box.

            The history of the last legislature of British Columbia should be a warning to every miner especially to gird [sic.] up his loins for a contest that shall buy cheap Asiatic labor in its final sleep, and among a hundred other legalized abuses, wipe out the present law by which incorporated companies can get fifty-mile claims on the banks of auriferous streams on which only Chinese labor need be employed.  Let us see to it that the next Legislature shall be composed of men with the ability and determination to analyse the vicious enactments now in force which are largely the useless lumber of the dead ages of tyrannical usurpation, the  palisades of property and massgrown precedents for legalized robbery.

0050.0181: Miners Against Chinese

Election for provincial parliament must include people whose first duty is for the mining section of the Labor party.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  August 19, 1897
Pages:  4
Publisher:  The Ledge (New Denver)
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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