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E.J.

Begbie Answered

In an article entitled "Democracy in Flood" ("Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper," Sept. 2) Harold Begbie unloads his mind. After admitting the unhuman conditions of existence of a large section of the working class of the North (it might be information to him to be told that these conditions are not confined to one section or to the North, but to the whole working class, North, South, East and West), he says, with astonishment expressed in every word, that the pitmen of a certain Northern town are eager for lectures on a subject of real intellectual interest. In this town there are gatherings of 3,000 men every Sunday in a large hall, and Mr. Begbie says : "I am assured that these quarrymen, pitmen, turners, fitters, shipwrights, are debating the whole question of human existence.

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