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Alfred Russel Wallace : Alfred Wallace : A. R. Wallace :
Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)

"Wages Must Be Raised." Dr. Wallace's
Advice to Labour. (S703ae: 1913)

Editor Charles H. Smith’s Note: A story on a Wallace letter read at a meeting of the Poole and Bournemouth Trade and Labour Council. Reported on page 5 of the 17 September 1913 issue of The Daily Citizen, less than two months before Wallace died. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S703AE.htm

Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace, who has shown a keen interest in the efforts of the Poole and Bournemouth Trade and Labour Council to improve the lot of the worker, has sent the following remarkable letter to that organisation:--

     I wish every success in your work for the amelioration of the condition of the workers, through whose exertions, it may be truly said, we all "live, and move, and have our being." Your motto ("The unity of the workers is the hope of the world") is excellent.

     Above all things, stick together. Equally important is it to declare as a fixed principle that wages are to be, and must be, continuously raised, never lowered. You have too much arrears to make up, too many forces against you, to admit of their being ever lowered. Let future generations decide when that is necessary--if ever. This is a principle worth enforcing by general strike--nothing less will be effective, nothing less should be accepted--and you must let the Government know it, and insist that they adopt it. The rise must always be towards uniformity of payment for all useful and productive work.

     This letter, read at a largely-attended meeting, concluded with the advice, "Read The Daily Citizen."

     Dr. Alfred Russell Wallace, the co-discoverer with Darwin of the laws of natural selection, was born at Usk, Monmouthshire, in January, 1823, and is therefore well into his ninety-first year. He was educated at Hertford Grammar School, and was in his early years a land surveyor and architect. Since 1844 he has been engaged in natural history, social science, and scientific researches. Among his publications are works dealing with the Malay Archipelago and the Amazon (which he has personally visited), natural selection, miracles, and modern spiritualism, land nationalisation, and numerous scientific papers and popular articles. Dr. Wallace is the president of the Land Nationalisation Society, and the letter printed above shows how keen are his sympathies with the lot of the workmen.

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