THE CHINESE OCTOPUS. TENTACLES ON WELLINGTON. (Evening Post, 24 March 1906)

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the chinese octopus tentacles on wellington labour views periodically tho public of wellington get some reminder tliat the wily chinaman is slimly plsnting himself firmly in their midst and h spreading like a banyan tree in tho commercial territory of the town while europeans have been j apparently slumbering the asiatic has been avide awake till he threatens to be a menace to white competitors in directions scarcely suspected tt is a notorious fact that ho has captured iho fruit and greengrocery trade here he has his hand on dry goods his iron is on the avhite shirt collar and cuff and it is believed that john copying the example j of his brethren in australia is dabbling in the furniture trade here his attention to woodwork is already in evidence according to a member of the trades council who says that he has seen some chinese carving in a building in kent-terrace the chinaman invasion of the realm of furniture is regarded avith apprehension because his operations in australia owing to his ability to exist on nothing comparatively has proved disastrous io european tradesmen who require more of the avorld goods to make iheir existence tolerable this industrial aspect however has been brought into prominence now not because wellington has roused itself from its customary lethargy on the subject but because the auckland trades and labour council has forwarded a remit for the easter labour conference ostensibly with the aim of preventing the sweating of chinamen in new zealand by indenturers while new zealand has been protesting against the continuance of coolie slavery m south africa some sympathisers apparently convinced that similar servitude though in a mnder form prevails here have submitted a remedial proposal seeing 1 the auckland remit reads that the present polltax of 100 per head on chinese immigrants is not sufficient to prevent large quantities of chinamen from coming into the colony tied hand and foot to chinese employers who have advanced the amount of their poll-tax this conference is of the opinion that the tax fchould be increased to not less than 200 per head approving the general tenor of the remit the wellington trades and labour council has decided to urge that the poll-tax should be not less than 1000 with an education test as avell x mr w t young who moved at the wellington council meeting that the tax should be raised to 1000 told a reporter this morning that the council favoured the general principle of excluding the chinese whether they were slaves or not he believed that the poll-tax avas paid by indenture for chinese who were despatched to new zealand so that the immigrants escaped direct payment themselves though they had of courae to take it out in 7 hard labour the raising of the tax would however act as a check on that practice especially in conjunction with an education test which was applied to other foreigners and should with still more reason be undergone by chinamen though the imperial parliament would probably not approve a total exclusion hiav he believed that the assent of the king could be secured for such a measure as the one that he had outlined mr young then emphasised the danger threatened to european tradesmen and artisans by chinese competition and submitted that these asiatics by their immorality which they kneav oav to conceal from the public eye were ob noxious citizens at the best they removed capital from the country for when they hadmade their little pile they returned to their native land to live in luxury on profits made out of europeans


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