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January 1914

Continued failure of the Council's Education Committee to impliment the Feeding of Necessitous School Children Act caused uproar when it agreed an extra £400/year grant to the Grammer School, which was already costing ratepayers £600/year, with no extra "free" places. The Grammer school it reports was set up "as a free school for the education of the sons of the poor" but this was done away in in 1874 and currently only 45 "free" places which ratepayers pay £22/head while the well healed pay only £15.

A vicar reported on "The Drink Evil" estimating people in Wolverhampton spent £987/day on alcohol with 34 pubs per square mile and average drunkeness 480 per 100,000.

Repoprt on industrial accidents rising with 5,254 workers killed the previous year and nearly 200,000 injured, as many "as there are men in the British Army".

Outlook and forecasts for the coming year locally and internationally.

Feature on slum housing in Monmore Green.

Working Women in Politics column.

Includes review of a pamplet on the "Torture of political prisoners in Russia" under the Czar.




February 1914 

Labour debate at Town Council on slum landord councillors and the lack of town planning.

Adverts for Kier Hardie MP meeting at Empire Theatre and article about him.

Still indignant about Grammer School grant as headline "£400 a year for Snobs" suggests!

Trades Council resolution taken up on the provision of covers for drivers of trams in Wolverhampton, some working up to 10 hours in rain. Only half trams equipped.

International solidarity expressed with South African rail workers and miners whose leaders were arrested and deported under Martial Law imposed after strike. "Let no worker be indifferent to what ocurred in South Africa because the ocean and two continents divide him from the sin of the outrage which has been committed. The cause of the workers in South Africa is our cause."

The Wolverhampton Worker addressed in a class fashion, the growing militarism and a Bill to give "compulsary military training for residents at universities... if the militarists can get it through Parliament they will turn around and say what is good for one class is good for another. It is a trap to ensnare the worker into Conscription..merely a scheme to compel the have nots to defend the property of the haves."

Response to last month's A vicar reported on "The Drink Evil" artivcle with a class analysis.

Coomplaint about the Wolverhampton Day Industrial school, "descibed by Government inspectors as one of the worst in the country" where children under detention orders were sent to chop wood and where the council was sending the poorest Necessitous Children.

Working Women in Politics column raised "the fight reduction of armaments, fight against consciption and the prevention of war with the agreement of the workers" to be the urgent question with the right to vote second.

Gardening column and an advert for "Meat without meat, vegetarian savories and nut meats" in Chapel Ash.


March 1914 

Leads with an interview with Wolverhampton prospective Labour MP on nationalisation of railways.

100 new Wolverhampton Co-op members in last month.

Report on Kier Hardie's visit and rally in Wolverhampton.

Council gives contract to firm paying less than Council's Fair wage Clause.

Comic conversation deriding councils lack of house building. Plus an "Ode to Councillor Jones" who had said "that the people could live in better houses if they only didn't drink."

The monthly Labour meeting to have Dr Marion Phillips who was Working Women in Politics column writer for the Wolverhampton Worker, General Secretary of Womens Labour League, Chair of the Womens International Council of Socialist and Labour Organisations, Kensington councillor, editor of Labour Women and executive member of the Workers Educational Trust plus Frank Goldstone MP and Teachers Union leader to speak.

Open letter to councillors from Red Emma Sproson on local housing.

Working Women in Politics column about single room tenements.

Complaint of the "veritable eye-sore" of the rubbish dump at Lea Road/Penn Road corner.

Several articles and references to the strike breaking tactics in South Africa being used in Wolverhampton.

Gardening column continues.


April 1914 

Front page report of Wolverhampton meeting addressed by H. J. Poutsma, the Rail union's general secretary and one of the nine trade union leaders in the recent strike in South Africa who had been deported back to Britain at gunpoint. 

The Women in Politics column also led on support for the families of the deported South African trade unionists.
Former Engineers union Gen Sec and Glasgow Labour MP to speak next month.
Poem in response to request to Wolverhampton Territotials to become strike-breakers.
Expose of arms manufacturing links of the most jingoistic politicians, including Neville Chamberlain.
Reports from Canada and that the "French Labour Council is still working to secure the "English Week" or the free Saturday afternoon with the ten hours' day for women and young persons."
Council's Education Committee overturned its decision to adopt the scheme for the Medical Treatment of School Children which had been highlighted by the Wolverhampton Worker.
"Boy Scouts - a movement which trade unionists should boycott" for teaching servitude to employers.
A retort to the vicar of St.Patricks on his preachings on socialism.
94 people died of starvation in Bitain last year.
Analysis of a "Tory propoganda" election leaflet to save the church from disestablishment!
Report of transatlantic cruise ships: "German boats being immensely superior to British and American lines in their catering to the third-class passenger.....trained suave stewards in the third-class section, naval" trained deck hands, all hands taught to row - and that before the Titanic disaster."


May 1914 

Lead article is an arguement for "why trade unoins should 'meddle' with politics" to the "many members of a trade union  which is about to take its political ballot". 

Attack on "Tory press" over Irish home rule and South African trade unionists by Herbet Morrison who went onto to become a Labour minister, ban the Daily Worker (which preceded the Morning Star) for 18 months during the WW2, orchestrate the 1945 general election victory and become a grandfather, to Peter Mandelson.

New "Chats on Health" column started. More gardening tips.

Editorial notes the first anniversry of the Wolverhampton Worker. "The result has exceeded our expectations. We are surprised and gratified at the reception the Worker has has at the hands of the Wolverhampton public. From being received as something of a mild curiosity on its first appearance, the monthly issue of our paper has become an event which is eagerly looked forward to by thousands of people in Wolverhampton."

Trades Council agreed with NUR to hold a Wolverhampton meeting with Ben Tillett described even then as  "veteren trade union leader", split the Labour movement with his support for WW1 and went on to form Transport and General Workers union.

Further inverstigationwith photos,into slum housing owned by the brewery "What's the matter with Wolverhampton? Poverty and beer their connection in Hallets Row"; lack of sanitation causing diptheria. Finally demolished in 50s next to School Street in Wolverhampton centre.

Discussion on the merits of women's involvement in the Pleasant Sunday Afternoon (PSA) movement and Baptist Brotherhoods.




June 1914 

Labour Party propose direct labour scheme for council employed house builders instead of private building syndicates.  Council to build 10 homes with bathrooms for Wolverhampton firefighters @ £300 each weekly rent 5s less than half private rent.

An advert offers insurance for domestic servants!
Chats on Health column concentrates on "The Workers' Child" with 40,000 a year dying from pulmonary consumption offering advice on wholemeal food, vegetable cooking and begins on the 13 types of chest.
John D. Rockefeller Jnr's mines in Colorado "drafted in to the strikezone thousands of gunmen and assassins masquerading under the name of detectives......women and children while sleeping have been burnt to death by having the tents set on fire over them, men have been shot in the back while returning under a flag of truce from negotiations".
ILP motion passed against the local education authority for "excluding women from competing for the position of Assistant Medical Schools Officer". A hard-hitting editorial in support describes the town's council as "a body of men of venerable men on whom the cobwebs of time were woven thick...they only wish to be left to dream of the things that them woman is still the servile slave". It notes the "outcry in the town for the medical inspection of the girls to be undertaken by a capable woman practitioner".
"Efforts are being made to bring about closer working arrangements between the trade union movement and the co-operative movement". It highlighted the positive links between them in Belgium which helped bring about a general strike.
Working Women in Politics column on cost of living - food prices had risen by a quarter in last decade, explained with detailed economic causes and an anti-war argument.
Labour Party's summer campaign going well, 14 open air meetings in 4 wards. "One word about The Worker - the quickening interest in the Labour Party is undoubtebly due to the influence of this journal".
Council received 209 fossils, donated to the Art Gallery it was reported that had the councillors adjourned to visit the gallery "there would have been 254 fossils". That is +48 councillors less the three Labour!
Meeting with Ben Tillett the famous dockers leader from the historic 1889 tanner an hour strike, who with Tom Mann had led the growth of The New Unionism, announced for this month.
Conclusion of series of articles on local housing conditions calling for wholesale housing reform. Statistics on increased military expenditure.


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