A History Of Postal Agitation; From Fifty Years Ago Till The Present Day

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byHenry G. Swift

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1900 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI A PERIOD OF STAGNATION--THE BLIND POSTMASTER-GENERAL AND A GLEAM OF LIGHT--A MEMORABLE VISIT--THE FAWCETT SCHEME. Lord John Manners had descended from his pedestal of office and returned to the comparative obscurity and inactivity for which his attainments so well fitted him. Before leaving the Post-Office he had the satisfaction of knowing that, from one point of view, he had done at least one thing well; he had stifled discontent and reduced the common herd of postal workers to their proper level of uncomplaining Government serfs. Under his regime had grown and flourished naturally a system of petty tyranny and sycophancy which rendered open honest protest well-nigh impossible, which compelled men to endure it or accept the alternative, resignation or dismissal, and which made any attempt at combination as impossible as in the prehistoric days before the penny post. The condition, so far as the limitations on their liberty were concerned, was every whit as bad as prevailed years before the agitation. Nearly all the reforms which the late agitation had started so hopefully to attain had been left undone. The violent coup for which Lord John Manners was responsible had taken the heart out of the men, and they had to take the postal service as they found it or leave it for others to be forced into their places from the stress of competition outside. The hidebound official tenet that the permanency of Government employment more than compensated for all shortcomings was now being interpreted as if to mean that this quality of "permanency" not only compensated for but justified and rendered necessary the employment of petty persecution, the deprivation of almost every claim to citizenship, and the cur tailraent of most ordinary human rights. The utte...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1900 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI A PERIOD OF STAGNATION--THE BLIND POSTMASTER-GENERAL AND A GLEAM OF LIGHT--A MEMORABLE VISIT--THE FAWCETT SCHEME. Lor...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217153518

ISBN - 13:9780217153515

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