Page 1, 6th November 1936

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Page 1, 6th November 1936 — WHAT JARROW WANTS

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The March—A Successful Proof of Fitness

By "Catholic Herald" Special Representative

Jarrow has been in London all this week and if the dismal situation of this decaying town has not sufficiently impressed itself upon the national conscience before, two hundred marchers walking three hundred miles is publicity that cannot be overlooked.

Jatiaaw is very far from London, and London is the capital of our centralised semi-Socialist State. But Jarrow remains Jarrow, whatever London does about it, and though London may disregard it in the interests of the " greatest good of the greater number," no Christian may do the same.

For him the men and women of Jarrow, the tradition of Jarrow, the life of Jarrow are as important as the men and women of London and even England. The utilitarian and the Socialist will gladly scrap Jarrow; a true Christian can never scrap anything human, let alone a human being.

" We Don't Get Noticed" " That's the whole trouble, Jarrow is too far away from London," a Catholic Herald representative was told by one of the marchers. " Not because I walked it do I say that " he went on, " but because somehow we don't get noticed up there, we're CU! of the public eye, so to speak."

When questioned about the help that had been given to Jarrow by charitable inetitutions and interested business people in common with other distressed areas, the marcher acknowledged that people were full of practical sympathy for the cause of Jarrow.

" Surrey gives u$ playing fields for our kids," he said, " and now along comes Sir John Jarvis to set up a metal tube factory for which he refuses to take any profits, but it's not this kind of extra help that we really want."

Expert Opinion As he himself stated at a xi-meting on Tuesday at the Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, Sir John Jarvis is setting up a metal

tube industry in the long vacated Palmers Yard, Jarrow, which will occupy several hundred men.

" Experts," he said, " from other countries have drawn my attention to the great and growing demand for metal tubes of all kinds and I believe I have found various methods of dealing with such a project which are new and likely to prove successful."

He added that he did not intend to take any profits that might accumulate.

Gratitude was warmly expressed by rounds of applause at the end of Sir John's speech, but there was a growing feeling expressed by all the subsequent speakers that something more—national, recognition of their need for work—was required by Jarrow's workers who if grateful would not be satisfied by the charitable but indiVidual effort made by Sir John.

Solely for Arming?

In order to impress Parliament with this need, the march had been undertaken and the petition presented to the House. individual treatment for the town was based on the claim that Jarrow has alternately been taken up hotly by the Government when it suited them for the carrying out of Admiralty contracts, and dropped equally hotly under the policy of disarmament begun at the Washington Conference.

"If they can keep us in war-time surely they can keep us in peacetime," was a vehemently expressed comment upon the Government's financial embarrassments.

Marchers' Confidence

Whatever the outcome of the petition. however, the marchers are 'agreed upon one point that their walk has not been a failure.

As their marshall, Councillor D. F. Riley, said at the Memorial Hall—" It has given the lie to those people who have suspected that Jarrow men are neither willing nor fit for work. if it -were offered them."..

Out of two hundred marchers, one hundred and ninety-seven arrived at their destination. All were the healthier for their exercise and lone sojourn in fresh country air. " If they have sufficient spine to do this they can do any job," were Councillor Riley's last words.

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