OPINIONS OF THE PEESS.
THE WORKING MAN.—The form, size, and price of this periodical has been altered,
and each alteration is, in our opinion, an improvement. The articles are written in a
tolerant, hopeful, genial spirit; many of them display considerable ability. In the last
number there is an admirable letter from Mazzini to the working men of Cagliari, the
spirit of which we would like to see infused into our working-class associations in this
country. An appeal is made by the Council of the National Reform League, on behalf
of their president, Mr. James Bronterre O'Brien, a name at one time well known on
Tyneside. It appears Mr. O'Brien is in bad health, and as years increase upon him, he
is not so able as formerly to attend to his usual labours. We cordially endorse the
Working Man's testimony to the able and undaunted champion of the people's rights, and
trust the appeal of his friends may meet with the hearty response it so well deserves.—
THE WORKING MAN (no 21).—A comprehensive sub-title given to this serial shows
that it is devoted to many important subjects for working men. It is " a political and
social advocate of the rights of labour, and a monthly record of co-operative progress."
We have read several of the articles with considerable pleasure, especially those which
descant on the principles of co-operation. Without subscribing to all the conclusions
which earnest advocates of co-operation arrive at, we are quite satisfied that there is very
much in those principles which must have a salutary effect on the future welfare of the
labouring classes of this country. The drawback to carrying out those principles hitherto
has been the difficulty in finding the right men to manage the stores. from the specimens
which have been seen about this neighbourhood, we are not very favourably impressed
with the material out of which the fabric has been sought to be made. Prior to success,
the masses of working men need to be educated in the theory of co-operation, and then
they must have disinterested, conscientious men to take the lead in carrying on those
institutions which may be established in different parts of the country. This magazine,
we have no doubt, will assist in the enlightenment which is needed, and we ask the
artizans of this district to purchase it regularly, and make themselves master of the
principles which its writers are engaged in discussing.—Cardiff Times, Jan. 10.
THE WORKING MAN.—This little journal is peculiarly fitted for the class to whom it
is specially addressed.—National Reformer, Jan. 11,1862.