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HOW TWENTY-EIGHT WEAVERS STARTED BIGGEST-
GENERAL MERCHANDISE' BUSINESS ON EARTH
Editor's Note This, is the
second of a series of articles
on co-operation in England
Tomorrow's, article will tell
'r about the scope, and goal of
' the movement.
By, Harry Gi Farmer."
; London, Jan. 17. In 1844, 28
"weavers "of ' Rochdale, in Lanca-.
The Rochdale method, invent
ed nearly three-quarters of a cen
tury ago', is the method employed
by the great. affiliated co-operative
societies of Great Britain to-"
dav.- v . . .
With the Rochdale store as.a
model, hundreds of similar stptes
came into existence in L'anca'shire
t K ' " . i i i " i
The Interior of a British Co-Operative Store.
shire, contributed'a guinea each
to a-pool and opened the first co
operative store in the world. They,
had 20 .of this world's goods in
stoclc. They boughtdifect from
the farmer, dairyman and manu
facturer and sold" direct "to -the
consumer, -' "- -
The-upper and middle classes
did nothing to forward the move
ment; rather they fought it. Hos
tile bills-innumerable were passed
.against it. Big landlords and
.employers penalized those who
,wee caught trading- withthe co