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[Note 052.1] The strike referred to is almost certainly that of 1872.

[Note 052.2] The Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (ASRS) was founded in 1872

[Note 052.3] Michael Thomas Bass (1799-1884) served as liberal MP for Derby from 1847 until 1883. He favoured free trade and low taxation but he also supported improved living standard for the working class. In 1872, concerned at the long hours worked by railwaymen, he helped found the ASRS.
[Ref: Palmer, Roy Working Songs p203]

 

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