Thanks and Other Things
Maoriland Worker, Volume 10, Issue 426, 7 May 1919, Page 8
Thanks and Other Things
W. Boon© writes from Waimate, aa follows:—"I must write these few lines before my time as a member of the A.P.TT. Executive- expires to thank the President, the General Secretary, and all other members of the Executive ior till the courtesy received from them while I hare been working with, them as an Executive officer. I hope the n-e-w Executive will be the same happy family as the old, and will continue the fight for the welfare of the rank and file as actively as has been the case in the past.
i I am down her-e on a threshing mill, I and I can tell you it is a real slave J bos. Th-erg, is need tor quite a lot of I leform on thsse mills—f/j& wag;-s are I not the only things that nsed reforming. -The old system of two men sleeping in the cook's whare is still in vogue, which, in ny opinion, is filthy and disgraceful. Th'o whare for the rest of
the men—nin. 3 sleep in v—is only fit for a fire. I think it is time tiu-.t the workers -got something fostter.
The season has been gccd fc: tiiresiiiag. :;o far the -,v3s.ther li« 3 been fine Tne crops are all goudj and ara t-ariiicg- out well. for the farmers, T,-fco ail seem to "be do in:/ veil. There ha~*
be-en some really good .yields down this way. 1 neat that on? bis , farmer had from 50 up to 101 bushel-? oi« wheat to the fore, and in this case I am glad, because he htt> put a lot down in this particular crop. Tln> vats are turning out well, ]0D bushels an aero being , quite somnion. I have- been informed that one farmer at Makikihi got as much as 100 bushels to the acre. So you seethat with good prices the farmers are doing all right. Of course, the Waimate farmers are a better class than those in North Canterbury where they refused to grow wheat.
One thing I? wry noticeable in ttis district, and this is that everybody one meets is strongly dissatisfied with the }.ia33ey-Vard crowd. I think that this seat could be easily won for Labor. If some- Labor M.P.'s were to come here and hold meetings in th-e ont-of way places amongst the small farmer?, I tluuk (.hey would be doing more good for Labor than by confining tlfeir attention to tho big towns. Dick Eddy and Vf. Paul with the assistance of a few fin« spirits are doing good work for the Labor -Party iv tho small centres, and if an M.P. could be got to give the district a week's meetings he would be appreciated and strongly supported. If the Labor Party is in earnest it will send this ALP. at once, and so help the local men to more firmly establish, the movement."