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A farmer of the Rakaia district, who is now in a large way, told a 'J Guardian " reporter that he haa been farming in the Ashburton County for 39 years. He left County Wexford (Ireland) and arrived in New Zealand with 30s in his pocket. To use his own words, he bought a spade, and has been digging ever since. He now owns a large area of land, and employs permanently from 12 to 14 men. Speaking on the labour question, he said that he found it paid him to treat his men well. He gave them good wages and each year a £10 bonus and an acre of potatoes. He has growing now about 25 acres of potatoes, an acre ot winch will be allptted to each employee, and should any of the men need any more of the tubers they may purchase them at £3 per ton. The result of the good treatment is that his men seldom left him unless to buy a farm a farm of their own and settle down. One man who is now purchasing a farm had been with him for 25 years, and others have been in his employ for very long periods. He stated that he' had arranged for some farm labourers and domestic servants from Ireland, who would shortly arrive in the Dominion. Asked how the Irish farm labourers and domestics suited him, he stated that they had always given him great satisfaction. He added that they were delighted to be able to get to the Dominion, for in Ireland all they got as a reward for their work was food and lodging and clothes. Those conditions obtained in Ireland for farm workers until the present day.

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TREATMENT OF FARM HANDS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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TREATMENT OF FARM HANDS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8786, 5 February 1914

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