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' At one of the greatest of the London joint stock banks the directors have raised the commencing salary as well as tho limit to which, clerics can go—a double step, the' importance of which cannot ' bo over-estimated. Other banks adopt the bomis system. Humdrum men always, ( rpmained on the lower scale. They \\ould not shine in any'path of lifo. it was/said that they, ■and ■&!:&->' alone, arc the men who ooin- ■ "plain. jMr Rnghos, of the National ,Union of Clerk's, .informed the /'.Telegraph " that it was the. junior, clerk, who needed better -pay. 'Parents had

to keep the junior 'clerk. for years. The-3 "vas a, tradition'that the position of t':o bank clerk was such a .superior

one find bis prospects so rppy that '.parents Avere glad to start their boys' careers in a bank at almost any salary. 'Prospects;o£ the junior were, as a matter of fact, very poor. It would, be interesting to get a return: showing how many bipil? ; clerks : under" ;30 'years >of age \ver£> married. Banks made it a xule to-forbid, a-.clerk to marry, until Ke received, ascertain, salary,, per. annum,;. '.'"■ and numbers found marriage impossible, because they did not reach the /allotted .minimum,; That rule was framed with a- view to keeping a clerk [free from temptation with regard to , tfche cash he .handled.

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THE HUMDRUM MEN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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THE HUMDRUM MEN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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