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A-correspondent has written to the Wellington Post urging the removal of the restrictions upon soldiers in hospital, prohibiting them from doing work whereby they would be able to earn a little money for themselves. The correspondent submits that if the men like to work in their spare time and evenings they should be allowed to sell the results for their own benefit. On the matter being submitted to Sur-geon-General R. F. S. Henderson, C.8., Director-General of Medical Services, he explained that the system urged by the correspondent had already been tried, and had been found to produce indiscipline, and in consequence 'bad results. Mon in hospital had objected to performing fatigues, such even as shelling peas for their own consumption, while others were allowed to work for their own benefit. In one hospital the men had gone so far as to go on strike, refusing to perform very necessary duties which they were quite able to do. The consequence was that all had to be placed on the same footing, the proceeds of all saleable work that was done being put into a special fund for the purchase of extra hospital comforts, dainties, etc., which all patients shared. The man who was doing fatigues was not thus handicapped as against his' fellow sufferer, who, perhaps, was unable to do fatigues, but could do basket-work, fancy work, etc., by which he benefited himself alone. That being the case, the new rule 8 had ben brought into operation, and had been found to work satisfactorily.

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SOLDIERS' EARNINGS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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SOLDIERS' EARNINGS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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