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[To the Editor,

" Guardian."j

Sir,—l have read the controversy in the "Guardian" on the above subject. Will you kindly allow give my i views on the subject? I have been on the land for over 30 years, and I have ahvays kept cows during that time, and for about eight months in the year we used to get sixpence per lb for butter. Now it takes two gallons and a-half of rich milk to make a pound of butter or ten quarts to the pound. So milk at fivepence per quart which we pay here is equal to four shillings and twopence per.-pound for butter. One of my neighbours used to take milk to the factory, and had to drive seven miles there and seven miles back, and sell it for fourpence per gallon, and they a-re now living a retired life without the pension, t was speaking to a man who used to run a milk cart in Ashburton, and he said there was such a lot of bad debts; mostly iJhe drinking and gambling class. One man, a drunkard, let him in for over ten pounds. 1 think if a person were to take a small shop in Ashburton, and get the farmers to supply him with milk, and sell at fourpence per quart cash, he would make a good living. i[ would try it myself if I had the time. GEORGE LOACH.

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CORRESPONDENCE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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CORRESPONDENCE Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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