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IN THE FATHERLAND'S BYWAYS.

IMPBEBSIONS OF A TRAVELLER,

BicßNEr Ap

A Swibb who bad just from many, where be bus b»en h

time in the country districts. rema>k- on

UntruatworStineßS of information g.ii

from German newepapers and German

vato letters, all of wbioh pnss through

strict a censorship that anything thas a >y thing really calculated to throw on ih>< etate 6t the country is invariable eliminate). Nor can a correct idea ba formed from visits to Berlin and the other largo German cities. It will bo noticed thu it i- alaiojt alwiys of Berlin that the Germans soeak, and aiw.iyß Berlin tnnt they like to shiw to any neutial visitor. This Swiss, whcnu business took him to small towns and country districts, remarks that in his opin on it 13 utterly misleading to speak now of the mass of the German people being enthusianio for (be war. AH the working clfis3en. all those with relatives at the farmers business

men, and moat of the highlyertueated speak of the war as of a VMt misfiirfcunn. whic b 'hey hop» w 11 end Gpemdily as positive. Even invalid soldiurg w<lo have been sent home on account of sickness, and th j Landstrum men guarding powder stores, railways, and bridges, all adoDt the samo tone "The Germ in pnilo U bsciminj; m iro avid rao'e ooTiioel si >.». Girminy hi* nothing more to gain f-virn the wir, and that her situation is beoom ng daily worse, while it is more and more frequently complained that the people are kapt in ths dark n,3 to the true state of affairs and evsn that they are being directly lied to and deceived." Mistrust of the Government 13 increasing, and the present reign of terror mikei it worse etill. LOW WAGES FOR WOMEN. This applies most especially to the poorar classes 0? the population ~lh:r-iG who traval fourth olasg, who are crowded together ia oramped dwellings, and who ava now being underpaid aid underfed, owing t"> t'n '-•••• ness o( wagaa and the high prioa of aaaaa Baries. The bread ratiin? are much too small, at any ruts for this nlass of people and for ihoee with lar.qe families. -The

poorer people cannot nflord meat, and often oannot procure potatoes either, and frequently hiwe consumed their allotted p rtion of bread in two thi ds of th« time allowed for iti consumption Consequently for dai>a a poor family often has no bread. It is true that there ie plenty of meat in Germany, the immense nurnbei of pigs whirjh have been oompulsorily slau-ih. tared-of late for want of euffisient focder Meat, therefore, it might have been thought, would not Have been dear, but as a matter oC faot, it is from 20 to 30 per cent, dearer than before the war, and thus rarely appears on poor people's tables. In many industries, not only have wages been reduced, but also ' hours of work. The 'great German patriots have not failed to exploit the present b'tuation. For instance, a large Stuttgart textile firm, which has bsen fully occupied working for the Army and Navy all the winter, and must hive olearrd quite £25,000 profits, baa been paying its women workete five marks weekly. Appirantly only the skilled work tv\-< " , "> »•■■>■) •-! ••••) c .■! /1. •>:<, aid owing .j -1 .•-■■. 1 - i:u uiju tuey can alwa-s iaaiei on being well paid ; but 119 for the women, who frequently replace their men folk serving in the Army, they are paid star-

vation and thus the rate of wages in [

general is being lowered in Germany.

It is a mistake for people rein ning from Berlin or Frankfurt to say th'.fc n war is not noticeable in Germany. If- r v c many signs of it apart from the r Landings everywhere converted ; uto mii. • JO3pitals and the number o? inva'Jd 0 rmioed todiers, Ti.'eis, for insl ice, much Ices t'fe, at any r:.la in the smaller towns, and in >U least one fairly large ndastriat town the '.ratn3 are not runnin3 Co these being co little demand for ( iem. In the fields it is almist exalusively women and children who an preparing the ground for the earn, mer orops. The big Army contacts bavp been given by the Government entirely to large firms in large centres, of population, and not to smaller firms, which is another of the reasons why the effects of the war are muoh more notioeablci in the smaller German town than in Berlin and the other chief oities.—••Morning Post."

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IN THE FATHERLAND'S BYWAYS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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IN THE FATHERLAND'S BYWAYS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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