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THE PAPER DIFFICULTY.

GREAT SHORTAGE AND IN- ' CREASE IN PRICE.

The paper situation is becoming increasingly difficult all over the world, nowhere more so than in New Zealand. Referring to the position in England a London paper in February said:— \ "At the present time the 1-ressl of this country is confronted with difficulties of management, which it has never before experienced. Every owner of a publication is faced with a steadily rising bill of costs without a compensating increase in sales and advertisement revenue. Prices of all necessities wmch contribute to the getting out oi a publication vary m increased cost from 5 to 500 per cent. Some of the items _of expenditure are small, it is true, but the main charges, paper andwages, which constitute the cmei items of expenditure, have increased, and are still increasing, out of all proportion consistent with permanent sound business conducted on the old lines of successful management. "Aggravating as the dearth oi qualified assistants is, punishing' as is the constant increase in the cost of labour, these are comparatively minor items when compared with the price of paper and more still the outlook for the price of paper. A year ago, or, in fact, after the war had been in progress six months, newspaper could be purchased at the same price as in pre-war days. It was only in the spring of last year that prices commenced to rise, and this has continued, with ihe exception of two or three temporary set backs, until now figure

which compares with "that oi twenty-five years ago; if fact, to the days when the wood pulp for papermaking was in but the experimental stage.

"The paper manufacturers, unfortunately, have no control over the causes which are bringing about these higher prices. The paper restrictions, expensive labour, heavy freight rates, costly coal, expensive materials of all descriptions necessary to papermaking, are the chief causes which contribute to the difficulties. The constant demand of the Government for ships, and still more ships, has sent freight rates soaring to heights never before anticipated in the shipping world. And so long as the scarcity of steamers grows greater, and freight rates continue to rise, so it is inevitable that the cost of producing newspapers must increase."

A number of well-known newspapers in Great Britain have ceased publication. One of the latest is the "Sunday Freeman,"

of Dublin, one of the reasons given being the difficulty of securing sufficient supplies of paper.

l< dNtrin s wba-i> general dfify ■'i miic fiVni-> mi imp-ii-'int, pa l ' of -.-»'- ' '•■■>'. ■ ;• J of -i cm p-j of women may meuo '-hr. difficulty, bur, in t i district of purely Hrahln farming -mori a? Sovrh WpLai)o*:>b.ire it i* thought qn*wtinnahU whether ,-vomen would be found suitabW> for the work "*- The farmer-, however, appear to be.

quite willing to give tbo expwriment their sympathetic attention, and to do everything possible towards training any women wbo may volunteer. The difficulty wbiob fncm fanners in South West Lancashire is in finding accom tnodation for the workers.

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THE PAPER DIFFICULTY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3540, 28 April 1916

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THE PAPER DIFFICULTY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3540, 28 April 1916

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