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[:■ -etfBLIC NOTICES. t-ICTIMISED BY THE AUCKLAND V BREWERS. (Tp'the Editor.) Sir — It is iuv Intention to briefly lay be tnie you some "of the practices indulged lr J," at least one of the leading firms c/ hrewers in Auckland. It is a well known {«et that at election times some things are Jane which In everyday business life would be hardly tolerated, but at election times a Lrtain amount of latitude is given, though Jwish to now show that they have exceeded all latitude. Durinfc the period of three or four months prlbr to the last general election I was engaged by the firm in question'"" organise and canvass lv their Interests in the Eden electorate. For this work I was to receive the magnificent remnneratlon of £2 10/ per week, aud, being a married man with three children, and at the time out of work, I accepted the engagement. I worked for some considerable time, together with other canvassers, and tie management of the Arm by which I was eugased intimated that it was really necessary to have an office in the electorate, so that the staff could meet and discuss pro-p-ess and matters in connection with the work. I Informed the manager that I had a spare room at my house which could be nsed for the purpose, and that the amount to be paid f° r the use of it would be left to the discretion of themselves. This was left at that, and the staff walked ln and out as they pleased, and a good deal of the time bad meals, etc., in the house. 1 was led to believe that as soou as the election was over I wouM be able to obtain per- ■ nianent employment from them. In fact, j was definitely promised such. After the election was over I interviewed the manager, aud asked for the promised employment, and he put mc off from time to time, and eventually he save mc a billet as labourer ln their , store at £2 2/ per week, out of which I was compelled to pay entrance fees to a union. This work lasted for a fortnight, when I was informed that they had finished with my services, but that I would again be put on canvassing, etc., for the Licensing Committee Election. After the Licensing Committee Ejection I again asked for work, and was informed that, as so much ground had been gained by the No-llcense party, It would be necessary for them to reduce hands instead of increasing them. I was not asking for a billet at £4 per week, or any such like billet, but to be treated as a man should be treated by a firm which has received more than full value for the money expended. After the committee elections were over the matter of remuneration lor the use of my house was mentioned, and I was given the enormous sum of 5/ per week for the nse of the house, but nothing whatever for having fed the staff half the time they were working In the district. The result was that I had lost so much money that I was compelled to resort to pawning a great quantity of my belongings to enable mc to meet the demands of my tradespeople, who were under the impression that I had received hundreds of • pounds for my services, and who considered that 1 was fully entitled to a considerable snm of money for the work I had done When asked by a friend why they had not treated mc decently, the firm said that they were under the impression that I had cast my vote with the No-license party. I wish to state that I did not do so, and never have done so, but the treatment dealt out to mc ls sufficient to make any man do so eventually. Another case of the injustice done to a personal friend of mine is with regard to . one of their witnesses in an important petition case in which it was sought to upset a poll. This witness was to have gone away to a billet, but was detained by the brewers In general to give evidence oil their behalf, and they promised to pay him a salary equal to what he had been drawing all the time he was out of work, but as soon as the witness had given his evidence, which was the making of the case and on which they had great hopes of winning the case, these brewers turned ronnd and refused to pay him "any further remuneration, and they were approached on this witness' behalf to see if they could not give him employment of any descrip- : tion. They stated that they had nothing for him to do, not even driving one of their carts or labouring work. When oue takes into consideration the fact that this man was capable of taking charge of a whole clerical aud book-keeping staff, and was willing to take anything between that and driving one of their carts, but could not get it, then you must admit that after being used by them he has not been fairly treated. I have got this information from good authority, and, if necessary will bring the man in front of you. In conclusion, I feel I must appreciate the fight put up by 'the Band of Business Men, who spent a large sum of money in fighting this monopoly, which will not hesitate to questionable methods to gain their own ends. The Band of Business Men, who have been sneered at by this monopoly, have only been working for the rights of their fellow-citizens, who have been victimised by the Trade and its associates, and even though some may differ from them in their views on the liquor question, one must admit that they did net stooo to adopt the tactics of the Trade Monopoly, who used the Citizens' League as a cloak. It is to be hoped that you will all bear thiß fact In mind, and when the Harbour Board elections 'take place shortly you will support c ticket brought forward by a "party which flehts in a manner, which, at least, is above suspicion. I could enlighten you farther on some of the practices suggested by the leaders of the Trade and their highest officials in election matters, but as I cou.d not substantiate these statements by getting corroborative evidence, I will refrain from making them until another of their canvassers has come to the conclusion that the Trade is not quite such as would be palatable to a clean and right minded man. I now leave this in your hands, and in doing so defy any one of the brewers or their representatives to come forward and refute my statements or endeavour to explain tneir conduct. —I am, etc., JOHN WILLIAM HUGHES, Mount Roskill. (ADVT.)

aUNRISB TMPROVED A CETYLENE pAS p ENERATORS. PATENT NO. 23.527. As it has been reported to us that some persons have been Canvassing for Orders, and a certain firm has been manufacturing these Generators, we wish it to be known that they are not authorised by us to do so, aiid we are in no way Identified with them. Any infringement of our Patent Rights, the area for which extends from Lake ITaupo to the North Cape, will now be rigorously dealt with. Our Agents in Auckland are the Southern Cross Iron Manufacturing Co., Ltd.. Wel-lesley-st. Any business can be transacted with them, or direct with us. Sub-ageuts will be appointed in the various districts. S. AND it. HALJE, Plumbere, Rotorua.

TOST you try our Grand Tippy Fannlngs, ■V mixed with Green; 1/ per lb.—John Earle and Co., Direct Tea Importers, Queenst. 77 LOST AND FOXTNU. TOST, Roll of Music—Reward at Messrs ■*-* Eady's. Music Sellers. Queen-st. 4 TOST, Saturday, Pug Pup, about four A* months old, from Graftou-rd. Reward. —15T, Grafton-rd. T-OST, from near Remuera Station, One -H Red and White Cow, in full milk.— Reward. E. G. Churches. 80 TOST, Lady's Umbrella, tram 75, from J - i Ponsonby. 9.15 a.m. to-day.—Please return to Mrs J. B. Mersey, Church-st. Regard. 69 T OST, between Mt. Roskill and Penrose, -*- 1 Girl's Brown Coat. — Finder kindly leave at Hamblin, Grocer, Newmarket, or Mrs Walls. Penrose. Reward. T OST, Saturday. Lady's Gold Chain and it , Locket - genu's photo, inside, between •wiyber Pass, Karangahape-rd., or vicinity. —Keward. "Saltcoats," Auburu-st., off *-nyber Pass. "POUND, Bft Dinghy, painted brown. If * not claimed within seven days will be sold._App!y H. L. Parker, c/o Bailey and ""re. Customs-st. 7 WOUND. 1 flat-bottomed Boat, about 13ft ,„» °T er , all - Painted light brown.—Owner may olitain possession on payment of expenses to the Collector of Customs Auckland QUOCEUY Business, old established, near W- , ' ah "V' a rooms,, uiKiiigo iiU per ttbouV *?H\ bt " ; , uu = U0UW1 »; at valuation about £100.—Spain ana Co., an, Symonds-

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 65, 17 March 1909

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