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HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN!

fTo the Editor.) Sir,—Mr. Rosser tells us he "has fallen." Hβ has had ao many falls of late that he does not specify which one he refere to. In my humble opinion his biggest is coming. He sneeringly Tefers to my tenants as having to live in my houses because they cannot secure better localities or better houses. Will he kindly mention the localities he refers to— four rooms, for instance, at £1 per week that he says -were let at 0/- to 8/- throe years ago? These cannot be found, and only exist in Mr. Rosser's great mind. I have seen Mr. Hickling, City valuer, ond he is a pretty good authority. He says no euch places exist inside the City as 4-roomed houses let tlrree years ago at 6/- or 8/- and now let at £1 per -week, co that Mr. Rogeer's statement is without foundation and no doubt done -with a view to injure propertyowners. If my tenants are, as Mr. Roseer says, on the lookout for better 'houses, surely they could have moved three years ago to the houses he told tho Premier about that could be had at 6/- to 8/-, and not have stopped in mine for from 6 to 17 years at 8/8, 9/-, 10/-, and 11/- per week. How foolish they must be! Mr. Roseer tells us that the City Council should build houses. No one knows better than he does that the City Council cannot do anything of the kind ■without permission of the ratepayers. Let him propound a scheme of building to the ratepayers, offer himsolf as overseer to carry it out, and have a vote taken on it, and I will promise him as good a fall a* he has had yet, and he has 'had a good many. In no city in New Zealand is house rent as cheap as it in in Auckland. At present every facility is offered to people who want homes of their own—Government advance*, building societies and Savings Bank loans, etc. But that would! not suit the moonlight flitters who plunder their grocer, butcher, bak«r and landlord, as they would then have no floors, fences or staire to burn, except those of the mortgagee. —I am, etc., I am, etc, J. H. HANNAN.

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HOW ARE THE MIGHTY FALLEN! Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 77, 31 March 1909

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