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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —Referring to the statement of the town clerk that a “ring” had recently been formed amongst the master printers, will you allow me to say that it has not been formed a day too soon. The master printers for the past year or two have been working for the benefit of the public, and not for their own profit, and now that the master printers have decided to work on such lines as will enable them to pay their debts and keep out of the Bankruptcy Court, and at the same time pay their hands a fair wage, the injured public, in the person of the town clerk, begins to blubber that the master printers want to overcharge them. . ,

Sir, anyone connected with the printing business knows that for a long time past a large class of people have been in the habit of hawking round their jobs—some of them not worth more than 10s altogether seeking for the lowest tender, even if the work has to be done at sweating prices. I wonder how some of our shoemakers, for instance, who hawk the town for the cheapest market, would relish the idea of a master printer asking him to tender for making a pair of boots —and yet that is the sort of thing the master printers have had to submit to for years past, while it is well known that some of the greatest sinners in this respect are wont to speechify eloquently when considering the sweating question. The master printers are as honest a class of business men as any other in the City; and as they know their own business best, I hope they will loyally adhere to the rules of their Union, and teach the sweating fraternity that they must take the town clerk’s advice and try and get their work done elsewhere. —I am, etc,, Compositor. Dunedin, May 18.

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THE PRINTERS’ RING., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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THE PRINTERS’ RING. Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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