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Sir,— I heard the following from a most reliable source, and they are facta which cannot bo contradictedA certain large firm in Dunedin have immense numbers of oatmeal and flour bags made, which they sell to the millers and others. These bags are made by contract. A short time ago 2s 6d per gross (144) was paid, but recently this firm has squeezed tho price down to Is id per gross, and not long ago one of the managers of a department interviewed one contractor and offered her tho whole of the work if she would do it for lid per gross, the contractor (as is usual) findiug her own thread and sewing machines, aud suggested to the contractor to do the same as others do. Another contractor makes the bags'at Is Id per gross, and employs girls at 5s a week. Several other women do the same. There is one at St. Kilda getting girls to do the work for 5s a week. The offer was refused. Tho work to bb done making these bags is as follows : —(1) Tho calico has to be cat into proper sizes ; (2) to he properly sewn; (3) to be turned neatly ready for nse ; (4) to bo tied in bundles of three dozen each. It must be remembered that the contractor buys her own thread from the firm that gives the work ; and when the bill for payment of work done is presented, 5 per cent, is deducted as discount. These facts are well known to some of tho clerks in the office, but if tho public have any doubts about the above, dozens-of women can come forward and prove what I say is true in every particular.—l am, etc , Richard Taylor, Dunedin, June 8,

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SWEATING EXTRAORDINARY., Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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SWEATING EXTRAORDINARY. Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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