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LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETIES AND THEIR AGENTS.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—The comments of "Insurance Agent" in your issue of the ISth inst. are only too true. Better far to be a chimney sweep, and be sure of receiying your earnings, than work under the present system of canvassing for insurance business, where, when we actually perform the work set for us, there is no certainty of our getting paid one fraction for the same. It seems very odd that we poor agents, canvassing outside in all weathers getting business for our societier, and so earning commission, are dependent entirely upon the doctor's report as to the health of the proponent before we can receive commission, whilst the doctors, sitting in their snug consulting rooms, there examining the proponents, are paid a fee of one guinea by the society employing them in oveiycase, whethor their report is favorable or otherwise to the proponent—whether his application be accepted or rejected. Tho remedy I have to suggest is that the doctors should allow the canvasßoru a gratuity of say 5s in every case submitted to them, or they should arrange with tho society for tho retention of that sum for the canvasser, to be paid on receipt of each report. We have heard a deal of talk lately on the " sweating system," where girls do get paid something, be it ever so little, for their work ; but here are we working—and many of us have families to maintain—in all weathers and seldom get paid anything.—l am, etc,, Another Insurance Agent. Dunedin, June 20.

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LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETIES AND THEIR AGENTS., Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement

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LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETIES AND THEIR AGENTS. Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement

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