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WORK FOR THE MILLION!, Issue 7949, 3 July 1889
WORK FOR THE MILLION!
AN EASY BUT COMFORTABLE LIVING.
There appeared, a little more than a week ago, in our columns and in those of some Northern contemporaries, an announcement that one H. E. Stirling, of Dunedin, was prepared—lor a consideration, of course—to vouchsafe to inquirers information that would enable all whom it might concern to earn a steady and highly remunerative wage. In the first instance a postage stamp had to be forwarded to cover the reply, which came in the shape of a printed slip that read something like this Office of New Zealand Branch, A.M.P. Buildings, Dunedin. Yours to hand, and we herewith give you an idea—that is if you are willing and energetic—that you can easily earn at homo, in a comfortable room, from 12 to L 5 per week. It will cost you nothing; capital not required; wo will start you. It matters not what your profession is, you can easily do the work. We have bad all classes of people to work for us from all sorts of professions, both men and women; and those that we did employ and snnd out work to were well satisfied at the end of every week. The employment we offer is e»ay work when you have done several lots. For the Melbourne Exhibition we had over 4,000 people at work, and ail earned from L2 to 15 weekly. Many boys and girls that we employed earned almost as much as men. To all persons wo employ we send enough work to last one week, and when that is finished you send it back to us, and by return parcels post we will send another lot, and by the same mail we will send you your wages earned for the work finished, which runs all the way from L2 to 15 per week. It all depends upon the person’s workmanship. It is very natural that one who is quick and fast in working earns more than one who is slow, If you could furnish us with good fair references, we will send you enough work to keep yon going for two weeks instead of one, and this way you will lose no time. We have enough work to keep many people at work until the Dunedin Exhibition opens in November next. We send you the articles that we want you to work on, and also the material to do the work with, free of charge, but in order to be secured and to know that you will work we ask you to forward to us 8s as a.security and guarantee for the articles' and material, etc,, and when we see you are at work and have sent your articles back all finished to us, then we pull return with your wages the 8s again. Tne reason we ask this amount of money is to secure ourselves, for the articles and materials cost money ; and now, if you want to make money, let us hear from you. Don’t delay, for our list will soon be full, and when we once have enough people we will not change, but keep everybody right on till the Exhibition opens up, Don’t be afraid to venture that you cannot do the work. We know that everybody can doit, for we send printed instructions to go by, and anyone that oan read can work with us, as the work is very simple. Hoping to hear from you, 1 remain very truly yours, H, B. Stirling,
No sensible person reading that document could fail to see that the thing was “ too thin,” and it would not unnaturally be imagined that only those possessing more money than brains would have been taken in by its specious promises. But the fact is that not only here but in Christchurch numbers of persons readily took the bait and forwarded their postal orders or notes for Ss, soliciting the hoped-for information that came not. We have not, of course, access to the records of the Money Order Department, but judging by the number of notes and orders that are known to have passed through the office here, “Mr Stirling ” has not been able to find during his short stay among us where the depression is. In too many oases we have reason for thinking that the persons who communicated with him could ill afford to part with the money they sent him, but in a good many others the appearance and position of those who have made representations to us on the subject warrant the opinion that they ought to have known better. We have beard some amusing stories of the attempts made by interested persons to get a glimpse of “Mr Stirling,” and it is vouched that one Irate female, who lives in the country, came
into town the other day, her indignation having gathered intensity by reason of the long trarrtp she had to make on a bitterly cold morning, and, succeeding in making the acquaintance of "Mr Stirling,” treated him to such an uncomfortable quarter of an hour that he was glad to get rid of her by banding her the sum of Bs. Other inquirers were not so fortunate. Some of them have been told that the “ material” is not yet to hand, and others again that Mr Stirling’s list is now full. The number of persons who had hoped to be put in the way of getting an "easy but comfortable living” seems to have been far from inconsiderable, and Mr Stirling has evidently been having a good time of it here. It goes without say* ing that the fact of the Exhibition boom having begun is not unknown to some people in Australia.
WORK FOR THE MILLION!, Issue 7949, 3 July 1889
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