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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—This correspondence about the poor devils of overworked clerks amuses mo. I wonder what sort offices sonic of your correspondents have been in that they should write such stuff. For my part I have little sympathy with those who work at night, because, from my experience, I nave found that the majority of clerks go back either because they neglect their work in the daytime, or beeauso they want to curry favor with their employer. How often have I heard it said : "A must be overworked, as he is always back at night"; or " W iH a good man ; is at the office day and night," and so on. The truth is that men like A and vV are mostly humbugs, and eould get.through their work well enough in the daytime if they chose ; but then, perhaps, they would not be thought so much of.

I have come across more than one in my time who, to truckle to the chief, would find his way back to tho office night after night, the consequence being that after a time it would be looked upon as an understood thing that he should go back, and he would accordingly dawdle away his time in the day bo as to leave some work for night. Why, it might be asked, would a man prefer going back to the office two or three nights a week to getting done at five or six, and spending his evenings more pleasantly ? Why indeed ? I don't know why, but Ido know that it is done.

I cannot imagine any employer insisting upon his clerks working at night unless it be some special occasion. No ; I think you will find that in the great majority of cases the clerks go back of their own accord. It may be that in some instances the work is really too much to get through between nine and five, in which cases, of course, the clerks must overtake it at night or leave it undone. But for one case of real necessity thero are probably half a doz;n otherwise. If clerks will dawdle away some of their time in the hours when they should be working, their chief is perfectly justified in having them back in the evening, as office work must be kept up if a business is to flourish. Instead of forming an association, let the clerks " graft" a little more between nino and five, and they will soon find no necessity for night work,—l am, etc, Day Clekk. Christchurcb, July 22.

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CLERKS' HOURS., Issue 7970, 27 July 1889

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CLERKS' HOURS. Issue 7970, 27 July 1889

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