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THE ACCIDENT AT THE ROPEWORKS.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —We notice in your issue of last evening a letter referring to the above matter, with the main purport of which wc cordially agree, and wa are at any time prepared to make a substantial subscription to any well-organised association having for its object the relief of those to whom similar misfortunes may happen. But there is one paragraph in the letter to which we take objection. Reference to the boy Murphy’s accident at our works some yesrs ago, and his subsequent career, is made in such a way as to imply a want of sympathy by us, and that he had been left helpleso in the world. The facts are these : Although his accident (as is the present) was the result of careless disregard of instructions, we so far considered it our duty to help him that for over two years we made him a weekly allowance of his previous wages, in order that he might attend school and fit himself for a different sphere, at the end of which period we gave him a small clothes outfit and procured him a situation in a town office, which, for reasons not connected with the loss of his arm, he was unable to retain. We do not think that either this boy or his father will endorse any unfavorable comments on our treatment of him ; if they do, they will be in great contrast to the expressions of satisfaction and gratitude so freely offered in the past. With reference to the present accident, we shall pursue a similar course, and do everything that lies in our power to lessen the difficulties of the boy’s position, without any regard to the fact that wo owe no responsibility other than that imposed on ns by moral considerations. —We are, etc., M. Donaghy and Co, Dunedin, August 7.

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THE ACCIDENT AT THE ROPEWORKS., Issue 7979, 7 August 1889

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THE ACCIDENT AT THE ROPEWORKS. Issue 7979, 7 August 1889

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