OUR BANKRUPTCY LAWS.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —I beg to draw the attention of the public to the anomalous state of affairs as generally experienced at meetings of creditors. Take a meeting this week ; A law clerk getting L 3 a week regularly—no bad debts mind you—and overtime averaging 8s to 15s a week for the last three and a-half years. He is a young man with a wife and family of two children. Surely he ought to live within his means; but the contrary. What remedy have his creditors? Stop his discharge, say they, until he pays ns 10s in the £. But suppose he never applies for his discharge, what then? He does not want his discharge, being only a c'erk. Now, take another meeting: Last year a debtor (.vith a wife and six children) earned on an average 18s a week—lßs a week to keep body and soul together !—yet a fuss was made because the debtor had, after his filing, received a paltry L2 earned by him as commission, and which sum be swore he had spent in coals and the like necessaries as “ lie could not see his family starving.” I could give instances of many more such like cases, but space forbids.—l am, etc., Observer. Dunedin, August 22.
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OUR BANKRUPTCY LAWS., Evening Star, Issue 7994, 24 August 1889, Supplement
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