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Siu,—l hear that our great South Seas Exhibition is soon to be opened, and people (both public and private) who have been lucky enough to have a few pounds by them are freely spending it in getting their houses painted and made ready for the grand occasion. If we are not disappointed in our expectations, we may look for many visitors to our pretty City ; and I am sure all will wish them to take away a good report of all they see. What are they to think of the outside appearance of our worthy postmen ? One suit of clothes is not enough to keep those poor men comfortable for twelve months together, and no provision is made for change of weather. I often wonder how the higher and well-paid Government officials would like to travel up and down our steep and trying hills through winter’s cold and summer’s heat clad in the same garments, with never a change for twelve long months. It is worse than enmity to animals. In Victoria the postmen have a winter and a summer ontfit, and may ho seen at a considerable distance, with their scarlet tonics glistening in the, jun. The little telegraph boys are .similarly dressed, and look bright and pretty on the streets, I could not help contrasting them with our own poor, shabby men—especially last New Year, which was very wet. I used to meet them in their threadbare clothes, soaked through and through, two and three times a day. If Government undertake to dress these men, they should dress them well and properly,“or not at all. Their work is much harder than it used to be, owing to the parcel post, and there is now a much greater strain on their clothes ; and lam sure you will bear me out in saying they ought to have a summer outfit—it is absolutely necessary for health and cleanliness. I believe they wore their last outfit one year and eight months. Surely this is too bad. I, for one, hope soon to see a change,—l am, etc., R.L.E, Dunedin, November 5.

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A WORD FOR THE POSTMEN., Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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A WORD FOR THE POSTMEN. Issue 8056, 5 November 1889

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