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COLONIAL BUSINESS.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —We have received the following letter from our principals. Messrs the British West!nghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, Trafford Park, Manchester, which we think speaks for itself : We have sent you a cable regarding the possibility of getting some of the orders that will be cancelled from the books of the Continental manufacturers. Similar cables have been addressed to all the agents abroad, and every effort should be made to get the orders transferred here rather than have them go to America. It is all important that these works and others should be kept from closing, as the consequent distress will be appalling, and aid rendered to the Uld Country to reduce unemployment will be just as valuable as assistance in the shape of men and material for war purposes. We have suggested that it would be well to give the widest possible circulation to this sentiment, 'and that it should bo communicated to all the municipalities and public bodies in your territory. We trust you will do all that you can to assist us in this matter. At the present time we have plenty of work, but there will be a shortage very soon unless there are new orders. We have made arrangements whereby all the men and the staff that wc employ will be retained. Wc are not dismissing any of the men, but to enable u» to retain them permanently we must have more orders as soon at> possible. With this end in view we arc not increasing any of the prices pn standard material up" to 10(1 k.w. On larger material we will, of course, have to buy the raw material, and while we will endeavor to make the increase in price consequent on the increase of raw material as low as possible, we cannot at the moment contract to take large orders without some increase in price. You can rest assured, however, that lany inlerease will be merely to cover the increase in cost to us, and that we will not take advantage of the present time to make increased profits. It is far more important to us that we should be able to keep the men employed than that we make more ' money. We need your help, and at the tin's time feel confident that the appeal we make to you to support us by every means in your power will not be in vain. There is less glory in supporting the Old Country in this way than in contributing war material and men, but it is equally efficient, and if this is generally known throughout New Zealand we are certain that there will bo a good response, and that the orders that might go to America will in many cases be diverted to England. —We are, etc., Tuunbuli. and Jones, Ltd. October 21.

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COLONIAL BUSINESS., Evening Star, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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COLONIAL BUSINESS. Evening Star, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914

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