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PITY THE POOR SAILOR.

TO THE EDITOR. -Sir, —In your issue of this evening is a letter under the above heading eigneu "Ex-Shellback" regarding the actions oi Hon. F. M. B. Fisher, Minister of Marine, in the so-called Reform Government at present in power in New Zealand. At one time, during the day 3of our late T. E. Taylor, did not Mr Fisher hold forth as a friend of the working classes? And yet we now find him not only in the position of a Cabinet Minister elf the most anti-reform and anti-workem' party that has ever occupied our Treasury benches; but although a professing friend of the working classes, he has clearly shown his true colors by putting through legislation to save himself from the workers. He has, however, apparently overlooked the fact that by putting the seamen's votes in Dunedin into Dunedin Central—the local electorate in which the Custom-house is situated—he has concentrated the local seamen's votes against one of the strongest supporters of his party, in the person of Mr C. E. Statham. If that is the correct position, we must congratulate Mr Fisher on protecting himself at the expense of Mr Statham. However, the working classes of Dunedin Central will be very pleased to receive the assistance of the local seamen against the candidate who will oppose their interests by representing the Massey party in that electorate at the coming election. On behalf of the working fanners and working classes generally in the electorate in —c; reside, uasdre to enter r protest against Mr Fisher's action in c centrating the seamen's votes, and t_. depriving (Jhalmers of probably a fail. large number of seamen's votes. Fro; a Massey Government, however, we can not expect any other treatment, and tht workers, knowing thb, the Massey party will this year meet their Waterloo. —I am, I etc., George S. Thomson.

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PITY THE POOR SAILOR., Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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PITY THE POOR SAILOR. Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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