TOTALISATOR INVESTMENTS AND THE WAR.
IO THR EDITOR. Dr» I Fleep, do I dream. Do I wonder and doubt? Are things what they eecm. Or ir visions about ? Sir, —Theta lines came to mind as T picked np my paper on .Monday to read the -war news, and there, check by jowl, was an account of the Christchurch races, with the interesting information that £44,549 had been invested on the first day of the meeting, as .against £42.497 for the same day the previous year. Fancy totalisator receipts rising during war time! It. seems almost impossible, but the fact remains; and Auckland showed £32,746 as against £27,387, and the Trots yesterday at Christchurch put through £42.869.' as against £42,538. If the people of New Zealand have money to burn like this, then I think the Prime Minister should impose a tax of 16 per cent, on all totalisator investment* to establish a pension fund for those who are tight ini: to uphold the honor rind safety of Great I’.ritain and her colonies whilst theee or hers stay at home and play. In this way a fund could be established which in one year uould probably quadruple all the subscriptions made to patriotic funds in Xew Zealand, and nobody v.odd feel it and nobody would object, or, if they did, what matter? Let them. To my mind this is a simple and expedient. way of raising funds, which will he rorely reeded in the futpic, and lire iin;o.'ilion of this will lessen by so much tie; war tax. whirh will have to be levied later on.—l am, etc., Dividkxd. INovembci 11.
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TOTALISATOR INVESTMENTS AND THE WAR., Evening Star, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914