Imported v. Colonial Boots. Chatting with a representative bootoperator in Wellington, he said that buyers of imported footwear were under the impression shut they were getting English leather soles. He had eoroo from tho English factories a few years ago, and could say authoritatively that English boots aro universally eoled with Ii.S.A. leather. It was red in colour and hard, net a bit superior to colonial leather The superiority of English was <lu'o to tha water it was steeped in, and it could not be produced in nu; thing like suinrdent qun'itities for manufacture. It was only'used in repairs. On the other hand, chrome eides oould not be produced in England to touch the Dominion-made article. Taken all through, the material of the Do-minion-made boot was superior to the English, but tho English-made article was a little better finished. That was due to the high specialisation in the trade, whereby each operation was performed by a different worker. Here the same mam had to do half-a-do7en things to a hoot, and naturally did not b'Worrve as expert as six men all k< pt at the one job. The point, howevor, is that unless New Zealand*rs support tha homo industries, these industries cannot enlarge their staffs and improve their machinery up to the pitch of tho older countries. Wβ :>ll want tc see our home manufactures equal England's at every point, therefore we must support them. After all is said and done, the difference is 60 slight that the sacrifice is not worth talking about, and if we made up our minds to do this for a short time, Dominion industries would have a chance to catch up.
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Maoriland Worker, Maoriland Worker, Volume 5, Issue 176, 17 June 1914
Maoriland Worker Maoriland Worker, Volume 5, Issue 176, 17 June 1914
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