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Labour Notes.

DISMISSED ON MARRIAGE. “A.J.S.” sends the following story, of hardship to Mr Money, the writer of notes on “Life and Labour’- in the London News : A friend of mine has been a clerk for eight years in a w T ell-known firm' l in Fenchurch street, performing gen-: eral clerical work (including shorts hand and typewriting) and as no complaint was made against his work I think it is reasonable to sume that it was satisfactorily per-: formed. He was recently granted a week's hofid ay for the purpose of getting married. Imagine the consternation he felt on the fourth day of his honeymoon to receive a letter from the firm, the gist of which was contained in the sentence ; “As yon are now a married man you will not be able to perform your dutiesi at the office,” and saying at the end they would give him a reference should he require one, thus admitting that his work was satisfactory. This discreditable story is sent to me with the names of all the parties concerned, or I should hesitate to publish it. I hope “A.J.S.” will cut this out and send it to the firm., CHRONIC DISEASES.: A somewhat unusual case was heard at Birmingham. William Hunin phreys claimed compensation for a broken rib from the New Hudson Cycle Company, and it was stated that after the defendant had paid compensation for some months they stopped payment suddenly. Dr. Morrison said to-day that the man .was suffering from chronic bronchitis, an enlarged and hard liver, a weak heart, weariness, and shorts ness of breath. All these diseases were chronic and progressive, and wore of several years’ standing. This broken rib had not accelerated the progress of the diseases. Mr Rabnet (for the plaintiff l )’ S Would it improve his condition,; then ? lb “Well, in a way, yes,”- was the unexpected reply. The doctor explain-; ed that the six months-’ rest would probably have a beneficial effect. The Judge gave a verdict for the defendants, LABOUR AND DRINK'. I am much obliged to (writes Mr Money in the London News); for sending me details from the bal-ance-sheet of the Dartford Brewery Co., Ltd. It helps to show whafi ought to be more generally under j stood by working men, that by buys ing drink they pay less- to labour than by perhaps any other form of expenditure. Here are the plain facts as to the Dartford Brewery Co. Paid to Shareholders £72,300 Paid for salaries & wages 10,887 That is how Dartford beer drinkers toast the shareholders’ health. But that ia not all. The £10,887 of salaries and wages is thus made up 1 Managing director’s salary and commission £3,171 Other directors’ fees 2,052 .Other salaries and wages 5,664 Total ... £10,887 From this the Dartford beer 'drink-; erg will see how little is actually paid for labour by this prosperous monopoly.:

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Labour Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 46, 12 January 1907

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Labour Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 46, 12 January 1907

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