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A former resident of Southland, writing to a friend in Invercargill, encloses the following clipping from the River Plate Review :

While on the subject of immigrants we would once more refer to that phase of the question to which we have made so many allusions during the past 15 years, viz., that Argentina is no place for the unskilled British labourers, the commercial clerk, etc. The warning has been repeated times without number, and particularly so since the Boer war dung South Africa into chaos, and

deluged us with a class of people anxious to try their luck in a new country and shake off the dust ox South Africa for over, but -who, no matter how good and honourable their intentions', are totally unsuited for this country. We have made strong efl’oi’ts to stop this unfortunate stream, and we ai’e pleased to say with many signs of success. But there are still a large multitude of people whom it is impossible to reach -except by almost daily repetition in the popular press of Great Britain find South Africa of the warning given aboveTo recount the number of sad cass that have come under our personal notice would be a big task, and it must be left undone. Let it suffice to request the foreign journals with which the Review has the pleasure of exchanging copies, to repeat what we have here written, and to add, in big type, that the language of Aigentina is SPANISH. Our numerous readers might also do good by getting their local paper to issue a s,milar warning. In forwarding the above letter the ex-Southlander remarks :—"lt is simply terribfe to see the number of young Englishmen starving in the street's of Buenos Ayres so to speak. The S.A. does a lot, but cannot half cope with it. We have now a young Englishman (a I’ax’mer’s son at home), and have just given him work out of charity. He has to take bis meal and live altogether with the men. I feel so sorry for him. If he could only speak the language he would be of good use. In lime lie may be of help, but at present he is of more bother than anything else. We put him with the men, thinking that in this way he would learn the language quicker. Last week the Standard said that they also had a number of young Englishmen almost starving, and beg’ging them to get them anything to do. Every boat now from New Zealand brings over a lot of young- fellows of this' class.

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Argentina., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 9 February 1907

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Argentina. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 9 February 1907

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