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THE NEW TARIFF.

(To lilt 1 Editor). Sir. — It in most refreshing to realise that at last the down-trodden rich will have a little case front theii taxation,, cruel and unjust as it is. One notices with thankfulness that tin; duty is removed from motor cars, it is nothing' short of scandalous to think that when a man has scraped enough to spend £BOO on a motor car that he should he mulcted in 120 or 25 per cent. duty. Mo wonder that motor cars have been put on the free list ! Then, again, there are silks. The poor people who have been suffering ‘from an overplus of riches which they have been compelled to spend in silks and so lorth, in the past have paid 25 per cent, duty but now these are reduced to 2U per cent ~, which must indeed be a-matter of gratification to them, then there is that fearful tax on the sheep, Fveryone 'knows the impoverished eandition of the- wool industry, largely due to the low prices prevailing b>r wool. In the face of this a heavy tax was levied on the poor sheepmasters. .Mow pleasant it is to I-it ink that this will now be lilted., and that an opportunity will lie given to them when the wool rises a little in price So make a few pounds. There is. naturally, the other side of the question to consider, jhal ol the .Free .Breakfast Table. Jt is most delightful to contemplate the large reductions that 'have been made in tills direction, in the past the public were always assum'd ii they could not get Ceylon tea in 11b or Kilo/., p'.iekets they could always b> certain of getting it in 5 U> boxes direct from Ceylon. This lias now been done away with, and the 5 lb 'boxes will jXty in future 2d per lb, so as to help a Free .Breakfast Table, it will materially assist tea blenders, who, in season, and out of season, continually- pester the Covernment for one. thing and another —’duties on this and duties off that, prohibitions for this and injunctions against that, little petitions which generally lind their source of origin in Wellington, and filter np and down the colony, finally being returned as dead weights to be attached to the string by which political lexers are moved and the request granted. it is a remarkable firing that the tea trade should lie able to exercise So strong an influence over the (1 overnment. hut we presume they must be complimented ■upon the manner in which they make petitions serve their purposes. Then there is the question of boots. Of course, before a person can approach the "Free" Breakfast Table he must put on his “free" bonis, ■which, in this ease, will cost him Is (id more than ever before. He will also tind that in order to get his ■‘Free" Breakfast he will have to light his free candles, which cost him td a pound more than belore : but he will have this consoling thought, that the sugar pays nothing to the Covernment. while there is Id per pound off the washing blue. No doubt there is something in the Tariff to be thankful for. if one could only see it. There are, for instance, the hosiery- trade and the woollen industry, which for years have been struggling to get a, footing, and to hold their own against the prevailing high price of wool—an industry maintaining, T suppose, thousands of hands in the colony, handicapped on every point by huge importations of shoddy and swealed-made garments ; but no relief has been, given to these people. Unfortunately the manufacturers have something to learn from the tea trade and the hoot industry ; but anyhow, there is always the Id off blue, and that is something to be thankful for.—f am, etc. T MUFF (Ibl'OR.M. July 19th.

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THE NEW TARIFF., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 16, 3 August 1907

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THE NEW TARIFF. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 16, 3 August 1907

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