FOR KING AND EMPIRE.
DIED OF WOUNDS. PRIVATE J. BRIGGS. Private J. Briggs, died of wounds, was the fourth son of Mrs E. Briggs, of Shirley Road, Mairehau. He was born in Briggs's Road, his parents being very old identities of the district. Private Briggs of age, and received his education at the Burwood School. After
I (leaving school he worked for Mr H. iMcßratney, of Quinn's Road. He was very highly respected, and rejceived a popular send-off from the public of Mairehau prior to leaving l with the 15th Reinforcement. He was a member of the Avon Rowing Club. His brother, Edward, left with the 22nd Reinforcement, and his other brother, George, goes into ;,camp in September. PRIVATE A. BEGG. Mrs A. Begg, of Colombo Street, St. Albans, has received word that jher husband, Private Alan Begg, ;aged 27 years, died of wounds on August 14. He was born in -Ashbur- ■\. ,
ton and educated at the Borough School, and at West Christchurch School. He was for some years employed at the Addington Workshops until he enlisted in the 21st Reinforcement. cent, reduction on unimproved value of land and not upori capital value. A much larger concession was being given. Then under the Taxation Bill there would be a proposal to allow four per cent, depreciation on a wooden building, and 2i per cent, on a brick building. There was also a proposal that the income received by a mortgagor would come in for taxation under income tax. He cited a typical case of evasion of land tax now that the mortgage tax was* repealed. He explained it was a perfectly legitimate method, although it might be called smart work. A business company towards the end of the financial year in. creased their overdraft at the bank to such an extent that after deductions on account of their mortgage they r "1 no land tax to pay at all. Mr 1 :sworthy: That's a shark's trick. A farmer would not do it. The Minister: It was submitted to the law otHcers, who declared it was quite legal. No lawyer had been able to suggest a remedy. As a matter of fact a man could mortgage his land without breaking the Act. It was impossible to prevent leakage. Men were advised by skilful lawyers. (Laughter.) Increased Death Duties. It had been urged, Sir Joseph went I on to say, that there should be an j increase on death duties. "Let us i wait," he added, "to see what wc require to do." The Government] were imposing upon the people about j £6,000,000 in land tax, income tax,| and special war tax. There had been nothing like it in this country before. It was an enormous sum for our population. But in addition to providing for all requirements during this financial Year a substantial reserve was be- > ing established for war purposes if required. (Hear, hear.) This was the one thing above all others that ' was going to give this country istrength after the war. New Zealand was the only country that was mak- : ing provision for difficult times after ! the war. It was essential, in his judgment, to prepare and provide for; ; altered conditions. If it were found ' that the reserve fund was not re- ' quired it could be used in reducing J the war loans. (Hear, hear.) It ' was true that thev had taken at least ! £4,000,000 more from taxpayers than ' was required for immediate necessities, but it would be realised that ] this was a prudent step in the circumstances. j
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