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Some of the more extreme and irresponsible unions demand 40 and even 36 hours per week, but they are not taken seriously. Among the unions which favour the five-days' week are some of the better classes of artisans.
The Sydney branch of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers — once a conservative and stately organisation, but which has now given itself over to the ‘‘progressives’’ — has voted solidly for the elimination of Saturday work, and is now considering how it is going to bring about the reform.
Unhygienic milk handling
Charges of a serious nature have been made against a dairy farmer on the Peninsula respecting the condition in which several of his milk cans were recently found by an inspector under the Public Health Department.
Three 10-gallon cans, containing 25 gallons of cream, which had been sent to Dunedin, are said to have been rusty and dented, and the lids are stated to have been encrusted with cow manure inside and out. It is also alleged that there were lumps of cow manure floating about in the cream.
At the same time it is stated that the inspector discovered a 10-gallon buttermilk can, belonging to a local catering firm, so filthy and fly-blown that he had to condemn it as unfit for use.
Soldiers’ tuberculosis a problem
At the meeting of the Returned Soldiers’ Association on Tuesday night, Brigadier-general Richardson expressed the opinion that tubercular trouble among the soldiers was going to give the country a good deal of concern.
He suggested that at the next medical conference the matter should be thoroughly discussed. At present nothing beyond the building of sanitoria was being done.
Certainly the men were receiving treatment; but as soon as they were discharged very many of them broke down again. He reckoned that there were 12,000 returned soldiers suffering from tuberculosis.
Sly grogging during prohibition
The liquor issue is one of the main topics of conversation in America to-day (writes the Los Angeles, California, special correspondent of the New Zealand Herald, under date December 9).
Up to a fortnight ago it looked as if the battle had been decided, but several decisions opened the bars in a few cities. Needless to say, the contraband trade is fairly lively, and one may get liquor if one is known or vouched for.
— ODT, 15.1.1920.
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