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THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT AND…

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DISCONTENT. Unwilling Idler" writes to The Times :— I get £ 768 a year from Government for doing nothing. In three years more I shall get £98,( a year for doing the same; and after being twelve years at that I shall have earned a pension of £1,1:?1 a year. Now, if I were in any private company's employ, they would probably be very glad if I would take £ 500 r, a year and give up all claim against them (always sup- posing that they could not get rid of me at once, which my present master cannot). Now, I shall be very glad to give up all claims against the Government, and take £ 500 a year, with leave to live where I please and not only I but hun- dreds of others will do the same if we can only got the chance. I am a major in the Bengal Staff Corps. Govern- ment have nothing against me indeed, I may say without vanity that I am known to be a good officer, have seen a great deal of service, was all through the Mutiny, severely wounded before Delhi, &c., but Government cannot find employment for me now, and I do what is called general duty. It is not generally known at home what this is, so I will give my experi- ence of it. During the last cold season (the drill, the busy- time), in five months I came on duty twice for a week each time, in which week I went round the station guards twice by day and twice by night, and reported having done so. I was once president of a Board on 117 new blankets, and once a member of another on some trifling article. I forget what, and this was the whole of my duty for five months. In the hot weather, of course, I go to the Hills as much as I can. This is not my fault. I have applied again and again for an appointment. I may when I go back get an offidating one, for a few months, which as I should have to provide myself with new and different uniform < would not be worth my while to take, but of a per- manent appointment, having no particular interest with anybody, I have almost no chance. Hundreds of us are in the same position, which we i cannot quit, the intermediate pensions being so small, < until we come to the Colonel's allowance, £1,124 a year, < that we cannot live on them. They were calculated in ( the last centuiy, when, perhaps, a man after 20 years ( in India, could live on J6191 a year. We, to a man, < hate India and doing nothing. The saving to Govern- ment by giving us this JE500 a year would be reckoned > by hundreds of thousands of pounds. In my own case 1 it would be £G,ü12, up to the date of my being entitled ( to Colonel's allowances, after which it would be k624 a year. | These are facts, they are undeniable, and it seems I s to me that they only require to be known for action to I r be taken on them. I j

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