Fake promissory notes

Bendigo AdvertiserSaturday 8 February 1868
THE GENERAL ELECTION.

Certificates of Indebtedness.—Our (Ballarat Star) . Melbourne correspondent writes : — ” The statement which you quoted from the Age newspaper on Thursday to the effect that the report in circulation that Government had taken steps to enable the civil servants to obtain advances from the bank, was not correct, is, I undertake to assert, not true. A printed document of the character of a promissory note, with no printer’s name attached, has been distributed in some mysterious manner, nobody knows how, or knowing, will say. On this printed document is also an authority ready for signature, authorising the head of the department to hand over the civil servants’ salary to the bank which advances the money on the promissory note at nine per cent, per annum. So sure am I of this, that I know of some half dozen civil servants who have already obtained their advances.

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