THE HALF-HOLIDAY MOVEMENT.
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Sir, — Anyone perusing your ably written article m last evening's " Guardian " would, I presume, oome to the oonclusion that the promoters of the scheme, viz., the half-holiday will have a tough job m order to seoure their desired objeot. Well, sir, I am inolined to endorse your opinions, and further, to second your advioe to keep the ball a rolling. But I think the advocates of the movement should be greatly enoouraged by the unanimous decision elicited at Tuesday night's meeting which was so prominently m their favor, although 1 must admit there were opposing arguments advanoed whioh deserve consideration, whilst others were mere moonshine. It will I think be obvious to any reasonable mind that if Inveroargill and Timaru, whioh are seaportß, oan clobo their plaoes of business and enjoy their afternoon, surely Ashburton oan do so without its being detrimental to business. With regard to the objection raised as to hands being employed inside whilst their re* speotive plaoes are olosed, I fail to see m what way this would affect the principle of the movement. For inßtanoe, we will enumerate the following trades for argument's sake : Shoemakers, Carpenters, Tailors, Saddlers, and the like, who oome under the eight hours system, and who might objeot on aooount of ] no ; ng tiioit tali time. Now those men have nothing whatever to do with the management of the shop, or the effecting of sales, so they oould go on just the same with their work m the back premises and still have no intercourse whatever with the outside trade. I would therefore assert that thiß oould not be considered a violation of the fundamental principle. J think, Bir, that some more tangible objections will need to he adduced by the opponents of the movement m Bupport of their contentions before we oan aooept them as sufficient reason to deprive us of the projected half-holiday. 1 am, eto., Let Bight Beat Might;
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