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TO THE EDITOR.

.&!,— "Pro Bono Publico," m reply to nty letter, tries to be funny and put words hi my mouth whioh I did not use. But ewes' if I were selling butter at a loss (wbieh I did not say) how oan he make out that it would be a saving to employ •ttra labor on it i He does not suppose then would be any less butter made if I •int my shop one afternoon m the week #r tbat I would bave any fewer customers. If to, that would be an argument against the movement; but I don't want any, and as soon as yon get the closing general at 6 o'olock, I am with you. In reply to "Londoner," who asks " Why I don't sign, if it is true that I should, like to have the holiday ? " I may *sy beoause your deputation would not promise, what I am told another deputation that waited on others did promise %&., that tbe oloalof hour should ba general at 6 o*e(oek. He wants tbe names of those who suggested we should keep open late. If he will ssk his deputation they can tell felas. Bnt «• Londoner" (like Pro Bono FobHoo) Is not good at calculations, Jf we kept opan two hours later and gave the half-holiday, allowing an hour for tea It would belike '-Paddy's blanket." as far as hoars are eonoernsd. Mr Scott •rgusd at the public meeting that London sent oot good athletes beoause they bad tttt Saturday afternoonto make musde In. "Lendoper" desires to hear witness, and taya the majority of good firm* dose at 10 on Saturday night. I don't wish to cross* famine this self 'constituted witness .norto •xebangs hoars, becaoit £ would gain nothing U 1 happened to find myself among ths majority of good firms. I am glad to hear there is an improvement m Viotoria In the shop honrs ( Bnt they have not got the half -holiday by Aot of Parliament yet. I hope out members will go fa heartily for tbe Early Closing BUI, and have a dense inserted making it com* palsory for all to dose, whether they have a family that can do all the work or not. My suggestion about the domestics does pot seem to be palatable. Oh no t It Is much easier to take a holiday or give It to other people's employees than to yonr maid. If " Pro Bono Pnblioo " does not think tbat speaking at t publio meeting and writing In the publio papers Is agitating he will have to go book to his dlptlonr My as wall as to his arithmetic, and for "Londoner's" benefit I may say I am prsparsd to join him In praotioe. lam, eto., Root. A|iooai*.

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TO THE EDITOR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2131, 22 May 1889

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