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►to thi bditob. Bib.— So many views, onesided, lobeided and no sided at all, have been imported into the question ot the half holiday movement that it almost appears impossible to Insert another one. let I take it, that the generally liberal and humanitarian standpoint has been almost entirely lost sighi o£ One gentleman said to me, •' HaIT-boliday indeed! What do they want a half-holiday for ? Good graolons me. they don't know what work is out bete; let them work like I used to is London. we commenced work at 7 o'clock and oloeed at 7 every day but Satnrdty. and then we kept at it till 10 and 11 oWk." Naturally I asked him did he want to make slaves of us out here, and what did he leave London for but to make money and have easier times generally. It is almost needless to add that this gentleman keeps open late. Now I most plead guilty to the same thing, and although a good deal of my business It done from 7 till 9 In the evening, 1 should hail with delight the day that we (that is those m my trade) could mutually agree to close at 6 p.m. Why ehoald we have to stay behind our ooumers worryicg all the wool off our pates, and ouroeTres Into the grave before our time, for the sake of adding a few pounds to onr credit at the Bank, and then one of these days go off pop and leave It all be bind. The comforts of onr firesides, the happiness and enjoyments that we should have with onr wivet and children at home of an evening are all lost, md by out own fault I tt&e It because I feel eonvlnosd that the public If ihty requited certain goods of any description, if they oaonot get them after cix p.m. will take good care to get them before that time. J? eeltog this argument to be true, wby do shopkeepers barn gas and go to extra expense and worry for the •ske of encouraglog late shopping t Who ever proposed tbe Saturday naif-holiday I should say Is not a shopkeeper or a friend to the assistants, and I think the idea of the proposal must be to draw a red herring aetoas the trail. If our merchant prlnoea really mean that the few who keep open late are a bar to their acqniesoing to a general half-holiday, why have they not Kept open tbeir shops late ere this so as to be up along side their small neighbors. Mr Bobcrt Aloorn's proposal re servant girls Is not a bad idea at all, yet I fancy most girls who ate at service, take oare to see that they get their eveulogs oft, and jodging from tbe bright faoes of the girls and children we see upon the side walks of an afternoon their lots appear to be very easy and happy—and they have heaps of time to go into the shops and pnronasa their articles of dreis eta Therefore tb« shops have no exouse to keep open on their aooouot. However, I most stop Mr Editor, ot else you will be •eying I amjtoo lengthy if nothing else, to I will oonolnde by aiking the Asbburton employers to sacrifice a little for the sake of tbe assistant, and remember he who . give* heartily . alwajs gets doable m letorn.— l am, etc H. G. Floweb.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2133, 24 May 1889

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2133, 24 May 1889