The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 1889. THE WEEKLY HALF-HOLIDAY
The Committee of gentlemen interested m the hall-holiday movement who during the past lew weeks have been canvassing the business men ot Ashburton with a view ox securing the closing of ail plaoeß of business on Wednesday afternoon, have on the whole met with a very large measure oi success, the great majority of the employers having willingly consented to the proposal. There are a lew, however, who are inolined to stand out unless there is coupled with the agreement to olose on Wednesday afternoons an undertaking to olose at 6 o'clook p.m. on every other day except Saturday. No doubt this early closing on ibur days of the week woaid be a great boon and we should gladly see it brought into operation, out U ltbe not found practicable just at present, we altogether fail to see wliy that circumstance should be allowed to prevent the realisation ot tue Wednesday haU-huii day. As to the latter, that whicu is practicable at inyercargili and liuaaru ib surely practicable here, 1 and at least it deserves a trial, .'ihis, • indeed, we are glad to hear, it is likely to have, for we are informed that it is the general intention to olose on Wednesday afternoon next|-whioh is the time seieewdifor the Fire brigade demoQetration. ' Let as hope that, having begun so good a praotice, it will be followed; up on succeeding Wednesdays, and that.4ue weekly k haliholiday'will become an established institution in' Aehburton. if this be the case, and oae'or two. persons stand out, then we Jiope that it will not be for long, and that they will gpon grow tired of being an excejptipA to the general rule. If both thing's— early^closing and halfholiday—can be<*ccomplished, so much the better, bat if we can only have one good thing at a time let us at least have that one first, and then work earnestly to achieve" the other also.