THE HALF-HOLIDAY QUESTION
r TO THE EDITOR
Sib, — I presume emboldened by 11 Another Oookoy's" unchallenged assertion that the Jew shopkeepers of London olnre their shops at 6 o'olojk on Saturdays whereas it Is the other way abont they ahut dating the day— to their credit be It old, it being ihetr sabbath - and open at 6 o'clock, MrW.J. Murray rashes to the breach made by the Mayor proclaiming to-morrow afternoon a half* holiday In honor of the ohrlstentng of the Bteam Fire Engine, bat like his brethren In arms he trie* to mislead the pabllo They m discussing shop hoars In L radon ased tin term "principal firms." He uses ''shopkeepers" bnt if he looka up his dlotionary aa some of tbe others had to do he will fiad it won't soreenjhlm and that the man who sells a sack of floor (if he has a p!ao » to keep it m) is as much a shopkeeper as thi mw who sells a perm orth of tea, Bnt even if Mr Zander and myself were the oily ones who had not signed fo* a g noral balf-holiday, which is not true, en it is well known there are others who have not signed, still he tries to mislead because he knows 1 have tgreed to o'ose on the same oot - dltlon that some of those who signed did 1.c., that oloil og should be genet al At six 6'olook, depending on the promises of the deputation which 1 fear before seven o'clock on Thursday evanlng they will find to be a very rotten stick indeed. I hope Mr W G. Murray will see the point (I cay so because I noticed on rereading Mr Stevens' amusing letter that be olalmed my first letter on tbe sab j act •s having been written for bis benefi 1 , whereas, I only used him to point ft mora) and show that nobleoeia of soul which can admit that he etred and will try to make amends for the wrong which be his done. — I am eto ,
TO THE XDITOB.
Bib,— Tha "Half-holiday" question teem* to be the qneitlon of tbe d»y, amoDg— whet loan •88— -the bioyollstsonly, and to afford them pleasure they wish storekeepers and others to close. I for one am always willing to give a holiday or b»lf "a day for sports, bat it woald be asking too much to give an afternoon In eaoh week for inch sport ; still were the asked-for half-r.o'ldey a general feeling, and were all others to olobp, I . am sore neither Mr Aloorn no myself woald stand out. But as pointed out to tbe oanvassen, the association should first of all sUrl " Early closing,' and onoe that is accomplished, I thlok they would have no difficulty In 'getting tbe " Wednesday half-holiday." Mr William G. Murrey sski me through your columns to Inform the public wby I pat his Worship the Mayor to tbe trouble of proclaiming to* morrow afternoon a special half-holiday, as all(t) sbopVc opera except Mr Aloorn and myself had tgre^d to oloie on that and the following Wednesday afternoon*. First of all Mr Murray has no authority from the public , unless he has grown so muoh slnoe he reoently jaropd oat of bf« knfckel okere, that b* now represents tbe publlo himte'.f, and if snob be the case, I am cure all the buslness people of Ashburton will feel thankful to your youthful correspondent for the heivy burden hebas taken on his young shoulders. If he requited tbe Information he need not hare troubled yon, Mr Editor, but ooold have got It direct from me | still, I do not wish to shirk from answering It. My reason for troubling his Worship was simply to make the halfholiday gemral, so that the employees of all those who had not previously agreed to dose, oould attend tha Fire Brigade Demonstration. I may also point out here, that a good m&ny members of the Association signed the requisition. Mr Murray states m hla letter that oil shop' keepert exoept Mr Aloora and myself had agreed to close to-morrow and tbe following Wednesday afternoons. Th| •, to •ay the least of H, Is an untruth, and Is written to mislead the publlo, as he knows well enough that many others, wonld not olose, and if the Abco latlon work on the same principles ac Mr William G. Murray, 1 am sure the halfholiday will never come to pass. Ido not often trouble you, Mr Editor, but whl'e writing; I may mentton that his Worship, the Mayor, proolalmed the rso? day afternoons as "Public half holidays," and without enquiring I closed as 1 always do, but on going up East street m the afternoon I found all the other shops open exoept Mr John Orr's. If ttyoh petty | talouiiei exist between tha drapers and others m retpeot to pne single afternoon, I am of opinion that toe " half-holiday " question must prove fatal. Yours eto r , Bjutry Zassbr.
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