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THE HALF-HOLIDAY MOVEMENT.

TO THB EDITOR. Fib,— l quite agree with Mr Zindar that the half-holiday is the question of the day. Bat I mast say I cannot understand the elde he has taken op. First he refuses to Altogether close except on Buoh condition ■as he well know! ! Is Im possible for those aanvaestng to give him Then after he sees that the rest of the merohanti — or at anyrate the mtjorlty of them— are going to oloie on the Wednesday afternoon Independent of him, be goes round to thoae merchants with a requisition asking them to olose on the very d*y that they had already determined to close on, making the excuse that he wished them to close on scoonnt of the Fire Brigade Demonstration. If I mistake not, the Fire Brigade Demonstration was fixed for Wednesday afternoon on aooouat of the half-holiday, and purposely to eive It a atart ; bo In that oaae Mr Z tnder Ib in the pecnllar position of workIng for and against the half holiday at the same time.— l am, eto., Aw Obskatbb. TO XHI IDITOB. Sir,-- In reading the letters of Means Zander «nd Aioorn In the •• Guardian" Imai night, I w*a atraok with the f«ot th»t both of them seemed to hate learned the old lawyer's advloa to bis pupil, " when you have not mnoh of a oase to argue, abuse your opposing counsel." Mr Zmder leads off with a list of faota(i) about bioyolists, athletics eto whlob, for a gentleman of his veracity, seems quite Incredible'. He Beams also to hava got mixed up about bioyolists and knlolrerbockerp, doubtlest not knowing that they generally wear that article of attire for convenience. This, however, Is not of much importance. As Secretary of the Oyoling Club, I may say that it has nothing to do with the half-holiday m vement, and as far as my memory noes there are only three members of the Olob o mueoted with It. I think that If Mr Zander really thought that I had no right to pnt- that .qasstloh to him, he woald not have iakan *oy notlaa t>l it. But I maintain that as Secretary to the movement I had at tight. Though not surprited to see a letter from Mr B, Aioorn, I was certainly surprised at some of the aosertions made use of by him, especially that of misleading the public, after my assuring him the day before that what I had said whb in perfeot good faith. I beg to thank that gentleman for his charitable opinion of me, also fo? his advice re dictionary ; but I think that a dictionary however useful, is apt to become oouf using If studied too often. Mr Alcorn eeems to have great faith in his dictionary, Regarding the qnention as to the truth of the statement I nude the other evening, I will leavo that for thoae who care to look over the list of shopkeepers and storekeepers published in this iesue. I am, etc., W. Q. Murray,

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THE HALF-HOLIDAY MOVEMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2143, 5 June 1889

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