— — * — — (From our own CoBRcepoNDBNT,) WeimnotoNi September 9 THK HAIF-HOLIDAT BILL, A deputation of members to-day waited on tho Premier on the subject of the ttmploymmt of Females and Ohera Bill. The deputation consisted of Messrs told wick, Turubull, Walker, Donoan, K. Richard son, and Major Steward. Mr Tarn bull as promoter of the Bill, wae spokesman Be warmly urged on tho Premier the desirableness of such a Bill being pasted, and etated the principle waa m no way new, ob it wes based oa tha English Act. He pointed out the groat inconvenience to uaera of steam power where the half -holiday was changed from Saturday to the middle of the week, as it pecetsitatod shotting off steam and raier g it again t vice m the week, to the serious loss of the employers Mr Feldwiok followed, stating that la his town (Tnvercargill) the half holiday m the middle of the week had been sncoessfolly established, and oarried ont with the greatest good will betweon employers and employe i though there as elsewhere there was inconvenience where steam was need. It had been found thtt it waa impossible to establish Saturday »b a general half-holt-day, us tbo country people insisted on coming into town on that day to transact their business. For the reasons stated by Mr Turn bull It was necessary that the employers of steam power should us hitharfco have their holiday on Saturday, while if those who worked m shops were to get a weakly half-holiday at all It must be on tome other day. All tf>at wbb -•nted WAS to obtain tha power nskod by Mr Tarnball's Bill, and then the movement suooeasfully initiated and m operatlon m Inveroargill, Tlmaro, Oamara, and Ashbarton wonld probably extend toother places. Without such a measure the Borough Oounolls wonld probably nnder pressure have to revert to Saturday, wbloh would mean depriving the shop people at anyrate of their weekly holiday. The other membsraalßO spoke In support of the motion. Sir H»rry Atkinson said m bis opinion the measure w«s one that would lead to considerable debute. He thought great d.ff jrenoes of opinion wonld exist on the sub j 80 1 ; ha inclined to the opinion that the h»!f-bollday should be general and on one day ; while admitting the oogenoy of many of the arguments advanced. He thought that market days other than Saturdays should ba established. Referring to the Premier's expression of opinion that the Bill would be opposed and take too mnob time at this stage of the session. Mr Turnbull skid he could almost guarantee that the Bill would pass almost without dlsouislon, m a few minutes. Further conversation ensued, the Premier ultimately snying he would bring before the cabin be to-morrow the question as to whether the Bill should be adopted as a Government measure and lot Mr Tdmball know. Wellikgtoit, September 10. OFFIUEKS UMfOSII It has been seated that the Minister for Dafepoo provided tho recently promoted rffioors with uniforms obtained from England at a cost to tbe oolony of £900. Mr Fergus has explained the whole olroomstgnoss to me and shown mo that the etory In » 'pure oonsrd.
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