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A meeting of shopkeepers was held m the Arcade Chambers yesterday afternoon. Fourteen business men attended, and J. M. Cambridge Avas called to the chair. The Chairman said he had been asked i by the Early Closing Association to wait upon the traders m Ashburton, m conjunction with Rev E. A. Scott and Mr R. W. Jenkins. The ultimatium from West street was Saturday afternoon for the half holiday, or nothing. The programme i of the Chmtchurch Early Closing Society was one o'clock on Saturday and no late night at all. After some desultory conversation, • \ Mr H. H, Stephens suggested the ]

closing of all places of business at three } o'clock, as a compromise. He did not think anyone came m to do buainesß after three. The Chairman said he had the signatures of twelve business men who were willing to close their houses on Wednesday at one o'clock, if the thing were general; Mr Baker suggested that each Jine of trade should make its 'own arrangements for closing. Mr H. Zander suggested a Wednesday per month as a half-holiday. Mr R. Alcorn would rather have one whole day m the month. Mr S. Alcorn said that when it became known m the country, that the halfholiday was established, people would not come m. Mr R. Alcorn thought the whole thing was premature m Ashburton. It would be better to wait until Christchurch had settled the question before a young town like Ashburton moved m the matter. Mr H. Zander, to bring to a close an irregular discussion, moved : —"That the first Wednesday m each month be a holiday from one o'clock m the afternoon, and that business places close every Saturday night at eight o'clock." He regretted that the West street merchants did not fall m with the half-holiday on Wednesday, but he moved this motion for'those present, independently of the West street people. Mr R. Alcorn seconded the motion rtro forma. He would rather see a whole holiday than a half one. Mr S. Alcora would move as an amendment, " That there be a half-holiday from three o'clock every Wednesday, and that the closing hour on Saturdays be nine o'clock." Mr H. H. Stephens - seconded this, believing that the holiday once a month would not work well, as customers would be sure to forget all about the holiday ; but if three o'clock closing became permanent, people would soon get to know that the shops closed on Wednesdays at three, and all shopping would be done before that time. Mr Orr—Does this vote carry anything with it ? Does it mean closing ? Mr Zander—Certainly not. Mr H. M. Jones desired to know if there was to be any opening at six o'clock again, after closing at three m the afternoon? , It was mentioned that one tobacconist at least, would open again m the evening. Mr S. Alcorn said there had always been elsewhere an exception made m the cases of tobacconists and fruiterers. The Chairman put the amendment, which was carried by 9 to 4. Mr H. Zander said he would not close m any case unless the West street stores closed. The meeting then broke up.

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HALF-HOLIDAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890, Incorrect date

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