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Tho Returned Soldiers' Association organising secretary, Mr Curtayne, strongly criticises the Wellington master drapers' decision to open on Anzac Day; as they favour Sunday as : the* more appropriate memo-rial day. Mr Curtayne -remarks that it is hardly fair to accuse ""business as usual;' advocates of having a short memory.- The reason said to have been given for the resolution wa.s that if a full- holiday were observed it was likely to degenerate into a day of amusement and recreation rather than for the real purpose of tHie day. On the same principle as the drapers-' resolution the nearest Sunday could bo able to take over the Good Friday. The master drapers' resolution was based on an assumption, but Surely such an assumption, on the part of any group of the public should riot be allowed to affect a principle of the Crown.' Mayors and. other responsible public men 'have stated their belief that on Anzac Day, which was New Zealand's great 'war memorial day, tho ordinary business of moneymaking should stop as far as the needs and -convenience of the public would permit. In the face of that declaration it was very surprising to road the resolution passed. Work on <&c waterfront continues on Friday, though returned soldiers will get leave to attend the .celebrations. The bulk of fclie retailers are closing.

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SOLDIERS' CRITICISM., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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SOLDIERS' CRITICISM. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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