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LONDON SHOP MORALS.

BBV. B. J. CAMPBEIUL RAISES A OTOBM OF PROTEST. By the statement that there were many young women In drapers' shops in the West Bud of London who were driven to lead Immoral lives In order to eke out; their scanty aarnlugi, the. Her. B. J. Campbell has raised a storm about Ills ears.

The rev. gentleman was addressing a gathering of shop-assistants when lie made his charges, and the statement secured immediate circulation .In the drapery trade, arousing a storm of protest

The Drapers' Chamber of Trade wrote to M. Campbell complaining ot his "gross mis-statement," and saying that. If he made statements that lie could not substantiate bis conduct was both unmanly and unchristian. But the chamber admitted that speakers sometimes allowed sentiment to get the upper hand of Judgment, which led them to say things which they might afterwards desire to retract.

Therefore, the chamber asked Mr. Campbell for "a: complete withdrawal of the statement complained of." This is Mr. Campbell's reply, which was read at a meetlug of the chamber which was held on Tuesday.— Hill Lodge, Enfleld. Dear Sir,—Neither you nor your council appear to be very good judges as to what is "unmanly and unchristian," seeing that you do not take the pains to Inform yourselves as to the actual abuses Incidental to a system of which you apparently do pot disapprove.

I adhere In toto to the statement to which you object, and have not the slightest Intention of withdrawing it You are qult» well aware of the reason why 1 do not name any particular offender.

Nothing is more difficult than to procure legal evidence of facts of the kind referred to, although their existence is notorious, But I give yon notice that If ever I can secure evidence enough on wblcb to institute a prosecution I shall take the matter Into court myself without waiting for the opinion of your council.—Yours faithfully, R. J. Campbell. J. R. Qullter, Esq. FALSE AND MALICIOUS. Mr. Edwin Jones moved the following resolution dealing with Mr. Campbell's Utter:— That tbls Chamber, by reason pf the refusal of the Rev. B. J. Campbell either to substantiate or withdraw the statement made by him—to the effect that in some West End shops young women are paid such a miserable wage that they are expected, and, Indeed, encouraged, to ekt ft out by questionable methods —hereby re* pudiates such a groundless assertion, which it believes to be founded on false and malicious Information, reflecting, as It does, on so respectable and virtuous a class of young women as is to be found in our West End shops. Mr. Pritchard Jones characterised Mr. Campbell's statements as being without a tittle of foundation. "J have to declart conscientiously," he said, "and I have had thlrty-flve yeais' experience, that there is not a word of truth in his statement."

This and similar declarations were received with loud cheering, and the motion was unanimously approved. It was further decided to take counsel's opinion on Mr. Campbell's letter, and to resume discussion of the matter at the pext meeting.

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LONDON SHOP MORALS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 62, 13 March 1909

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