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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,- Now that the booksellers, stationers, tailors, bootmakers, and fancy goods people have decided and have commenced to close their establishments at 6 p.m. every day except Saturdays, let us hope the matter will not end here, and that it will be taken up by all those employed after that hour. The assistants should strongly advocate their cause, now that the ball has been set rolling, and, with the aid of the Press, they will assuredly attain success. I believe all the drapers and hosiers agree to fall in with the movement with the exception of one hosier in Piinces street, who will not give way, and that those who have feigned the requisition will not close unless this man does—and therefore, through this one man, dozens of employe.! will be brought back and the. object nullified. He puts me in mi'd of the story where eleven jurymen had agreed on a verdict, and the twelfth man held out and said : " You are eleven of the most stubborn men I ever *\\v in all my life." So with this man—he is alone, and will uot g'vo way to the majority. Now, sir, it seems very hard that just through the obstinacy of ono individual dozens will have to suffer. I think out of common respect for mankind lie ought to yield, and thui confer a, blessing upon himself aud all his fellow-creatures, I notice in your issue of last evening that the Rev?. Messrs North aud Waddell spoke from the pulpit, and gave the movement their heartiest sympathy, impressing upm their congregations not to shop after fi p.m. Now, if all the clergy follow up and urge chtir congregations to act up to their principles, I think Mr Braithwaitc's eflbits will come to a very satisfactory issue. There is no need to go into the proa and cons of tint movement, as everyone knows that long and late hours arc injurious to health, and that In a very thoit time inau has to yield. He finds he'is no good to himself and no good to his employer. This, sir, is a great social evil, and should be rooted out while in its infancy. If Euch a state of things is allowed to exist, what will our future be ? What will the offspring be of those who are bo unjustly treated? I appe.l to the doctors, clergy, and public generally to advocate for those poor assistants who dare not speak out for themselves. This is a question that affects every man, woman, and child in the State, and all should take part in it, I will now leave the matter by appealing to the rublic, who have it in their power, not to shop after 6 p.m.—l am, etc., Well-wisher, Dunedin, August 27.

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EARLY CLOSING., Evening Star, Issue 7997, 28 August 1889

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EARLY CLOSING. Evening Star, Issue 7997, 28 August 1889