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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —The progress of social reform is again blocked by the selfishness of an individual. The fancy goods men, drapers, hosiers, booksellers, and others have all signed an agreement to close their places of business at six o’clock; but one person refuses to join, and so the efforts that are being made to change the slavish fashion of the times must bo frustrated.

Now, sir, if the pleadings of hundreds of young people who like himself when an are longing for the chance of a walk in the bright sunshine of the coming summer have no effect upon him, let there be at once an Early Closing Association formed, with a minimum subscription of Is per year, one of the rules to be that every member binds himself not to deal with any tradesman who keeps open after six, save on Saturdays. _ If a public meeting were called to express indignation at the stubborness of this selfish shopkeeper and to start an association 1 would be one of five or six to guarantee the expenses, and if this did not bring him to his senses then let the association manfully close their shops, and trust to the sympathy of the public, who I believe will not be slow to recognise generosity, and will give them their rewaid by boycotting this obnoxious individual.—l am, etc., Fair Play, Dunedin, September 2.

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SOCIAL REFORM., Issue 8002, 3 September 1889

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SOCIAL REFORM. Issue 8002, 3 September 1889

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