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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— l regret that four persons reopened last night. Indeed, one of them hqs deliberately broken the agreement since the first night, though he was the first to sign it; and 1 believe Messrs Lo and Ma Hoon have been unfaithful. This upsets the whole thing. It seems the public want educating. Here is a rich field for clergymen. The above gentlemen say they have lost by early closing. If so it shows the public do not practically support the scheme or, they would make their purchases during the day. Anyhow the matter has not had q fair trial. Whoever opens, I shall close for month. If I sustain a loss I shall open again. I despair of fixing the thing till Parliament passes the Shop Hours Bill, A public meeting should at once be held to form a strong early closing association, and the Tailoresses’ Union might help; its secretary might call the meeting and obtain speakers, etc. Working men particularly buy at night. Strange that those who enjoy the shortest hours should be the most culpable,—l am, etc., Joseph Braithwaite. Dunedin, September 11.

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EARLY CLOSING., Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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EARLY CLOSING. Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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