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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—Mr Lo Keong denies being " unfaithful to his promise to close at 6.30 p.m." Now either he or Mr Pauli is in fault. In a letter to me on August 29, the latter gentleman says Lo Keong closed at 6.50 p.m. on August 28 (tho third night) and at 7.5 p.m. the following night. I think I said in the letter 1 sent you that Messrs Davey, Pauli, and Escott had opened. Anyhow, I said so in the 'Times.' I now hear that Messrs Bressey, MaceJo, and Mitchell have opened. Just what I have always said. First one opens, then another, till all open. Really some people are satisfied with nothing less than an illegitimate share of public custom after others close. They cannot compete fairly and squarely for a certain number of hours, but keep open day and night till bedtime. A life like this is the most abject form of slavery. When all close no one is injured. The present movement has had anything but a fair trial. I expected a small loss at first till the public got accustomed to the change, The Early Closing Association just formed has my heartiest sympathy. I might say, however, in a friendly way, that your contemporary's report of their proceedings suggests the idea that pressure is to be brought on employers of labor only. What of those whose family run the business or who run it themselves ? Are they to be left open ? If so, the thing will be an absolute failure. I may say that I am in favor of a half-holiday —say every Wednesday afternoon.—l ami etc., Joseph Braithwaits. ' Duriedin, September \§,

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EARLY CLOSING., Evening Star, Issue 8016, 19 September 1889

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EARLY CLOSING. Evening Star, Issue 8016, 19 September 1889