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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —A few days ago a correspondent wroto advising the forgoing of prises to scholars at Christmas time, and, amongst other things, the lyiim up of trade in lollies, tobacco, and oilier things for a week. This sort of thing is all very well in theory, but it would not work out in practice. Shopkeepers at present find trade slack enough without having it further curtailed in the manner suggested by your correspondent.- I suppose the poor* shopkeeper would still have to pay his week’s rent, which in some cases i« ro ihconsiderable amount. In this oonnection, I think some of the landlords would show true patriotism were they to reduce the rents of shops while the wails on. To keep things going under present conditions most tradespeople need an extra week’s business in a month,_ instead of one less. With a reduction in rents many shopkeepers would probably be able to contribute to the patriotic funds who are now unable to do so.—l am, etc., True Patriot. October 23.

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MISTAKEN PATRIOTISM., Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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MISTAKEN PATRIOTISM. Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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