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CHRIST CHURCH BAZAAR-

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STNDAV IIKII ON BOARD -The question of Mr S. Smith, M.P. in the House of Commons is one of much importance to shipowners, their officers and crews, who suffer from a practice of recent origin in some foreign and colonial ports, of shipping of hundreds of tons hunker coals and transhipping cargoes unnecessarily oil Sunday. Mr S. Smith referred to the part which Mail Steamers took in originating and encouraging this unloading and loading Oil Sundays, which stops all Divine of worship for the crews of cargo vessels, for the precedent set by the Mail ships is tooapt to he followed for private gain by the owners of many cargo boats. The consul at Lisbon describes in a recent blue book on "Sunday working of cargoes in foreign ports," how the granting of "packet privileges of this sort to mail ships on the Tagua has grown into an entire setting aside of the Portuguese laws against such practices. The fre- (lucnt arrival of Mail steamers in Hong Kong Harbour on the day of rest was recently used as a strong argument a gainst the passing of the Sunday working ordinance in that Colony and the same ill-timed management of the Post Office at Singapore is even now quoted in the Blue Book on this subject for the Colonies, against any restric. tions on this perinoious practice in that harbour. At. Malta thousands of tons of coal are commonly taken on board steamers on Sundavs, the mail ships being the leaders of this unnecessary labour. From Brindisi and Marseilles similar complaints are received, as well as from the Cape of Good Hope, Sierra Leone, Brisbane, &c. But the Post. master General says these calls arc rare, so that the ill-reputation the Mail steamers have long had amongst sailors for robbing them of their day of rest would appear to I)e undeserved. The Post- master General might easily clear the reputation of the Post Office by preparing a return to Parlia- ment of the names of the foreign and Colonial ports at which Mail steamers called or remained last year on Sundays, so as t" give occasion for the working of bunkercoals or cargo, and the dates on which such Sit inlay work was necessitated durintr the year. A plea of public, advantage may be put in for the Mail steamers in this matter: but no such excuse can be made for other shipowners who stop all Divine Worship in their ships and bring their own religious consistency into question amongst their officers and crews by working thousands of tons of coals and cargoes unnecessarily on tho Lord s Day. niereiy tor private gain in a foreign or colonial V 's of this kind do much to account ,J y â¢: lunate and lamentable lack of sympathy, fell, -fe(t: and kindliness which so often ohta' i employers and employed in the BriLish Me, ..ie Marine.

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