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EARLY CLOSING.

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EARLY CLOSING. To the Editor of the Free Press. Dear Sir,âThe poor shop assistant is rapidly fall- ing back into that state from which he was but a short time ago rescued. I refer to the hour of closing. It will be remembered by most of your readers that an agreement was made by some shop proprietors to close at 7 o'clock, and for a time this was carried out. By decrees, however, they took a couple of minutes extra, until at the present time it is a common thing to see one or two of the shop doors opan at quarter-past and even nearer half-past seven. The consequence is that the assistant is kept indoors until a later hour. I may say it is not so much the fault of the customer as of the pro- prietor himself. Formerly customers were, as a rule, the cause of late closing, but I am thankful to say that they have long since seen the reasonable- ness of our request to shop early," and thus en- deavour to smooth our lot. Now, sir, the fault is with the proprietors, and further than that I may say it is quite a common thing to see assistants busy at work an hour or more after the shop doors are closed of an evening. Surely this is monstrous. I do not say that it is the case in the shop in which I am employed. Thank goodness, my employer is a little more considerate than that. Still, I would point out that if only one shop shows such an example as this it is bound to have a bad effect on other proprietors, and consequently y; e as assistants will Buffer. I am very much afraid, sir, that white slavery still exists in our midst, and the sooner we get rid of it the better. Yours, &c., LATH WOKKEB.

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