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OROCEiS' ASSOCIATION | GROGERS' ASS_ Tlm 1 EARLIER CLOSING OF SHOPS ADVOCATED At Tuesday's meeting of the Swansea Grocer's Association, Mr. Richards (Cwm- bwria) raisfcd the question of shortening the hours of week-end trading. The grocers, he said, could do with an extra hour's rest, and it would alio save gas. Surely if the Hairdressers' Association could do it they could. Mr. Wm. Lewis, J.P., (Morriston), said Morriston was setting Swansea a good â¢ex^uple in this respect. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays they closed at half-past six. on Fridays at nine, and Saturdays ten. Mr. Richards said the members would be surprised how dead business was in his district utter nine o'clock. Surely, are we not tired by that time?" he asked. The closing of public-houses at nine has been th-o greatest blessing we have had." A r. Mr. Wm. Jamas remarked it was a pity some traders could not see that, in their ov. 11 interest's, they should close at 10 I o'clock or 10.30. There were fruit snops and chip shops open until 12 o'clockâ totally unnecessary hours. He thought such habits on the part of traders were disgraceful, indl,"maiiy of the people who kept open till these late hours were officers of churchos and chapels. He taught it was time the Association approached the ministers and clcrgy to make appeals from the pulpit to remedy this state of affairs. Mr. Webster (St. Thomas) sqid some of the shopkeepers in hi" district kept open all hours and never seemed to go to bed. He knew one shop, which opened at 4.30 every morning and never closed until 12 o'clock. (" Shame.") At this shop they sold everything from a needle to an ele- phant. (Laughter.) The Chairman: The working classes aro always agitating for shorter hours, but they won't give them to us. We should appeal to the trades unions and working- men to support us in thw matter. Mr Webster: Until we get a Compulsory Act it is no good talking about early clos- ing. They never take any proceedings against these shopkeepers, and they are open every Thursday afternoon. It was stated that Inspector Bingham was taking the matter of early closing in hand by a. new register of the borough. The matter then dropped. Mr. II. S. L. Cook, hon.» secretary of the fund in connection with the Swansea Chamber of Commerce for providing neoaesaries and coinfarts for wounded sol- diers, wrote appealing for subscriptions, and several promisee were made. Mr. Thiekey, divisional -goods trafficj manager for the G.W.H. Co., wrote sug- gesting that a bureau be opened by which f -a 1)c, <)p(--n- d bv w l i i ejl, empty packages mig-ht I)-. disposed of locally in order to facilitate other traffic on the railways. The secretary (Mr. n. F. Hood) reported that the sngg-eetion Wb6 not favourably c-n- tertaiued in Swansea. A bureau would not work at Swansea for the -reason that better^prices could be obtained from manu- facturers tor large ca;5ca, while smaller cases were usually, disposed of. A discussion took place on the price of gas in Swansea, and it was generally held that 3e. 2d. per 1,000 cubic feet was too high. The Secretary reported he had written to other towns to get comparative figures, and these showed that in other places the price of gas was considerably lower. In Cardiff it, was 2s. 9d., in Newport 3, in London 2s. Sd., 2s, lOd. and 3s. (three separate companies), and in Birmingham as. 3d., and, by taking larger quantities, down to 15. 6d. The Chairman said a reduction locally would be welcomed. It was agreed to urge upon other trade associations to combine with the grocers and appoint a deputation to the GJV? Co The Secretary reported that Mr. A. P. P'i?ham? F?erro?ary of thO fund for pro- viding Christmas parcels for ar-oldier^' de- ¡mDdÃn, had written a?kiDg him to r, ql--t the members of the Association to recognise the vouchers when they .were ¡ presented at their shops. He had done this, and the mem b ers had complied. )

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