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Fitting the Days to a Man I PROPOSALS OF DAYLIGHT SAVING BILL 1, I In view of the early re-assembling of Parlia- ment, it may be of interest to give a resume of ¡ the objects of The Daylight Saving Bill. The Bill proposes to utilize during the Summer months some part of the early morning sunlight, which is now too often wasted while we sleep and add an hour's sunlight at the end of our working day. This is to be accomplished by movinc forward the hands of the clock one hour at 2 a.m. on the third Sunday in April, and putting them back again one hour on the third Sunday in September. This will occasion :No earlier rising than at present because we shall continue to govern our movements by the clock Ko alteration in the Railway Time Tables, excepting those dealing with Continental Traffic, which is a very small proportion on the whole I- and no loss of sleep. The advantage to be gained by the scheme is that we shall have daylight for an hour later every evening during the Summer months than at present. This will be a great gain in May, June, and July. In August and early September it will be still more appreciated by those w ho take their holidays in those months, and who now find their enjoyment curtailed by darkness setting in so soon after tea-time. The effect of the scheme will thus be to fit the days to man instead of fitting man to the days, as at present. We shall fimplv replace one kind of working day containing a cert fin number of hour. of sunlight bv another contain- ing one. hour of sunlight moreâand that hour occurring in the only period now available to most people for leisure or recreation. The diagram illustrates how this will operate AS AT P RESENT. Each diagram represents 24 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. The white spaces represent i-lit, the dark spaces darkness. The period of each year chosen ior Illustration is the middle of June. l'he case of a F'rson rising at 6 a.m., working from 6.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and going to bed at 10 p.m., is used as an example. The first diagram shows that after tne day's work, the man having 5 hours of leisure at his disposal finds himself with 3 hours of sunlight and 2 hours darkness. During his 8 hours sleep he has 5 hours darkness, and 3 hours liglt-wiiieli light is not only wasted to liim. but is sometimes an annoyance. Under the Bill, according to the second diagram, a man will have 4 hours of his leisure (instead of 3) in sunlight, and in addition will have the advantage of an extra hour's darkness during his sleeping time. The gain of one hour's sunlight each evening amounts to seven hours a week, and practically yields the same advantages as would a half-holiday each week. For the whole period in each year covered by the Bill, the gain will amount to 154 hours. SAVIN U XU NATION. The cost oi lighting WIU be reduced, as it will not be necessary to light up for one hour later than at present. The total money saving to I the nation will be not less than X2,500,060 a year. The whole cost of the scheme is only I the moving forward and backward of the hands of the clock by everyone in April and September. The enjoyment of life will be incrcaseù and the health of the people will be improved. This should appeal particularly to the working man and woman who has but little leisure time at his or her disposal. Are not these advantages worth having ? This question has now to be answered by the people of Great Britain and Ireland. It is believed that already a majority of the electors amounting to two or three to one are in favour of the Bill-consequently Great Britain and Ireland should have the honour of being first to adopt this great reform, but unless something is done soon, the oppor- tunity will be missed and the honour will go to ¡ one "of the Colonies or America. Already one of tile, c, Daylight Bills have been considered by the I Parliaments of Canada, Victoria (Australia) and New Zealand, and in each case a Select Com- mittee has been appointed, has received evidence and has reported strongly m favour of the Bill. A similar Bill has also passed through the Upper House of Newfoundland, and is now being considered by a Select Committee appointed by the Lower House. The reader should interest his friends in the scheme and write to his Member of Parliament asking him to vote for the Bill when it is next before Parliament. Further information and literature regarding the proposals can be obtaiued from Mr. Wm. Willett, Sloane-squaro, London, S.W. ) I

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