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B ' SIXTEENTH YEAR
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IN AN OBSER VA TION
I HAVE watched with interest the
ppp publicity campaign of Walker's
H store for early Saturday closing and I
H have no doubt that it has attracted
B the sympathetic interest of virtually
H the entire community.
H In no way could the problem have
H been handled more effectively. It was
H advertising of the best kind, because it
Hj added an element nearly always lack-
H'' ing in publicity the element of hu-
H man interest.
H It was a clevei1 idea, however, to in-
H corporate in tlie advertisements the
H telegrams and letters received from
H the big department stores of other cit-
H ies. They were a revelation to Salt
H Lake, which found itself, for once, not
H in the van of progress. In some
H if places even the department stores
H close at 1 o'clock on Saturday, at any
H rate during the summer months. In
B only a few benighted places do the
B n stores keep open until 9 o'clock on
m Saturday night. And yet Salt Lake
m has kept up the old custom as if it
H were something venerable and sacred-
M y imperative like, let us say, wear-
M ing pigtails in China or binding the
M women's feet to keep them small and
H to make the women attached to their
1 homes attached by fetters. But
H even in China times change and men
B change with them, as the apt Latin
H proverb has it.
m Despite the opposition of the other
m stores Walker's established early
M closing several weeks ago. It aban-
H doned the 9 o'clock closing hour and
B announced to its delighted employes
H that the store would open on Satur-
H days at 10:15 a. m. and close at 7 p.
H m. The fifteen minutes leeway Is
H given so that, after 7 p. m., the em-
H ployes can cover the goods and make
H ready for departure.
H I asked Manager Walter Lewis
H what results he had obtained after
H an experience of two weeks and, as I
H expected, he said that the results
H were in every way as satisfactory as
H those obtained in cities which long
B ago abandoned late Saturday closing.
H "Perhaps the first Saturday should
H not be taken as a criterion," he said,
H "but certainly the second Saturday
V should be a true indicator. Our busi-
'M ness showed a substantial increase on
H the first Saturday. On the second
H Saturday although the day was wet
H and cold, there was still an increase.
This made it clear that our experience
would in nowise differ from the ex
perience in other cities, where, al
though the hours were shortened,
business was increased."
Merely conforming to the letter of
the eight-hour law for women, other
stores are splitting their shifts. In
some instances girls work from 10
o'clock until 12, go out to lunch and
to walk the streets or loiter at the
movies .cafes or drinking fountains,
leturn to the store late in the after
noon and work through until 9.
At best this is a bad arrangement
for the employes. It is not really an
eight-hour day at all. Virtually it
keeps the employes on duty, either
working or waiting, from 10 o'clock
in the morning until 9 In the evening.
Moreover, the idle hours downtown
are bound to be more or less demor
alizing. The shifts are split in other
ways, "but every prevailing system is
open to objection except that which
permits the employes to begin work
in mid-forenoon and to cease work at
7. Not that these hours are neces
sarily the best. It is quite conceiv
able that 9:15 to G might work as
well, for these hours are the schedule
on week days, but any system which
splits shifts so that the girls must
spend three or four idle hours be
tween periods of work is highly ob
jectionable. "I was pleased to note the spirit
displayed by our employes," safd Mr.
Lewis. "On the first Saturday they
were naturally enthusiastic and deter
mined to make the best possible
showing, for they had all been hoping
for the early closing system to be es
tablished. But I have observed no
let-down. The employes do better
work because they are interested in
maintaining the system, but especial
ly because they are not weary at any
time during their working period."
Mr. Lewis explained that he had
stationed a representative at the
Main street entrance to interview
the patrons concerning the change in
"The amazing result was that only
one person complained that he would
be inconvenienced," said Mr. Lewis.
"He explained that he worked until
6 o'clock on Saturdays and had been
accustomed to do his shopping
after supper. He finished by saying
that he thought our system was right
and that he would makp a special ef
fort to da his shopping earlier.
"As a matter of fact, comparative
ly few work late on Saturdays. The
old order has been changing rapidly.
The change began back in the times
when the federal government estab
lished its eight-hour day. That day
has become the spirit of the times.
It is recognized as the just and logi
cal working day suited to modern in
dustrial conditions. All of us must
come to It sooner or later."
THCSE who know Baldwin Robert
son, the new assistant district
attorney, will congratulate Governor
Bamberger on the appointment. It is
a selection which will give universal
satisfaction, for the prize falls to a
young attorney who won a lieuten
ancy In the national army and fought
Robertson's forebears were among
the original settlers of Tennessee and
have figured notably In Its history.
Baldwin Robertson attended the
Castle Heights Preparatory School,
Cumberland University and the Le
banon Law School, from which he re
ceived his degree of L. L. B. in 1910.
In 1915 Mr. Robertson came to Salt
Lake as assistant attorney for the
Oregon Short Line and attracted at- I
tention by reason of his character, as
well as his ability. "
When the "United States was drawn
into the European war he entered the
army and went to an officer's train- if
ing camp. He arrived in France in
time to patricipate with his. regiment,
the 362nd, in the hardest fighting of
the conflict that la the Argonne for
est, vhere the soldiers, of America
struck the decisive blawa that achiev
ed the ultimate victory.
He 'Yes; it's very true, a man
doesn't know what happiness Is until
he is married. v
She I'm glad you've found that out
He Yes, and when he is married
it'a too late. San Francisco News
"Next stop is yo' station," said the 1
Pullman porter, "shall I brush yo' off
"No,v safd the passenger, "when
, the train stops I'll step off." Bridge
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