Embraced by many merchants in the city, the Wednesday half-holiday was enshrined in provincial legislation in 1916.
The extension of the retail half-holiday to a full day of closing during the Second World War on the grounds of conservation and patriotism proved the undoing of this compromise.
I further surmised that the two types of town would also show different patterns of Saturday marriage as a reflection of the different times at which the Saturday half-holiday was introduced, either compulsorily or voluntarily, into the chief industries of the towns.
However, so far as weddings were concerned, and at first sight somewhat contrary to the implications of my earlier work, it appears that Saturday -- with its afternoon half-holiday initiated in mid-century -- was not widely substituted for Saint Monday.
Instead, Doyle suggested an obvious compromise: Change the half-holiday
to a floating one for all state workers, allowing them it use it as they please.
A ALLY Sloper was created by Charles Ross and his comic, the Half-Holiday
, first appeared in 1884.
Across his top hat are written the words Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday
Ally Sloper, right, of Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday
(1884) was our first comic strip hero.
I have known boys who were working very hard for very little money to do more for their advancement in their spare time, their half-holidays
, by improving their minds, than by the actual work they did.
And, thanks to trains and trollys, rising incomes, shorter workdays, Saturday half-holidays
and even vacations in privileged trades, the Saturnalian experience could be freed from the rigid schedule of the festival calendar and enjoyed on a weekend, evening, or summer holiday.