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A hindrance to religion

10 October 2014

October 9th, 1914.

SOME years ago two London dailies tried the experiment of bringing out Sunday editions, with the result that the sales of their ordinary weekday issues were seriously affected. Public opinion was then too strongly adverse to the plan. The intense craving for war news has been exploited for the purpose of renewing the experiment. In view of the publication, on Sunday, in all the principal post offices throughout the Kingdom, of the latest war cables, there exists no cogent reason for the Sunday issue of any daily paper, the ordinary Sunday papers, supplemented by the official news, supplying all the requirements of the public. Both for the sake of preserving as far as possible the sanctity of the Lord's Day, and in the interest of the employees, who would otherwise be obliged to work seven days a week, a protest has been addressed to the Times, the Daily Mail, and the Daily Telegraph, but, we understand, the reply in each case was unsatisfactory. The protest, however, was amply justified, for it is felt that when the war is over, and there remains no longer the alleged exigency of the war, the Sunday edition will go on just the same. We are hoping that the war will recall us as a nation to the good ways that we have forsaken, one of which was the due observance of the Lord's Day; and we regard as a serious hindrance to religion the Sunday publication of the weekly journals.

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