March 1, 1897
The weather, always a popular topic of conversation, is rarely an agreeable one at this period of the year. Growling has been inseparable from the mention of it during the past few weeks, but on Saturday the sun shone so brilliantly and the breeze was so refreshing in our city that it was delightful simply to live and to breathe.
The movement for early closing on the concluding afternoon of each week is being again emphasised by the publication of placards urging those who read to cease shopping at four p.m., and many of those who enjoyed freedom throughout this glorious afternoon had thoughts of sympathy for the busy ones employed behind the counter.
(Liverpool Mercury: March 1, 1897)