Gov. Fuller Vetoes Bill to Permit Sunday Sale on Eve of High Holidays

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Governor Alvan T. Fuller of Massachusetts vetoed a bill to permit the sale of fruits, fish and vegetables on Sunday whenever Rosh Hashonah or the Day of Atonement begins on Monday.

The bill was specifically introduced as a relief to Jewish merchants and purchasers who have suffered as a result of the Sunday laws, particularly on days when a High Holiday falls on a Monday.

The veto by Governor Fuller of this bill came as a surprise to the Jewish community. The Governor declared that such legislations are unnecessary and implies it on the ground that it would be commercializing on Sunday. The Governor, in his veto stated that it is against the best traditions of Massachusetts and its people. “I am satisfied that the Jewish people who have clung so tenaciously to the tenets of their faith will be in sympathy with the desire to retain the observance of Sunday with all its cherished traditions,” he said in his review of the reasons he vetoed the bill which passed both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate. The Governor predicted that men and women of America will be working on a 5 day week.

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