NEW BRIGHTON COMPLAINTS,
A CLERGYMAN'S LETTER,
(Per Press Association.)
CHRISTOHURCH, February 25: "The Rev. H. H. Mathias, vicar of New Brighton, writing in the February edition of the "Brighton Church Record," makes reference to the death by drowning on January 27 of William George Morris, of Greymouth, and goes on to say:— . ' "The element of danger is not the only drawback to our surf-bathing. To my' mind there is a worse one; the absence of any sense of modesty, and, I may add in some cases of decency, shown by a small section of the bathers. Surf-bathing in itself is a fine recrea-, tion, healthy for body and mind, and I see no harm in mixed bathing. The young men who batch down here are, as a whole, as well behaved and manly a lot of young fellows as one could meet anywhere, yet a few of those who bathe, both men and women, by their lack of costume and their conduct, I may almost describe it as rooting about in the sand in a sir^e skin-tight garment after they come out of the water, give our beach at times a most objectionable appearance, and a bad name among those who have any regard for the old "ashioned virtue of modesty. The beach at times is quito ar unfit place for our growing boys and girls, and parents would be wise, to keep them away from it. Sun-baths would be unobjectionable if a double garment like the Canadian»costume were worn, and I should liku to give a hint to some of our visitors .too, that there is nothing in the air of New Brighton which makes proper here what would be improper and immodest in Christchurch, so it is desirable both to wear a garment over one's bathing dress in walking down the streets, and to take the trouble to button it. It should not be impossible to pass and to enforce a by-law requiring a sufficient costume. But there is a grayer moral evil, and though it is not a nice matter to speak of, ib is better to face it and ex-; pose it than to pretend to be in ignorance of wliat is going on. Parts of New Brighton have- become the favourite haunts of distinctls' immorai characters; ihey cone here especially for week-ends and'on Sundays. On a recent Sunday evening a party of five young men and women ran • down the beach and bathed together clad only in towels, which they discaided when they reached the water. Now this sort of thing ought not to be acquiesced in by the residents here. Some police officers in plain clothes are needed here at week-ends and our residents should get them sent."
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914
SUN BATHING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914
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