DUNEDIN, April 2
A feature of the Influenza Commission's sitting to-day was the pungency of several replies by the Rev. V. GL Bryan-King to questions put to him by members, on the conditions he found in and around the city, and the measures of •. instructions taken in view of the epidemic thus:—r Mr McLaren: Is anything done in the way of instructing the housewives of the city? Witness: There are very few housewives ,in the present generation. As a matter of fact, hygienic instruction might be possible, but the only way to impart it would be to have special films inserted at the picture shows unawares. It would have to be unawares, for if they knew that anything of an instructional nature was to be shown, they would not attend. Mr McLaren: Do you find widespread ignorance, among housewives in the matter of attending to the sick, .©tc.H • ■ ■ . • •;■ Witness: The vast mass of the people are very ignorant on this subject, and as to fresh air, they hate and abhor it. It is a rare thing to see a j window open in certain quarters of Dunedin,. and when a window is open, it is only an inch or two at the outside. These housewives have no idea of nursing or cooking. They leave school at an early age, and go straight into shops or factories. They spend their evenings at the picture shows, or promenading the park or streets. Then they marry, and when a child comes and contracts some ailment, they have no knowledge of how to deal with it.
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MODERN HOUSEWIVES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9576, 3 April 1919
MODERN HOUSEWIVES Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9576, 3 April 1919
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