A PLEA FOR CHEERFUL FUNERALS.
In Melbourne, representatives of the various churches expressed the hope that a simplified burial service -Would be introduced by each. It was explained that the ideas'of loss and grief were iriade too prominent. . , . Said Rev. W. G. Taylor: "I have more than once hinted that I sincerely hope that when I am dead everything will be of the brightest and most happy kind." . . , , Brigadier Cain, of the Salvation Army, says that in Army funerals there is an objection to anything gloomy. "White eofflne are generally used. Bands invariably accompany our funerals, and the music chosen is anything but depressing. , ' Now, that is the proper attitude toward funerals in general Here ie a list of funerals which would suggest a spirit of cheerfulness bordering on rejoicing.
Women, reeking with a sickening odour of stale scent, >rho will ride in the tram "smoker," loudly remarking "Pooh! It's a smoker. But it doesn't matter—we haven't far to gol" Why feel 3ad and gloomy at the funerals of such ?
Also the Small boy, who, in public cou veyances, -w'listlee musiu-hall ditties (out of tune at that) —his funeral should be "anything but depressing."
Then there's the beast whom it would be base flattery to call a swine who expectorates on the floors of ferry-boats, etc.. and then spreads the result about with his foot. Sound the loud tocsin rather than a knell at the funeral of such!
The outlaw who spends Sundays and holidays trying to add to the repertoire of his parrot—sounds seldom heard outside a lunatic asylum or boiler-factory. A tin-kettle band should follow him' to his grave; and if it were a double funeral, including the bird, it would add to the hilarity of the occasion.
*«> J-g.. draw, attention to.one. o £ the them up Vβ- they are reported. Two or wire to a battery in the boat, and thus exploded. '
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