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NEWS, VIEWS, AND OPINIONS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909
NEWS, VIEWS, AND OPINIONS.
•i TT»rvard professor, by the name of *sf&£ense of -Oman. He has *f% i and wwnen student., and comSβ capacity of either sex to appre'the flight of time. The result ot Sfinw Ration is summarised in the "in woman the time sense • Te I feebly developed." This impor--18 f& we way expect to find IWg lLlVbits of tic gentler sex. \\ hen f r\Ssai change her blouse and put i -hat on the strict understanding 011 only be five minutes, come. ■ downstairs three-quarters of taLiter. ready to go out, and burns t iO l parlour with her face lit up I "%, the proud joy of having broken th c " Iri don't accuse her of not being able "weistand that sh* is forty minutes J*S: is not wilfully deceiving you TV'ifce declares, "Gracious mc, 1 I SrSfh Greenwich. Similarly, when fouhear a lady, whom you can testify fl ° tout oath to be not a day less than sweetly confessing that she will I thirty-two next year, don't hastily c D ondeml i her as an "untruther.- If aha bew precisely what her age was she fould be glad to tell it. Only, L't TOtt see, that silly time-sense of ws ias broken its mamspnng or some- £„,„, audit Bees a month or two evnry ar 01 a very comfortable doctrine L the women, this is; and Professor McDougall wiU be voted a darling by the fex a U over the globe. But if the fair, time-senseless creatures are so erratic .boat the calculations of minutes and Tears can the Harvard oracle propound in esplanation for the deadly accuracy of their knowledge of the days of the week? Did you ever know a married woman who didn't know when it was iiay-day? Or a, single one who forgot when the evening arrived when you had promised to bring her a new umbrella or take her to the theatre? No, McDougall. You will have to malce a lot more ej™riments before you can convince hard-leaded men that their women-folk don't know the time o , day as .well as Jhe nest best nf"i. _ t
Quite a good "House that Jack Built" riory might be made of the sow. thi | horse, and the motor-car that occupied ' tie'attention of the English Court o:! Appeal the other day. The motor-car it seems, reused the sow from iti dnmhers hy the side of the road; the j mw got np, and, according to one witness, barked at the horse and van; the lorse shied at the sow, and the motorcar, trying to get out of the way, Wrecked itself on the van and a stone valL Could the motor-car's owner recover damages from the proprietor of the sow? There was a vague suggestion that/this animal was abnormally terrifying in some way, as it certainly must lare been if it barked; hut not much was made of that. The sow"3 owner wins lecause the jury found he was not guilty i or negligence in Jetting the animal stray, I »nd because the law says, h6 is not j KspoTisaie'ai that case for any trouble its presence on the high road, causes. ■ It has been held that a cyclist cannot get damages if a fowl runs into hie wheel and spills him, and the cases are parallel.
Ton never know your luck until you try. The cheery old maxim must have animated the enterprising young lady reiponsible for this advertisement:— "Governess, who has lost .post to nurse I bedridden mother, pleads , for Gift of j Bicycle.—Address ." Young couples about to start housebeping might find it worth while "to I give the idea a trial. A number of' advertisements, artfully worded and ju-1 dkiously distributed amongst newspapers in .different parts of the country, might fetch them all the furniture they I wanted, from the kitchen mangle right i way up to -the hall-stand and -the i
pianola. A Soman Catholic priest who recently sonified the pious Poplar and Stepney i Esk and Asylum Managers by remarking test he "didn't care a damn about Cam- j MnreQ" would have been well advised i so plead that his was only a sin of j emission, for the insertion of the saving I *wd taker's" would have rendered the ttpression harmless, and fit for pious an, a tinker's dam being spelt without | v rfT,. n, " and bein ° composed merely j « Patty Its purpose is to prevent the | «ape of molten metal when the tinker ! 'altering. The expression may, there- »», be recommended for general use in £.«fcs<s- of society, as it has the of conferring on the I fa lereof tte satisfaction that! ST^ a?Ords meriting the apoaeh that attaches to the use of it, life l *™? 063 , DOt trouble about flea " famffi ' ldl °matic rendering of a ™.maxim has now found a literal m the Cardiff County Court, j w?J™ an sued his employers, I wS,S- ders and for I 2K 10a ?* injUr r stained while *»fldakofT notneed much lß ff a l lore t*?te V man be ho is incapaciftrisl.—v* 11 ° ccurrenc e? In what ; Wtii^ g W i. tea hy fleas **H£ to Sh t °P ? rO "V What Proof j Wdy s ;L? ** hun;, as the seaside! Jtiathim, c case is not without! i the length! : ,j niun<rand T' compensation for I '™n o and everything may be pushed, i
' lifest tj refor ms attempted by Fre- \ : *£ se ' the one wkic!l * houltl i ■ ' i gnculti7T^i nioSt synpa-tty from a great I : ZeaJand i S j : ■ aajTcm, • ImproVe the social - sanitary ' , condition of American! j lem is a bi " one - but its ! 41 Etch f \° ' lvelfar e of the country V tiaahearS H0 one <an do otherwise' caroiy support the energetic Pre- ' «*.Wv °° the sub Ject. " No aa- ' ! laiiij hS v KooseTel t, when promul- i " « T 6 ' " has ever achieved : I eateess, unless this great- :: f«tiai c of the • ' the men who live on i «a a£i ??° n their weJfare . mate- ' t th S a b f Onld fom basis of : ■ e \?f and Australia ? «ea l . Wbch agriculture plars ... important part in
It has always puzzled an Englishman to discover the pleasure in the indiscriminate spitting popular, in. America I here must be some gratification that has made so ugly a practice so "universal .However, a. crusade against expectorators in tramcars and railway carriages has now begun in New York, and one day in February 200 were arrested and several of them fined a dollar. Those ; who could plead "a cough" were let off ; j with half a dollar, which seems wrong ■|for, hygienieally, these were the most 'dangerous offenders. The field of the ■Icrusade is limited. Spitting in drawing ; rooms, concert-halls, restaurants, boS- • ! If' \ UA f °S ' iqUh ' eS and P laces " « ■i not yet forbidden; and the Eagle of liberty ne<xl not yet bow her head The • j crusade will probably have effect. It has I, been earher necessary to fight against Ihe hab t in England. Twenty years ago the gallery of a theatre not" very fir J from Westminster Bridge was hung with j placards inscribed: "You are requested i i not to spit mto the pit."
, T s™*™B* « le D'vorce de Demain," Jby JLM. Henn Coulon and Rene de ■ t havagnes, brought out by Plon, is a book that deals with the deliberations and re- ! solutions of th-e -'Committee on Marriage j Reform," -which, since 1905, has been j drawing up a new marriage law to be : submitted to the Chamber of Deputies. : One ands here a great deal of practical ! common sense side by side with wild ! exaggerations and paradoxical notions; ! but almost even' page presents subjects , for interesting discussion. The ideas ot J -M. Leon Blum, who favours "trial mar- : riages,"' and unrestrained "experiments" ; for young women as well as for young i men, and the theories of M>l. * Paul : Adam, Henri Bataille, Sere de Rivieres ; and Paul and Victor Margueritte, find I full scope. The substance of tlie pro- | posed new marriage law is equality of • rights and duties and the separation of property. The legal binding of the union is somewhat fragile. Divorce may be obtained, as is now the case, Tor certain crime* or misdemeanours, and either upon mutual consent or of one party only, I when based upon incompatibility of I character or of temperament.
Emperor William's decision to abolish the Court. Circular, that is to say, the daily record issued by an official of his household to t?he Press of his doings, his utterances, and his movem-ents and of those of the Empress, while it may serve to diminish his popularity with the masses, is calculated to increase the prestige of his throne. The policy of making the people acquainted with the various phases of the existence of the reigning house and with the intimate features of its home life has its drawbacks as well as its advantages. For while, on the one hand, it brings the members of the I reigning family into closer touch with ' their fellow citizens of less exa-lted rank and creates a bond of sympathy between them by showing that sovereigns and princes and princesses of the blood are I subject to the ills and the weaknesses of ordinary mankind, it likewise emphasizes democratic teachings that royalties are, after all, mere mortals like ourselves, made of much the same clay. Thus a writer in an American paper. America, the land of democracy! As if it mattered whether the issue of a Court Circular did lower a monarch's prestige. The Kaiser is about the only king wno would trouble about such things anyway, though the American scribe doea seem to take the affair so seriously. However, ! there are those who love a lord, and 1 venerate a monarch all the world over, and the reverence of these people would remain the same whether they were Informed if the Kaiser ate patent cereals or plain porridge for breakfast, or were j kept in complete ignorance of his doings.
According to the sheet known as "Continental Correspondence," education in France is not all that fancy has painted it. Lieutenant Roland, of the 40th French infantry regiment, has just brought out a book entitled "L'educa- ' tion patriotique dv ..Soldat," which throws a very interesting light on the characteristics of popular education in the France of to-day. From 1903 to I 1907, five consecutive years, Lieutenant i 1 Roland selected twenty recruits from I i his regiment, and gave them a number j of questions to answer concerning French history. As he selected these ! men entirely at hazaTd, he obtained a j curious assortment among these groups, j which consisted of Frenchmen from various parts of the country and of all stages of education. The results obtained by Lieutenant Roland are very curi-1 ! ous. Of these recruits 42 per cent, did •not know what Alsace-Lorraine was 1 Some thought Berlin to be the capital of I Alsace-Lorraine: others were of the J opinion that this province was a large ; town in France. The war of 1870 was entirely unknown to 36 per cent, of these men. The state of affairs shown jbv these simple figures must not be J overlooked. French statesmen often prate lof the invincible desire of the French ! people for revenge; how can such a desire exist among a people who, to so gTeat an extent, know nothing as to what this revenge means? We see now ; how right Bismarck was when he said in ! 1870: "It is the lawyers and the priests who make war, the people itself knows nothing about it."
There are many people who hold quite erroneous views as to the amount of alcohol in the beverages they consume. ! Beer, says a famous statistician, conI tains on an average only I per cent, of j alcohol, and from the point of hygiene lis the least noxious of drinks that inI toxicate—if it is pure. Some of the I cheap dealers manage, however. to j water their beer and aicoholise it with j inferior types of alcohol, thereby increasing its intoxicating power, as well as making an unusual profit on the result of sales per glass. Stout or porter contains more alcohol than beer, ale j having almost double the percentage of either, namely, 7.5 per cent. Who would ; think that " ordinary cider contains 1 nearly nine per cent, of the intoxicant— j as much, nearly, as the white wines like j Moselle? Champagne, despite its exj hilarating effects, holds but little over il2 per wilt, of alcohol—that is to say. ! 1 per cent. less than claret. Sherry and I vermouth are each alcoholic to the ex- | tent of 19 per cent.; port, to the exj tent of 23 per cent.; Maraschino and i Chartreuse to the extent, respectively, of 34 and 43 per cent. Coming to the fire ' waters, gin contains least alcohol, with , ~>l per cenjL Brandy contains 53.4 per cent.: rum holds over 33.7 per cent, of j fhe intoxicant. Lastly comes Irish whisky, with 53.9 per cent., and £he ! Scotch brand, -with 54,3 to the hundred i parts. It is veil-known that coffee and I strong tea exhilarate to an equal degree with liquors like Curacoa and aniseed, which possess, respectively, a percentage of 27 and 33. They are more easily digested, however, and conseq uently have less enduring effects. I Xevertheless. both these stimulants have Ito be calculated -with, in as far as the J drinking of them, to any undue degree, j entails mental, or psychic, and physical penalties, as in the case of alcoholised I drinks which produce the tippling habit. * *
NEWS, VIEWS, AND OPINIONS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909
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