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THE LOAFING LARRIKIN.

(To the Editor.} . ' Sir, —I have for. some time past thought of writing to .the newspapers about this "pest," and now that your correspondent "A.F."- has oneried'iip the subject, I desire to add my mite in an effort to subdue the larrikin element at its birth. I lived for many yearsin'Australia, where the larrikin practically took charge after f certain hours until the lash was introduced, and if the police are not put in a position to kick these hoodlums into a civilised behaviour now, the public will suffer considerable annoyance and loss later on. The larrikin push is made up of an element of cowardly ruffianism only able to a nuisance in droves, and it has been proved that the whip is the only punishment that will put fear into their •bodies. In a certain Melbourne suburb .there was a policeman (he stood about 6ft 6in) who asked no questions, but simply laid about him right and left when he came across these pushes, and he simply .broke them up.in this particular place, altKbugh it nearly cost 'him his life on one occasion. We are all proud of our police ac a body, and it will want but? little combination among £hejn to strangle these wolves at the birth of the "packs." Cuba-street, Wellington, was a noted hunting ground for the larrikin some years ago, and it was at some personal injury you were able to walk through it after certain, hours of the night. In a young country like this ladies should be able to come and go as they please without insult; but -while the least little spark of the larrikin firebrand is allowed to burn the movements of others, t>eside3 ladies, are likely to be interfered with. The menace is serious,'as your correspondent points out, and in my opinion is well worth attention in your leading columns. Australia has such a bad name in this respect ihafc Australians coming here are everlastingly being confronted with the doings of the scourge.—l am, etc., JOHN MORGAN.

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THE LOAFING LARRIKIN. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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