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to tkr mrroß or "tit« reus." Sir,— To-night's meeting, called by "The Younz Men's Efficiency League," to hear addresses by doctors, is not open to any of the above—but only to **aJI men—l 9 years and over," and in response to repeated requests from tho ladies of Christchurch, to "married Indies—at the side door only." Why "side door only?" Is this on tho same principle that you have side doors to a pub. or n pawnshop? Ib it feared tnat the "married ladies" mny be a little shv of the front door of a meeting, orijrinally for "men ovor 19 " only—to be addressed—con-

I fidentially, no doubt—by leading doctors? A lot of married ladios havo a*kcd me to ascertain from you, sir, how tlicy qualify for admission. Must they present their nuirriaijo lines at the "sido door"? Or will lT bo enough if they exhibit a simple boon of gold on the third finder of the left? I am also requested by "married lady" friends to enquire of you, sir, if "married ladies" in tho adrt. means "with husbands living," or are widows permitted? A little widow, says the proverb, is a dangerous thing. And what about divorcees ? Judging by tho "cause lists" in the Courts, this is a largo and increasing class that simply must be catered for in the future-1-they'll want a wholo hall to themsolves soon! Some of my inquisitive friend* will doubtless be there to-night to watch for themselves the queue at the side do!>r—and so have their own questions answered.—Yora-s. etc., ONE OF THE BOYS* ro th* kditor or "nrm raus." Sir, —I see that Dr. ,T. Restell Thomas has already disclaimed till intention of being present at. the meeting called for men over 19 and married women. Indeed, the doctor says his name was used entirely without his authority. But what about somo of tho others? I am sure nothing that sincere scientist, Dr. Pearson, could say, would he urfit for tho ears of youths under 19 or yonhg and unsophisticated maidens. Dr. Orooke T have alwa.Vß regarded as corresponding more nearly than anv other man in Christchurch to Tan MacLaren's "Doctor of the Old School." and passing his days in whole-hearted devotion to medicine, especially among tho poor, with music as Ms only hobbv. Is ho really going to embark" on tho bitter waters of controversy, or has his name also li<>eri taken in vain? T cannot imagine this most gentle of pent-lemon saving ona word from a public platform to an nndience. mnrried ladies and men over* 19 mixed, that he would hesitate to sav to boys and girls. Mnv T record my protest against tho horrid suggestion of this advertisonent—thai married women, because they nro married, can listen to things in the presence of m<>n. at which spinstors would M'*sh.—'Yours, etc.,' A MARRIED WOMAN.

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VTRGINIBUS PUERESQUE., Press, Volume LV, Issue 16706, 15 December 1919

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VTRGINIBUS PUERESQUE. Press, Volume LV, Issue 16706, 15 December 1919