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"THE LARRIKIN NUISANCE': ITS CAUSE AND CURE.

TO THE EDITOR.

Sir,—lt ia evident that the time is ripe for action in the matter of grappling with ■what is popularly known as the " Larrikin nuisance." lam intimately acquainted with a very large number of lads on the Flat, and, having lived among them for many years, perhaps my opinion on the subject may be profitable. Many of the families are large, and most of the dwellings are small in proportion, the result being that the elder members " clear ont" until the bairnß are put to bed. When they return, and endeavor to find amusement, the chances are a cradle song or duet on a very high key will result. Perhaps it was Burns who said or sung: " Mu3ic hath charms to soothe the savage breast." . „ Quiet families here are painfully aware that many lads with many accordions serenade at all hours, and make night hideous with the braying of those music murderers until they are dispersed by a cordon of the police. There are three clubs or " cribs " on the Flat, tbeso clubs being supported by about fifty young men. In each are combined a gymnasium, "dance,, free-[and - easy, and games; but each ia limited to a few members. There are then a very great number of lads and men who, if ways and means were provided for them—say, in the shape of a club and literary classes, etc., conducted on broad and what would be popular principleswould be benefited thereby. I think that the matter is deserving of the consideration and support of the community at large. Much could be said on the subject, but I refrain from imposing on your patience, and would suggest that the mayors of the three boroughs call a meeting at an early date to consider the matter inall its bearings. I know that such a meeting will be largely attended and the cause supported. Hoping that the question will be taken up by abler pens than mine—l am, etc., Robert Rae. Kensington, May 20.

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"THE LARRIKIN NUISANCE': ITS CAUSE AND CURE., Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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"THE LARRIKIN NUISANCE': ITS CAUSE AND CURE. Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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