LARRIKINISM AT THE KAIKORAI.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —For the past two or three years there has been very little larrikinism at the Kaikorai—next to nothing worth speaking of, the better class of young men setting their faces against it, and trying to put it down. But, however interested parties may attempt to deny it, nevertheless it is a fact that larrikinism is increasing, and has been steadily increasing since the last licensing election; nay, worse—hoodlumism. Young hoodlums get primed with drink (wherever they get it) and go prowling about by night to plunder and molest and destroy. Thrifty housewives leave their snowy linen out to bleach, and perhaps find some of _it minus next morning. Things left outside vanish unaccountably. The state of tho fences is something pitiful and shameful to behold, especially in the further part of Linden. It is said that the Anderstou larrikins are chiefly responsible for that. They rampage down the paddocks on their way to work or mischief, and throw down a rail or two as they go. If the owner happens not to be watching to put up those rails at once, they are missing when those young gentlemen return. I myself saw two of them marching along homewards one evening, each with a rail on his shoulder. A passer-by stopped to look after them, “Do you know thorn?” said I. “ Know them !” he growled; “I’ve got good reason to know ’em ! And I believe they’re the same two young vagabonds that have been such a nuisance to the Band of Hopo meetings in tho hall.” “ Why don’t you speak to the police, and get them looked after, then ? ’ “ What’s the use of that? ” said he, with an angry snort. “If tho police were to pull them up, they’d only be dismissed with a caution ! They say there are families in the Kaikorai that keep their fires going with tho fencing and firewood their children steal. It’s a shame ! Something ought to be done.” And he passed on. But, perhaps, tho worst feature of all is, that it appears to be growing unsafe for women and young girls to venture out alone after dark. And that, to the credit of the Kaikorai boys be it said, has not been the case of late years a customary phase of larrikinism in the Kaikorai. The more pity and alarm if it seems developing now. “ But why don’t the authorities look into it and put a stop to it?” Well, because wherever the drink faction is in the ascendancy a sort of demoralisation seems to creep over the community, and the “ authorities ” seem to relax their vigilance. Belgravia is not quite so Belgravian as it has been. A sort of grime seems creeping over tho borough, such as creeps over the house when bad living tenants come into it. —I am, etc., Observer, Kaikorai, September 2.
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LARRIKINISM AT THE KAIKORAI., Evening Star, Issue 8002, 3 September 1889