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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l have no wish to carry on a wordy war with Mr Arthur A. Morgan, but ask your kind indulgence to allow me space to reply to his disingenuous letter in your issue of this evening. That a very small minority of the girls do not attend school, and therefore cannot (in Mr Morgan’s opinion) be termed “children,” does not effect the complaints which have been, and are still being, made in connection with the rehearsals. The greater majority of the girls are “children” in the accepted meaning of tho term, and are of such an age that no mother who wishes to develop in her daughters that love of home which is one of the beauties of true womanhood will allow them out after dark to roam the streets in “ half dozens and dozens." Whether they go home _in “groups,” or absolutely alone, is immaterial ; in fact, in their going homo alone less harm would likely be done than in their dispersing to all parts in groups. What is the cause of the larrikinism in our boys? Not their being on the streets at night singly. It is the boldness given by numbers that leads them into so much mischief; and so will it be with these girls if the Sunday School Union encourage them to quit their homes after dark. When I was a child, and even after I became too old a girl to come under MrM.’s conception of “ children,” I was taught to look upon it as very improper to be out at night unless in the charge of some elderly person. Mr M. is to be complimented _on the paternal interest he exhibits in impressing upon the girls the importance of not neglecting their home duties; but his assertion that he “knows they do not” neglect their lessons is rather a bold one, considering he is neither omniscient nor omnipresent. Had tho Committee of Management tried the experiment of holding the rehearsals on Saturday afternoons they would have had more girls attending them, and met with no objection from those who think that the proper place after dark for girls is their homes. The Committee, however, have decided upon night rehearsals, no matter what the risk may be to the proper moral and domestic training of the girls, and all for the sake of making a “ show ” at the Exhibition.— l am, etc., Martha. Dunedin, September 26, [This correspondence is closed. Ed. E.S.] ___

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THE CHORAL AND FLORAL FESTIVAL REHEARSALS., Evening Star, Issue 8025, 30 September 1889

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THE CHORAL AND FLORAL FESTIVAL REHEARSALS. Evening Star, Issue 8025, 30 September 1889