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DANGEROUS PASTIMES.
 
To the Editor of the Kendal Times.
 
Sir,
        Although I have not been long a resident in this town, yet I have ventured to raise my voice to protest against an act, which is dangerous, and indeed, I may say, very much so.
 
Snow has been falling for the last two days or so, and the intense cold has hardened it to such a degree, that it is a matter of great difficulty ascending a hill.
 
The boys, after school-hours, amuse themselves with making slides on the road, and sometimes on the path.   Having to walk twice up and down a hill every day, I have, and can fully experience the danger which these boys are the indirect cause of making.
 
I have been told that the police put salt on a few of them;  but as soon as the slides are covered with salt, they (the boys) make fresh ones, and more numerous than before.
 
Why cannot the police stop entirely the making of them ?  Are they too lazy to do so ?
 
I suggest that the boys should only be allowed to make them (the slides) in places where little traffic is going on, and where few people pass.
 
I hope that this feeble effort to put an end to such dangerous practices, will have some effect, that is, in diminishing the number of slides.
 
I am
Your Obedient Servant,
H. W. MASTERMAN.
November 30, 1869.


 
THE PARISH CHURCH.
 
To the Editor of the Kendal Times.
 
Sir,
 
On Sunday morning I went again to the Parish Church.  The service began at the proper time.  The choir sang out much better than when I was there before; and the tunes were chosen more appropriately to the hymns: - but the hymn is still spoiled by a performance on the organ before the last verse I should have been glad if I could have said that the congregation had accepted the challenge of the choir to join in the singing and responses;  but very few of them seem to care anything at all about the service.
 
True they may be "singing and making melody in their hearts"; but in church it is their duty to do it with their voices;  and I hope they will profit by the admirable remarks of the vicar on their "duty in public worship", and not again be guilty of "chilling the heart of the minister by making no response to his petitions.
 
I am at a loss to know why five minutes should be spent, before the reading of the lessons, in a sort of tiddle-de-dee-dee-dee, tiddle-le-lee-ee-ee on the organ.
 
I don't think it conducive to a proper frame of mind for listening to the "lessons"; but I rather consider it a waste of time, and an unseemly interruption of public worship, unless indeed, it be considered worshipping by machinery.
 
To the curate who read the prayers and published the "banns" I would say  --  there is sufficient "just cause and impediment why six persons should not be joined together in holy matrimony.
 
I was too shy to declare the cause before so large a congregation.
 
MAVIS.
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