BATHING SEASON BEGINS.
With the bathing season begins, unhappily, the season of bathing fatalities; and one of the earliest deaths recorded is that of Mr. T. G. CANT, partner in a respected firm of solicitors in Penrith.
Mr. CANT's death is unfortunately a typical one; he went into the water to bathe, not knowing how to swim, and was taken out of his depth and drowned. It is thus that too many lives are lost each summer; and yet, strange as it is, the lessons yielded by the fatalities of this kind never seem to be learned. People who do not try to learn to swim will persist in bathing, and in certain circumstances the result is almost a forgone conclusion.
Perhaps upon the whole, the wonder is that such deaths are not of more frequent occurrence. The obvious, and indeed the only, advice to give is that no one should enter water where there is the smallest chance that an accident may occur, who has not previously learned to swim, but this has been a hundred times before, and has had apparently but little effect in diminishing the number of deaths which, practically speaking, need never have occurred at all.
Boys should be taught swimming at school; there should be no school without its swimming bath. The art is one of the simplest to acquire, and it stands a man in good stead in a thousand circumstances in life. Apart. moreover, from the duty of learning to swim with a view to one's own personal safety, it is one of the most pleasurable and health giving exercises. A swim in the sea or river expands the muscles, quickens the life of the blood, and renovates and strengthens the whole being.