THE apathy that has infected Parliament seems to be reflected in
the public indifference outside to matters of national importance.
Even before July was out came tidings of the appearance of the
sea-serpent in the offing, and eye-witnesses report having seen it
simultaneously in places very far distant from each other,
suggesting either that there is more than one of these weird
monsters or that the one seen is a hundred miles long. Another
topic which has been started for discussion is the use of the
domestic bath. We had been led partly by our own practice, let us
hasten to to say, and partly by the invariable addition of the item
"bath h. and c." in the advertisements of houses to let, to believe
that the laudable habit of regular tubbing was now always practised
by everybody who wished to be somebody. However, we shall no doubt
obtain a good deal of information on this and the other subject
during the holiday season. People who do not know a school of
porpoises when they see one will excitedly inform the Press that
they have observed the sea-serpent, and others whose bent is
towards statistics will endeavour to show in what proportion the
various classes of society approximate to or decline from the
standard of cleanliness next to godliness. Perhaps we ought not to
be too hard on the relaxation of strenuous minds in idle moments.
Apollo does not always stretch his bow. There are occasions when
even silliness is agreeable.