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Coal in the bathtub?

03 August 2012

August 2nd, 1912.

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.


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