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Spring at the Sea-Side.


Spring at the Sea-Side. We venture to assert that the sea-side at spring is more delightful than any time of the year. If the winds are bleak, the rocks gather the sun- shine, and screen you against the blast. In the sweet mild moods of wayward April, a day on calm water, when you breathe the iodine and the ozone, has a most exhilarating and tonic effect. You find the natives a mild-eyed, mild-voice race, unlike the creatures of prey who have to make the brief season yield profits that must last the whole year. You pay local prices, not fancy prices. You makJ friends with the hardy honest race whom we especially love, the simple fisher- folk. All through the winter we have had our fish for breakfast-sole, whitings, fresh herrings fit for a king, golden mullet and silvery mackerel. Think of the hundred brave men and more who have gone down in their fishing smacks in the rough North Sea. The fishermen who have been obliged to lie up for the winter are now mending their nets, and bringing their black boats down to the beach. This is the season of the year when they will look upon you more as friends than fares. But wherever you take your walks abroad, far inland or along the coast line, you will find a hearty welcome. You are the herald and harbinger of a happier day. The winter, with it scarcity and anxiety, is departing, and the bounteous summer is not far off. That sweet warm sunshine seems to lift the burden from life, and impart to its breadth and freedom. Summer and autumn—winter as well-you may enjoy the coast, but there is only one spring time of the year, as of life, and the sea-side is then at its best and purest. Visits at the seaside might be more equalised, and be distributed over a larger space of time. The instinct of migration to the water- side is very strong on all of us Britishers. If you examine the map of Eastern Europe, you will see how the Greeks have everywhere loved the sea- board, while the slower Slavonic races invariably retreat inland towards the hills. XVe are like the Greeks and in such matters of good taste Greek instincts are invariably right. No paterfamilias who has Seen in the habit of taking his belongings annually to the seaside would willingly forego that great advantage. That annual trip both prolongs and intensifies existence. But times are hard and trade is dull. Fixed incomes, in many cases have sadly diminished. P. F. is not quite sure that hewill be able to afford the heavy outlay of the summer trip. But he might be very well able to afford to go to the seaside in the spring, in- stead of waiting for the fashionable season. You may get a house or lodgings for a guinea and a half which would cost you five or seven guineas a week in August or September. In various other ways the expenditure is materially diminished. It is not as if you lost anything by going in the spring instead of later on. You lose something in the way of society, but you gain more in the way of nature. In other respects you are a gainer. He who has never dwelt by the seaside in spring, watched the magical lights, heard its manifold voices, has missed the greatest balm and beauty which it owns.-London Society.

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