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IFETES.

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lie, before a whole tea-table of people all "for tije good for the cause." And, my friend, where does it stop? Scooting gallery, cocoanuts, concerts, 3d. for a chair on the lawn, 2s. for a smell at the rcse trees, Id. fine for a cough or a sneeze- before night falls and your fit has worn itself of, a good week's work and wages and a never-regained afternoon and evening have been utterly squandered and wasted. Worse than all, you go home loudly pro- claiming the good time you have had, put *way your anniversary clothes, for ever soiled and ruined, and declare emphatically four intention of going to the very next fete :hat is advertised. If anybody remonstrates with you for your axtravaganee, you reply in a lofty and super- bilious manner with the dear old ecclesias- tically robed falsehood: My dear sir, it's all for the good of the :ause." This seems to cover anything. Insanity for a religious purpose is good and dutiable! Is a fete for the good of any cause? Was it ever? Yes," you reply; "it is for a new organ at the church," or "It is for the Cottage Hos- pital," or "It is for the Y.M.C.A. or "It is for the Society for the Abolition of Potted Offal," or "It is for the Society for the Pre- vention of Cruelty to Blackbeetles," or It is for the Ancient Order of Secret Tipplers," and so on. What a farce What a lie Can any gathering of respectable so-called Christians, organised for the express pur- pose of systematic swindling and extortion on a gigantic itale and in a disgustingly flagrant manner, be for the good of any cause, and especially a religious one? A fete, a bazaar, and every other similar putrid exerescellce on the face of a philan- thropical society is the most irreligious and fantastically false idea that was every pro- moted—" for the good of a cause." It is—in the case of a fete-an annual training ground for youth of both sexes to be initiated and well instructed in all forms of lying, deceit, robbery, idleness, general loose- ness, and often, I have noticed, over-indul- gence in foodstuffs. If money is required for a cause, let people spend five minutes in quiet thought, and give liberally, willingly, and deliberately, and then return and spend the afternoon at their daily work.