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Change ia Summer Holidays.

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Change ia Summer Holidays. It was remarked by somebody that the chief use of work is to make leisure enjoy- able. The majority of people find that the chief use of work is to make the pot boil, but there is a good deal in the idea that we should not enjoy life half as much as we do if it were not for its contrasts. The man who does no work from Monday morning to Saturday night, cannot take the same de- light in a holiday as he who comes from the desk of a stuffy counting-house, nor is the man or woman who lives in a beautiful country able to derive the same pleasure from Nature's beauties as the dweller in a town, who only finds himself in a rural district once or twice a year. The Satur- day Review," in an article on the desire for change which takes people away at this season of the year, does not seem to recog- nise very fully THE BLESSINGS OF CONTRAST, 1 and argues that our forefathers got on very well with the minimum of change in their habits; they lived and died at a good old age, without having worried themselves in seeking change of scene." No doubt they did, largely because they had no choice, and possibly by keeping in one groove they may have prolonged their lives. But we do not need the Westminster Catechism, or anything else, to tell us that long life is not the chief end of man's existence, and that it may be possible to purchase longevity too dearly. The writer speaks truly when he says there are vast numbers of women in working class society to whom nothing is more irksome than to have to take part in pleasures to which they are unaccustomed," but, at the same time, there seems to be some confusion of thought when aversion from environment in which a woman finds herself uncomfortable is made to cover a summer holiday, to which anybody can adapt herself without the slightest difficulty. The same confusion seems to attend the remark that the lower you go in the scale of general intelligence, culture, and refine- ment, the less desire of change is found." Standing by itself that is a perfectly ac- curi to statement of fact. A clergyman working in one of the poorest of East Lon- don slums, said, Look at those people st. outing and dancing over there, you may think that they would be a good deal happier if they were taught some more rational amusement, but they are QUIT. HAPPY A& THEY ARE, I and although many of them come to church, | and live respectable lives, yet they would j not thank you for placing them in what you conceive to be a much pleasanter environ- ment. You would only succeed in making them profoundly uncomfortable, and at the first opportunity they would return to their present recreations." The man who said that knew the poor of East London, and one scarcely knows whether to feel thankful or otherwise that his statement is an exact one. But these poor folks enjoy a holiday at the seaside as much as anybody, as the sands of Yarmouth, and Margate, and the mud of Southend, testify abundautly. They might not feel at home at a il swell water- ing place, but nature meant them to enjoy a holiday after their own fashion, and they have no difficulty in doing so. It has often been pointed out that the constant pursuit of one occupation, without periods of relief, tends towards insanity. The summer holi- day interrupts that monotony, and to the people who have the opportunity of taking it, such relaxation is a good investment. Probably the writer in The Saturday Re- view thinks so too, and, having drawn the fee for his article, is at the moment enjoy- ing the "change" which he deprecates.

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