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PROGRESS OF THE "GUARDIAN."

Married v. Single blessedness.

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Married v. Single blessedness. DEBATE IN GOODWICK PARLIAMENT." The tenth meeting of the Goodwick Debat- ig Society was held in the Reading Room at 7.30 last Friday evening. On the proposi- tion of Mr. A. H. Clark, seconded by Mr. A. B. Edwards, Mr. J. A. Bowen acted as speaker in the absence of Mr. G. Lambert Gibson. In the absence of the Rev. S. B. Williams, Mr. A. H. Clark acted as secretary. A letter was read from Rev. S. B. Williams resigning the office of secretary on account of his approaching departure'from Goodwick. Mr. Clark said they all regretted their secre- tary's resignation. The election of his suc- cessor would be left to the next meeting. Mr. M. Moses then proposed that "Married life is preferable to single." He said that home to a married man was his castle. No man was free from trouble, whether married or single, but the married man could confide his troubles to his wife. A single man was most selfish. Man was never intended to live by himself. He was not able to nourish his virtues, whereas a married man was train- ed to it. The latter's great pleasure was to work for his wife and children. He had many advantages. If he was a poor working man, only earning 20s. a week, he got much more comfort from his money than if he was a single man Men did not get married for many reasons. He instanced a labourer he had known, who divided up his dinner a few times and thought one share would be very little for him. The single man had no one to sympathise over him in sickness, no one to soothe his dying pillow, and when he departed his relations immediately wanted to know what money he had. If he was a poor man they said: "Rattle his bones over the stones, He's ony an old batchelor whom nobody ojvns." (Applause.) Mr. E. Anthony,in opposing, said the ques- tion had troubled men for centuries, and if the Goodwick Parliament could settle it they would do well. He had seen enough to con- vince him that single life was the best. He did hot, however, agree with the Chinese that there were only two good women, one dead and the other unborn. Why should a man bi expected to share half his goods with an- other man's daughter? Bacon said that most of the best works came from batchelors. Women argue that unhappy matrimonial life I is the result of bad choice. He would re- mind them that most troubes came at the beginning of married life. Homesickness soon began, and many a bride would go home to mother if it were not for the scandal. The mother-in-law was another serious trouble. He contended that any man could manage his house as well as his wife, mother-in-law, or all his sisters. Women had no idea-of the value of anything, least of all of money. Councillor W. iva-is said he would admit he had been married, but not so long a time a he had been single. He could not agree with the proposer in what he said about the Garden of Eden. If woman had been created for man she had caused a great deal of tiouble. Mr. A. B. Edwards proposed that the hon. speaker should be allowed to give his views. Mr. J. C Bowen said he heartily agreed with the member for Plymouth, the mover. Mr. A. B. Edwards said all the married men there were afraid to give their real views, or they would hear about it when the Guardian" came out. He disagreed with the statement that single men had no aim in life. The mover also said that a married man was monarch of all he surveyed, but he saw from the newspapers that children were growing up ,ery independent, and that the father had to go into the corner to make way for the children. He found it difficult to manage by himself on what he earned, without having anyone else to support. Mr. T. D. Harries said single men had no right to speak, as they only knew one side. Many men remained single through selfish. ness. Married life was better for the State. He hoped everyone would vote as their fathers and mothers did, in favour of married life. Mr. A. H. Clark said he must speak partly on both sides. When a man was married he had to take great care not to risk failure in what he undertook, and this was another drawback. People who were about to marry ought to make plenty of enquiries and not rush into matrimony. Mr. T. Griffiths said he thought he could speak from experience. If they were going to follow the lead of the opposer they would soon see the extinction of, the human race. Many a marriage had been a failure through the rash acts of youth, and he agreed with the mover that they ought to take good part- ners. Mr. Blewitt said he supported the principle, though he thought the proposer made out a very bad case, because he had waited so long before getting married. The opposer had asked the Press not to report in full because he was afraid of not getting a welcome in Plymouth the next time he went there. Mr. Dunsdon said he had an open mind at present, not having had experience of both sides. One ought not to get married before securmg a good position. Mr* E. Anthony and Mr. M. Moses then re- plied. The voting was as follows:-For he motion, 13; against, 10. Mr. A. H. Clark said that no doubt all would agree in passing a vote of thanks to the resigning secretary, Rev. S. B. Williams, for his services and for originating the idea of the society. This was carried with applause. ♦

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