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Move to limit street collections
During the period of the war the public submitted more or less cheerfully to the constant succession of street collections which were taken up on behalf of a variety of patriotic objects, but when the termination of the war failed to bring about the end of this serviceable means of raising money a long-suffering public at last gave voice to some spasmodic protests. The General Committee of the City Council, in declining an application from the Y.M.C.A. for permission to take up a collection in the streets of the city, expresses the opinion that the time has now arrived when street collecting should be limited as far as possible. So far as the general principle is concerned the expression of opinion given by the committee will be widely endorsed.
Warning about sharing beds
During the course of an inquest which was held at the Hospital on Saturday morning respecting the death of an infant, the coroner (Mr J. R. Bartholomew, S.M.) asked Dr Siedeberg if she had any definite view as to the practice of keeping babies in bed with their mothers. Dr Siedeberg replied that it was a very pernicious practice, and she did not see how a child could very well survive the chance of being overlaid. The more the public was warned against the habit the better, because it was a most regrettable state of affairs to lose a fine healthy child in such a fashion.
‘Just Married’ signs damaging
Those persons of an allegedly humorous turn of mind who, when speeding a departing bride and bridegroom on their honeymoon, chalk the words ‘‘Just Married’’, in a prominent position on the side of a railway carriage, may be surprised to learn that such an act constitutes a legal offence. Several cases have recently come under the notice of the Christchurch railway staff (states the Lyttleton Times), and it is intended to take steps to ensure the punishment of the offenders. It is stated that chalk will ruin the varnish used on the carriages, particularly if the chalk be of the scratchy kind, and even after a fresh coat has been applied the marks will often show through the varnish.
— ODT, 29.3.1920.