We are spending a great deal of time and money in these days for the education and general moral uplift of the rising generations and we look with pride on what as a rule is being accomplished by the large majority of our teachers and we are expecting great results when those girls and boys who are now being trained shall have reached womanhood and manhood, but one is led to wonder what chance these girls and boys have of becoming any more than just the ordinary careless going, complaining class that we are accustomed to meet at this time, when they are witnessing and hearing about the daily and nightly revels that often take place in some our little villages in Manitoba. The demoralizing influence of the pool table, dice, cards and whiskey is destroying and damning the lives of those who are growing and grown-up; we are hoping that there will be no more exhibitions such as reported from the famous village on the river out north last Saturday night and Sunday morning. We boast of our freedom and civilization let us when we get the opportunity vote for a “bone dry” province and show that our desire is to free those who are slaves to whiskey; le us save them from the greatest curse to civilization. It is not so much the high cost of living that is the cause of the unrest of to day, but the greater part of it is caused by the wanton, careless and extravagant habits of people who are living only for pleasure and not seeking to make the world any better. Let us do less talking, and do more thinking, and we will understand more about the true reason for the unsettled conditions of today, before we have better conditions, we must improve our habits of life, the love of pleasure, is equally as bad as the love of money in its effect on the mind, and a great deal worse for the pocket.
The regular meeting of the Mossey River U.F.M. took place on Friday evening, April 9th. There was a good attendance and several questions of importance were discussed. President Hafenbrak tendered his resignation, and it was accepted on condition that be accept the vice-presidency. The new officers are, president, J. Williamson; first vice, F.F. Hafenbrak; 2nd vice, D.F. Wilson; auditor, T.B. Venables. The two directors elected were Mrs. J.W. Williamson and Mrs. D.F. Wilson, jr. The meeting was a decided success and it is hoped that the next one will be even better. After the business of the association was finished the ladies served a lunch, after which dancing was the order until the “we sma’ hours.” At the next meeting, which takes place on May 9th, the site of the Soldiers’ Memorial will be discussed. It is hoped that those interested will turn out and let the public see that they are interested in such questions. Every one is welcome to these meetings but only members are entitled to vote.
At the last social evening of the Literary club of the season, Prof. Williamson was tendered a vote of thanks and Mr. Wm. King presented with a valuable fountain pen.
The postponed father and son banquet will be held in the Orange Hall on April 16.
The Rev. H.P. Barrett will hold communion in All Saints’ Church on Sunday, 18th inst.
Mr. T.B. Venables has received two nice yearling pure bred Hereford bulls from Mitchell Bros., of Norton, Ont. One of the animals is for W. Craighill.
Mr. Paulin, of the International Harvester Co., spent a few days here lately putting up power machinery for W. King, agent, who has a large stock of Titans, engines and other machinery and farm implements for the season’s trade.