A DRINKING SCANDAL
clause in the great Pater Noster, "Our Father, give us this day our daily bread."
Capt. B-gave us a shameful account of a drinking incident in the Gulf of Carpentaria. There had been an accident on a ship causing the death of its chief engineer. The only European carpenter resident at the place was English, the inhabitants being mainly Chinese and Japanese. To him was given the order for a coffin, which he undertook to have ready on the morning of the funeral. A very great deal of sympathy had been shewn, and a large number attended to follow to the grave. When B-got to
the little infirmary where the body was lying there was no coffin. He hurried to the carpenter who, instead of making it, had got hopelessly drunk. The funeral had to be postponed for a few hours while a Japanese carpenter hurriedly made the coffin. Everybody, of course, knew the disgraceful cause of the delay. Does this sort of thing demonstrate the superiority of the white race?
It is a thousand pities that greater care is not taken to keep our name untarnished out East. I heard more to-day of drinking, specially among women. And yet the standard of public opinion is not so low as that suggested in Kipling's lines :a
Ship me somewhere east of Suez
Where the best is like the worst, And there ain't no ten commandments, And a man may raise a thirst.Where the best is like the worst, And there ain't no ten commandments, And a man may raise a thirst.