A degenerating and damnable influence


Truly the animal nature so uppermost in many men finds scope to become aroused at this place of amusement.


Following up the letters that have appeared in your valuable paper during the past few days on the disgraceful and unseemly conduct of one of the principal artistes of the Fayre, as enacted in Howick Street, and subsequent upon the many who have expressed themselves as disgusted with the state of things that nightly take place at this carnival, I beg to enter my strong protest against such being carried on in one of our main thoroughfares, right at the very doors of some of the leading residents of our city.

Last evening, in company with a gentleman friend, I visited this place with the object of entering my protest on substantial evidence. I do not hesitate to affirm on the very strongest assumption that such a state of affairs should not be permitted.

No doubt the programme (or portions of it) would be appreciated in the common music halls in the East End of London. The coarse jests emanating during the progress of the songs, which are so suggestive, confirms my conviction that it is not a proper place for respectable men, much less women and girls to attend.

Surely the moral tone of the community is low enough without a ‘company’ inviting the public to participate in its degenerating and damnable influence. Truly the animal nature so uppermost in many men finds scope to become aroused at this place of amusement (?).

I should, indeed, be sorry to know that any acquaintance of mine should attend such a place for the purpose of entertainment or amusement. Amongst the audience were some whose characters would not bear very minute investigation, and the very fact of so many ‘cabs’ awaiting the close is significant.

What benefit, might I ask, accrues to the city from this place? It may fill the pockets of its promoters with unholy gain, but the city and its inhabitants indirectly pay the price.

Yours, J. T. Kevern.
150 Hay Street, December 1, 1896.