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264                Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XIX.
Lady-in-Waiting in her younger days to Edward the Third's wife, Queen Philippa."
Sunday League Excursions to Eastbourne.
The following newspaper cutting has lost none of its applicability by the efflux of time. At a much later date I saw a notice by the Chief Constable of Salisbury, warning householders to watch their doors and property on a certain Sunday, because the National Sunday League intended to patronise the city.
"Judging by the Police Reports, we trust that a long time will elapse ere the town of East-Bourne is flooded again by excursionists, assembled by the National Sunday League, as on September 9. Whenever that mischievous Society pours its hundreds into a town, noise, drunkenness, and dissipation is the inevitable legacy which the natives have to endure. To everybody except to the beershop-keepers these Sunday Leaguers are an intolerable nuisance This will be found the testimony of the respectable inhabitants alike of Hastings, Seaford, Littlehampton, Dorking, and Portsmouth. These Leaguers did not come to East-Bourne on September 9 without leaving 2 of their number to be locked up and fined 7*. Gd. with costs, for being drunk and disorderly on the Parade. We venture to tender an earnest remonstrance to the Railway Company never again to bring any more " National Sunday League" excursionists to East-Bourne. (Sussex Times, November 1, 1883).
A Ladies' Committee.
During my membership of the East Sussex County Council, it fell to my lot on many occasions to preside over a Committee of Ladies concerned in the manage­ment of the Technical School for Girls at Lewes. I shall not disclose or comment on my experiences there beyond remarking that I always found it very difficult to keep the ladies to the point immediately under discussion ; with one noble exception every lady nearly always wished to speak on two totally different subjects at the same time, the second subject being generally the one which had already been settled some minutes previously!
The difficulty of keeping lady speakers to a denned line was amusingly shown some years ago at East-Bourne. There existed then (and perhaps still) a Committee of Ladies formed for the definite purpose of looking after friendless girls and raising money for the purpose. At one of their meetings they passed a resolution to grant
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