The Evening Post of New Zealand, 28 April 1930:
Sir — The residents of Oriental Bay would be extremely grateful if the police would send a constable to patrol the Parade on Sunday nights. Some people delight in gathering near the Band Rotunda between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. regularly to ‘howl’ their ragtime songs, accompanied by an amateur ukulele player. This behaviour is an annoyance to the residents — I am, etc.
A disgusted resident.
Perhaps Disgusted hopes the constable might sing and play the uke with more decorum? Surely the writer cannot object to people being delighted between such reasonable hours. Oh, but “Ragtime” suggests that our correspondent might perhaps have been about 70 years old. [My daughter says I’m not to jump to conclusions — the writer might also have been an 18-year-old devotee of classical music. Point taken.]