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Total Abstinence in High Places. — Captain Le Roy, of the Auckland Naval Brigade, retired from the presidency of the Volunteer banquet on Monday evening (says the “N. Z. Herald”), because his teetotal principles would not permit of his. giving a toast. The gallant captain errs in good company—that is to say, if he errs at all. A grand banquet was given the other day to Lord Chelmsford by the Merchant Tailors’ Company, and to their honor he drank nothing but water. The fact got publicity in a rather curious fashion. The Master of the Company, in presenting his accounts, had an item respecting a filter. The Court was surprised, and wished an explanation. The Master explained that at their last banquet so many of the guests, among them Lord Chelmsford, Lord Thesiger, and the Bishop of Bedford, drank water, that he felt justified in ordering the filter in question. Truly this is a sign of the times.

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Ashburton Guardian, 8 April 1880

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Ashburton Guardian 8 April 1880

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