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To THE EriTOB. Sir, —Most of your readers are aware that a deputation was recently appointed by the Grand Lodge of Good Templars to interview the Government with regard to the unblushing manner in which the licensing laws of this colony are violated by those who sell intoxicating liquors. The Hon. John Hall courteously received the deputation, and promised that instructions should be given to the police to see to a more strict observance of the licensing laws, especially respecting “ the provisions which forbid the sale of liquor on Sundays.” If the Ashburton police have received such instructions, I certainly think they are remiss in their duty, for there are numbers of drunken men in this town every Sunday. Last night two men, quite intoxicated, lay fast asleep in the tussocks in the Wakanui road, notwithstanding the drizzling rain. Yesterday morning a drunken man came to the Primitive Methodist Church, and took great delight in making grimaces during the singing, and was also spitting on the floor in a disgraceful manner. The Sunday morning previous, a drunken man cameandslept during the whole service, and when roused out of sleep he began to ask a lot of ridiculous

questions. Upon another occasion we had to take the trouble to carry one drunken man out of the church, which is not a very pleasant thing to do, especially when they weigh as heavy as this man did. Now, sir, I think this Sunday drinking is an abomination, and it is high time some definite and immediate steps were taken to suppress it. It is certainly a disgrace to Ashburton. I understand that our hotelkeepers, &c., are positively instructed to sell to none but bona fide travellers or lodgers on Sundays. Yet it seems that the law here, as elsewhere, is only winked at, and men are allowed to drink till they drown their senses, and then they come staggering to God’s house, and we all know how very disagreeable it is to be compelled to sit in church with a dirty drunken man. Hoping our police officers will kindly do their utmost to comply with the instructions which I presume were given by the Government. —I am, <&c., A. J. Smith. Ashburton, March 7, 1881. [We publish Mr Smith’s letter, but at the same time wish to point out to him that had the police been aware that drunken men were causing an annoyance, they would have been only too happy to bring the offenders to book.—Ed. G.]

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SUNDAY GROG-SELLING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 287, 8 March 1881

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SUNDAY GROG-SELLING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 287, 8 March 1881