A Teetotaller's Views of the Old Country.
;. .'.■ " — v ■ We have been asked to republish from the " Temperance Herald "the following letter, dated from Newcastle on Tyne, ■p. ..■• ..] -.'-i-i--re the writer,' Mr Isaac "'■ : \ ■••:■, ■"> of Ashburton, is at present residing, and addressed to a friend in New Zealand :—
"You would see by the local papers that after being out at, sea a few days the steamer broke down, but after our second start and a few days' storm, things went on in the usual way that they do on board ship. I arrived home on July 3rd, and met with the kindest reception from my friends. I found things much altered ; the towns and villages greatly enlarged, very few of my old companions living, and those who are living greatly changed. I was struck with the great amount of fVinlcoTinr~« p.id Mr^^li'yVisible in the -T ■- ■>. (■■'!',!' < ii , ;■. ;!,.-. MpcN'"f pity; you see them ■'■ '•' ■■■.jr.:!;-. if n ■■::■. i ■ into the gin shops, and their dejected and ragged looks show the sad effects following from such a course. Womei^go into suchdens with as-little shame as if they were going into a provision shop. Our Temperance friends are doing all that men can do to counteract the evil. , There is a Band of Hope in nearly every church in town and the villages about. Most churches have nn'ssion rooms in the lowest parts of the town, and each mission room has -its Band of Hope. Two 5 adult: Temperance meetings are held weekly... Ministers are alive to *the vice, and I often hear them refer in their sermons to the prevalence of drinking. Shortly after I arrived I went with a friend to a meetingof Temperance workers ; they went in 1 a body and presented a petition to the Magistrates against granting licenses ; jit' was presented,by the Rev Dr Rotlierford: who, in his address, showed most cl^ariy the doings of drink in town. ' The address" ( .was listened to with respect and admira-, by all,'and it had its effect ; only one 'application out of many was granted. There has of late been a decrease of public hotiaes, but the existing ones' Have \:"v'V-: <"1 their bars to a great length, ". :i ::. ■>■?}■ ~v.-r.~?.~\'-~.v is?as great as before. <>■ . m:: ■}.<, i.ight the glare of them is the only tiling that strikes one, and they are filled with customers. There is more drinking going on than one could think possible. Trade is "fairlygood, and extra drinking is the result. I soon found out the Good Templars and have visited several Lodges, and I find the Lodges well conducted. I joined the Perseverance Lodge, No. 1772, and I am pleased with the members. I need not tell you that I often think of New Zealand friends, for it is impossible not to remember with pleasure the genuine worth of you all, and the respect' with which you always treated me."
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A Teetotaller's Views of the Old Country., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890
A Teetotaller's Views of the Old Country. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2425, 9 May 1890
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