THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC.
TO THE kpjXOß+r.: '^irAff - Ser,^-I iiaV^no doubt buY ih'ail|;he leadingt'article !which appea)r6d ift Tuesday night's Hssue, f2?fl;Direbt'^yetoob' [the Licensing of Public Houses,:''!»nHi IliifI.|e* ceived by all those taking an interes^ jn the Temperance cause Srith'mftny thanks. Altliougli the Direct' Vofcb is not altogetlicr wj»at.we should wish, it is a step iU'tlie adfthi; direction. It is no use attempting to go in for tho whole hog or none : if wo wish to obtain the object W\
aye in view, we must be satisfied by getting up one step at a time, we shall then gain what we are fighting for in far less time than by trying to jump to the top of the tree at one bound. Your idea of giving a fixed time of grace before the withdrawal of license takes place, is well worthy the consideration of all well ' wishers to the temperance cause; but : J what I contend for is to amend the Voting Act, so as to allow those on the electoral , roll to vote for members of the Licensing Committees ; that would certainly go a long way towards solving the problem. I was also very pleased .to see that the , -Rev. Mr Buttle . had taken up the cudgels in defence of the Temperance . ' cause. It behoves every mmister of religion to fight against the liquor traffic, considering that it is one of ,the greatest evils upon the face of the earth. I believe Parliament meets about the ; ■ Middle of next month, therefore it is time to be up and doing, and," as.Mr Buttle ■ says,' show Government by some tangible means the real necessity of such a Bill being carried. Let the Good Templar Order and other Temperance Bodies go in and show our members, of Parliament we, t mean it. I must again press upon. those 'that are not on the electoral roll the real ' ( and urgent necessity of getting their ; , names, registered at once. The Good .',': Templar ; Order of Ashburton takes the . , .lead'in numbers, according to the popu- ■ lation, of < any other district in New, Zealand. It would therefore be as well
■to still further exert; themselves and have 1 > the honor of being the first district in New '•' Zealand that can say—l^e have done away ■ • with the liquor shop's in the district. Our• member for Ashburfcdn not having voted on our side in Parliament last session, it will be as well to look up .some other niore suitable member to represent us for the future. Register your votes. ' I am, etc., ,■'■: ;. .' . ■ ' ' Templar. Hampstead, May 14th. . r
DR ELMSLIE AND SOCIALISM.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir, —Your correspondent " Socialist" must be very dense or very dishonest, otherwise he could not have so thoroughly misinterpreted Dr Elmslie's views,. Because, like many others, Dr Elmslie regards' the Utopian ideas of Edward Bellamy as '" idle day /dreams," and .shows the weak points in Temperance Societies and Trades Unions, "Socialist"
practically him with taking no interest in what may be for the welfare of '.' mankind ; and because the Doctor holds
that an equal division of the comforts and luxuries of life to every one born into the ..irorW; would ,be contrary to all the . maxims of justice, he is accused of * teaching a Christianity which, instead of \, being a comfort to the poor, is a salve to consciences of those living in comfortable circumstances. " Socialist" presents an absurd cari- . cature of Christianity, and coolly asserts that this is Christianity according to Dr Elmslie's rendering of it. There was nothing in the sermon to warrant such an imputa- ; tibn. What DrElmslie did say was thatall the human schemes for man's improvement t no "matter hpw good and sincere the motives of their promulgators, would never bring about the milennium that was
expected of them, because they all had one great defect, viz, that they did not touch the root of all evil—man's sinful heart, his pride and lust of power and gain. He claimed that the old evangel ever had done and ever would do this, and that as the whole imclued the,part,'and the greater the less, so Christianity covered all the ground, worked a complete reformation in man,
and gained all the ends ,at which, social reformers generally desirous of bettering $he condition of their fellowinen aimed. But, in setting forth this view, the doctor was most careful not to disparage human schemes for the amelioration of the state of the world provided coercion was not employed, and left it to each man's individual judgment as to their value and claims on nis support. But for himself the doctor, evidently regarding the position of a Christian minister as akin to that of Nehemiah on the wall, preferred to follow in the wake of the Great Apostle,
• and devote the whole of his energies to ' the proclamation and advancement of the one God-giveri scheme for the destruction of all evil, root and branch. This was the gist of Dr. Elmslie's address. So far from preaching a Christianity which would hypocritically tell the starving to be converted, and make no effort to relieve .their needs, he emphatically set before his hearers those principles which have at all times fed the hungry, clothed the poor, and ameliorated the conditions of mankind throughout the world, because they have reached men's hearts and revolutionised their characters.. To oppose a human scheme for improvement is one thing. But to proclaim something else which is able to strike at the root of all evil, and accomplish all that human schemes have in view, and
much more besides, is quite another. "Socialist" is either quite unable to distinguish between these two, or he has wilfully misrepresented what fell from Dr. Elmslie.—l am, etc.,
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THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2430, 15 May 1890
THE LIQUOR TRAFFIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2430, 15 May 1890
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