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On the subject of an increased liquor consumption the London " Observer "writes :— The surprise which has been expressed m some quarters at the statistics given m. Mr Goschen's statement as to the largely increased consumption of alcholic liquors during the past financial year is certainly a very ingenious notion. It is, however, only the natural successor of the equally innocent belief that the decline m the revenue from this source m previous years was not due to the general depression of trade, and consequent shrinkage m the earnings of the working classes, but to the spread of teetotalism among the people. It should, of course, have been referred to the former, and not to the latter cause, and with the revival of prosperity, therefore, an increase m the receipts of the Exchequer from the brewers and distillers is no more than was to be expected. At the same time there is no reason why anybody but a teetotaler who regards the consumption of alcoholic liquors as a sin itself, should be disturbod by a phenomenon which does not at all necessarily indicate any growth of intemperate habits among the population. The " habitual drunkard " is, m fact, the last person to be affected by good or bad times, either m one direction or the other. Under both dispensations he will usually contrive to find the wherewithal to intoxicate himself. It is only the moderate drinker., who consents to deny himself the luxury of beer or spirits when times are bad m "order that he may have money for necessaries; and the increase m the alcohol revenue merely means that a large number of persons are again able to indulge themselves m a luxury which they use without abusing. There is now to be seen m the shop window of Messrs J. Scaly and Co., East street, a collection of apples showing some of the sorts grown at the Nurseries, Riverbank, that will repay inspection by any one who contemplates planting fruit plants. There are upwards of fifty different kinds shown, all valuable, long keeping sorts. For size, color, and general excellence they are by far the finest that have been shown m Ashburto hisseason.—(Advt) n PRELIMINARY ADVERTISEMENT. Timber Business AND VALUABLE LEASEHOLD PREMISES. For Sale by Public Auction m the latter end of the month of August, 1890. MR D. THOMAS has received m- ! structions from Mb J. G. Rbstell to Sell as above by Public Auction, His valuable Borough Lease for 13 years, upon which are erected comfortable offices, and all the shed room required for carrying on a large business. The Lease and Good Will of the Timber Busines to be sold m one lot. A grand chance for an energetic man. D. THOMAS Auctioneer. " "" IN BANKRUPTCY. TO FELLMONGERS AND OTHERS. D THOMAS has received instructions . from the Deputy Official Assignee m Ihe Insolvent Estate of C. Homursham, of Ashburton, Fellmonger, to Sell by Public Auction (on the ground) on MONDAY, 11th AUGUST, 1890, At half-past two o'clock, p.m., The Equity of Redemption of R.S. 23096, containing 26 acres, more or less, upon which are erected all the Buildings that are necessary for the carrying on of a large and successful business. ALSO— Q Bales Slipe WOOL. -| O Bags Slipe WOOL. 1 OH Drying SHEETS--I -J JT New WQOLPACKS. Avery Weighing Machine, Wheelbarrow, Casks, Sundries, &c, &c. ALSO— Q COWS. Terms at Sale. ■D. THOMAS,

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2478, 30 July 1890

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2478, 30 July 1890