Sir George Trevelyan, M.P., on Prohibition.
SirG. O. Trevelyan, M.P., m pursuance of an engagement with the Harborough Division Liberal Association, recently addressed a mass meeting m the Leicester Temperance Hall. He said : " I think it is right that, the people and not the nominee magistrates should have the control of the morality cf the streets m which they lived, and should be able to say whether or not they want public-houses next door. I stand before you a land ord, and rather a considerable specimen of the class—(laughter)—and on the estate where I consider myself a steward for the benefit of the people who live upon it. On that eatat for forty years there have been no
puhlic-houses. I should indeed be ashamed after paying wages to my neighbors who do the work on my property— I should be ashamed, I say, after paying them these wages to get back 30 per cent of those wages from them m the shape of large rent which I draw from public-houses, that would be rented at six times what they were worth. But if I should be ashamed of doing that, I should be fifty times more ashamed, if I thought it was right to do away with these publichouses, of asking for compensation out of the rates. I know when I hear those arguments of the House of Commons what is the truth of this question, , for I live m a community where the working classes are more prosperous than the middle class, and where the middle class are, I believe, more prosperous than the upper class—(cheers)—^wher'e, for forty years, the men saved money out of their excellent Northumbrian wages; and where when a man dies now he leaves lots of money, and where a man has no temptation to go from his own house, because the house is not only a capital house, which I should not mind living m myself, but it is well furnished out of the money that would otherwise hare gone to the publichouse ; where, out of the scholars m a large school, there is not one child that is not well clothed, well shod, and as far as I can see, well fed and happy and full of spirit. All this has been done because forty years ago there was a landlord who owned the soil and who was determined to have no public-house. What I ask is why that which m this case was done by the man who owned the soil should not m all other cases be done by those who have a far greater right to speak—that is, the majority of the people who live there.— (Loud applause.)"
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890
Sir George Trevelyan, M.P., on Prohibition. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890
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