THE DRINK TRAFFIC.
TO THE EDITOK j ■Sml~~The correspondence on the drink traffic seems to have taken a personal turn. M* Buttle takes the opportunity ■oi pointing out an inconsistency and tne upholders of the "traffic jump on him. It might be well to learn what the people
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of the district in which deceased lived have to say. Had the inqubSt been held in the district, had the deceased's employer been , communicated with as to the removal .of I the body, had the minister of the district 1 been informed of the funeral, .things might have appeared in a rather different light. Deceased's habits were well-known, and while it is the effect of Gospel lernperance to beget a strong desire to save the drunkard, and to show regard even for his mortal remains, the day is going past when the public will approve of verdicts that blink the main facts of the cas», "Fatty degeneration of the heart," "Apoplexy/ 1 etc., anything to make it look well. A man deliberately .drinks laudanum or chlorodyne, and there is no hiding of the fact, but when he has acquired a taste for imbibing alcohol, and lias been supplied with it against hisemployer's ordeis, the public must be hoodwinked. And this in the name of "Charity." In this connection permit me to, quote some very pertinent remarks from one of the late Mrs Booth's "practical Religion" addresses. "Christians of England! the time has come when to trim on this drink question is the highest treason to the cause , of Christ, and the grossest inhumanity to Buffering, perishing millions; Tell me no more of " Charity " towards brewers, distillers, and publicans. Your false charity to these has already consigned millions to an untimely hell. Tell;us not of a charity that takes sides with the Pharisees who devour widow's houses, and leaves the poor victim of avarice to groan, and suffer, and die. Tell us not of charity that would hays welded the shackles on 3 millions of slaves in America yonder, rather than have disturbed the comfort and impoverished the wealth of a Jew rich planters. Such charity savoureth of*the old serpent its speech bewrayeth it." And more to the same effect "Charity" may attempt to defend the drink traffic, but he will not succeed in stifling public opinion, or preventing the real facts from coming ont. I am etc., ■■.' ■■-• G.T.
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THE DRINK TRAFFIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2560, 3 November 1890
THE DRINK TRAFFIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2560, 3 November 1890
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