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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —Will you kindly allow me space m your columns to explain the one-sided statement made by the No-License Council of Ashburton m Thursday's isuse of the Guardian re Police versus myself (E. J. Smith), m which the No-License party claim (1) that I did evade the requirements of the Act by Bending liquor into a NoLicense district, (2) that I knew my license did not permit of such a practice. From this it would seem that the members of the No-License party do not know exactly what they are talking about as the evidence m my case clearly showed that I did not evade, neither had I any intention of evading the law. All liquor sent by me into a No-License district was duly entered into an order book kept for the purpose and left open for inspection to the police. It was inspected by Sergeant Fouhy and His Worship (Mr C. A. Wray), and notice of orders for liquor were always sent to the clerk of the Ashburton Court as the Act requires ; but because these notices were a few days late m several instances, prosecution followed. I may here say that the License Act v states clearly that all Licensed persons sending liquor into a NoLicense district shall notify the Court, but it does not specify any particular time that such notice shal Ibe sent. Re sending liquor into a No-Licensa district, the NoLicense Council states that I wa3 aware that my lioense did not permit me doing so. The Act again plainly shows the way m which the No-License Council is attempting to mislead the public. My Accommodation "License and all such Licenses, as far as I know, provide the right to the holder to sell liquor m any quantity on the premises for which such license is granted. I here claim that when a man,, sends the money and for liquor from a No-License district, the sale takes place on the premises. It appears to me that the No-License party m not satisfied with one man one vote, but now desires the power to judge all cases connected with the liquor traffic with a view to committing a person whether he is guilty or otherwise, Thanking you for space and hoping that some more able pen j than mine will take the matter up.—l am, etc., Ernest Jas. Smith. Rangitata, May 11th, 1905.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6570, 15 May 1905

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RECENT SLY GROG SELLING TRIALS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6570, 15 May 1905