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Sib,—Duripg the past twelve months the practice of sly grog selling has been brought most prominently before the public by medium of the Court, and the publication of reports of such proceedings m the newspapers. In a few of the cases brought before the Court the accused have been convicted and fined, while again quite a number have escaped the penalty of the law, although the offence of selling liquor without a license was well-known by police and public. In every case where a fine has been imposed, the guilty parties have been found out by their own indiscretion ; but not so with the cunning and discreet individuals who are engaged m this illegal and degrading trade. They have wen posted on watch for the police, and it can be safely presumed that they hare secret store rooms for the liquor and a private means of bringing it into the county to escape the vigilance of the police. Viewed from a sensible stand point, ifc is rather surprising that the sly grogging fraternity are enabled to gull a section of the community m the manner they have done m face of the vile stuff they sell at such a high profit under the name of beer and whiskey. Several cases m which men have been rendered seriously ill and have been under medical treatment for some time as a result of drinking " doctored whiskey " m sly grog shops, have become known to the public despite tha fact that the most stringent means were adopted with a view to keeping these ugly stories hushed up. The quality of the liquor sold is so well-known that further comment is unnecessary. In conclusion, a few figures regarding the sly grog selling from a finan-> cial aspect should provo interesting. A ten gallon keg or beer to one the fraternity is a valuable asset, For sixpence a customer is provided with a " pony " glass of beer, or m other words he pays at the rate of 2s 6d per pint, which, figured out, means a return to the sly grogger of 20s per gallon for the pure beer. When the large quantity of water used m adulterating the liquor is taken into consideration, the profit, of course, is much greater. The whiskey sold, brings m to the dispenser an equal revenue, and although the stuff sold 13 m the first place cheap and nasty, it undergoes a special treatment of adulteration, while it is rumoured that at several establishments the proprietors are the possessors o£ a recipe which enables them to manufacture the liquor on the premises by the use of fusel oil and methylated spirits and other such like ingredients—the more fiery the better, That sly grog selling is a dirty and contemptible business, will be ad* rnitted even by these who have been m the habit of frequenting the shops, Thanking you m anticipation—l am, etc, Common Sense.

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SLY GROG DEALING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6570, 15 May 1905

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SLY GROG DEALING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6570, 15 May 1905

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