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The No-License Campaign.

MRS HARBISON LEE'S SUNDAY NIGHT MEETING.

Mrs Harrison Lee, the well-known No-li-ease advocate, addressed a largo audieace in the Ofl U'ollowa' Hall last evouiug. The Ohair was taken by the Ray. W. L. Saltor, while the ftevs. G. B. Inglu and A. Peters also occupied r.oaio oa Lho platform. Mrs Ham son' Leo opened her address by stating that she would pat before her audience tho very strongest plea ot all in favor of No-license aad total abstinence. •She found tha ploa well illustrated in the well-kaowa picture, "His Majesty the Baby." deaiciiag * poliesm.in stopping all the traffij* of a London street to allow a baby boy to cross uunarmed. The strong arm of the law was, as shown m this picture, exerted for tho purpose ot protecting tho young and weak. Ibe result; or No licence would be tho effective safeguarding of " His Majesty the Baby from tin di-iak traffic, bhe drew another illustration from the methods employed in making pood roads. She was told that if a road was well formed in the beginning, it required little attention to keep it in fine order. If tho No-license movemont effected thoroughly all that it bad the , desire and tfae power to do, after generations would find little alteration or improvement necessary on the iNolicense road." On that road little children could walk with safety, sacure trom the pitfalls of the drink traffic. _ In Great Britain the death rate of infants was becoming so enormous that special measures were being taken on the part of the medical fraternity to educate the mothers of the poorer classes in the rearm" of their babies. A card of instructions, distributed by the Registrars of Births m the Old C wn'ry, especially warned mothers against letting the children indulge in cheese, fried fish, gin or beer Jhe speaker e-ave an instance of a little child who had bean brought up by a drunken mother, who did not like the taste of milk unless it had "something out of the bottle" in it. The vote of her hearers at Election Day would not be for Ashburton only, it would be a blow struck at the drink trnffio throughout the Empire. The speaker related an incident where a woman who had lost her husband and five sons through drink, fouud her two remaining sons slipping into drunken habits. She lived in a No-license district, but a publican had started a grog shop just over the border of the district, and there her boys were getting liquor, and going the same way as their father and their five elder brothers had gonp, The woman became desperate and went to the grog shop with a tomahawk and wracked the bu\ She was brought before the Court of Justice and charged with destroying liquor to the value of £10. In defence she toll her story, and asked the presiding Magistrate to bilance the value of the liquor and the value of her husband and her five boys. The Magistrate wiped his eyes, to" get a clearer view of the case, and then dismissed the charge " upon technical grounds." The triumphs of the No-license party in Now Zealand would stir up the people of the Commonwealth of Australia, and after that the people of Great Britain, until they, too, swept the drink traffic out of their borders. The lads and boys of today would be the men of to-morrow, and her hearers must ccc to it that these men did not have their brains befogged by strong drink. The speaker than referred to the experiences of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn Island, where it was early found necessary to piohibit tie manufacture of intoxicating liquors in order to safeguard the existence of the inhabitants of the island. A death penalty was instituted, and proved an effective prohibition. The live 3of the Pitcairn Islanders were clean and their souls were pure, and God in them was all in all. They stood as examples of what tha future children of the Empire will be, when drink is swept out of existence. One thing more must be done before the work of the No-license movement was completed. Her hearers must gives themselves to God, now at once, and become inheritors of the Kingdom of God.

Mrs Harrison-Lee's address wag listened to with great attention, the frequent applause oi: the audience showing the general appreciation oi the speaker's remarks. Tli3 meeting was closed with the singing of the Doxology.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905

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The No-License Campaign. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905

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