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Out of a mass of figures contained in a Parliamentary return may be gathered some idea of what the average New Zealander eatp, drinks and smokes, at any rate so far as certain articles in common use are concerned. From this it appears that last year the population consumed 647,155 gallons of spirits, at a coßt of .£1 19s 4d for every adult in the community. The tobacco that went up into smoko weighed ],955,563 pounds, or 7.43 lb per head, and at a cost per head of £1 5a lOd. This does not include cigars, cigarettes, and sauff, •which cost the community 8s 5d per head. Turning to wine, it is found that 120,120 gallons were consumed, at a cost of Is 2|d of | the male and female population over fifteen years of age, which also spent 8s 5d a head on ale and beer, while the sum of Is l-}-d ■ per head of the total population, including Maoris, was spent on tea. Only a penny three farthings per head of the whole popnlation was spent on coffee, coooa and chicory, but the consumption of sugar went up to the large total of 94,522,080 pounds, or 104,9 per head, and averaging 4s 2£d for every man, woman and child in the colony. Finally, the figures show that the male and female population of the colony over fifteen years spent 3s 3d a head on New Zoaland brewed beer. For Children's Hacking Cough at Night Woods' Great Peppermint Cure, Is 6d THE beiat thing on Washing tDay— "PAJMUI" Fluid

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6614, 6 July 1905

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6614, 6 July 1905