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Sib,—Your correspondent " Total Abstainer " eurely does aot expect to be taken seriously. When I read his first letter, wherein he estimates your goodness by his " vast experience," I, with an incredulous shrug, not as to your goodness, but to your correspondent's judgment, threw the letter into the waste basket. In Saturday's issuo, however, he expresses surprise that any one should attempt; to answer his arguments against Prohibition ; arguments that were a masterpiece of reasoning, based upon a wonderful store of knowledge, and dictated by rare wisdom. He tells you that ho is a '• Total Abstainer " of many years standing, but he " prefers black currant wine to black ourrant tarts." His reason is so profound that I am unable to follow it. What does he mean when he Bays " my principal objection to Prohibition is founded in Nature, and is therefore unanswerable ?" Again, your correspondent says that " When I was young, Prohibition was an unknown quantity." If he means your readers to take him seriously he is a very funny man, and he has come from a very funny place. All toy life I have been subject to limitation?, nearly every one of which spells Prohibition. I know of other limitations too. Thirty-five years ago, in London, I stood beside the lifeless form of a drunkard's wife, starved and beaten to death. Is that too recent for your correspondent's daya when he was young ? Was Prohibition an unknown quantity in that poor creature's experience. Thirty years ago a young woman was oharged and convicted at the Surrey Sessions Court, London, with stealing articles of f<>od from a shop window. When aßked what she had to gay against being pronounced, she said—" My parents and little brothers and sisters were hungry,' and she burst into tears. Was Prohibit:on, "an unknown quantity " in her case ? I ! could multiply such oases. But yonr cor- j respondent says "In the days when I was younger," i.e., days of long ago. When Job lived, he complained that " the earth is given into the hands of wicked men." Why was the complaint made? Because Prohibition wbb not'" an unknown quantity " Is that too recent for " Total Abetainer?" Since then, in some of the chief Eeats of Government, we have had aOyrus, a Gimon, a Regulus, an Alfred, a Washington, a Lincoln, a Victoria, or an Edward. VII; in their administrations of Govern ment, was . Prohibition an unknown quantity ? Your correspondent, certainly cannot be taken seriously. In these days of compulsory education, because we prohibit ignoranoe, is " nature " outraged ? Some one has said that " liberty is a'Divine thing, but Libarty, when it becomes liberty to starve, U not Liberty." In other words, the same writer has said " Prohibition is a wise prerogative." As the world gets better, and as we grow older, it will never never again, be true that Prohibition is " an unknown quantity."—! am, etc, PRE3AGBR.

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TEMPERANCE ORATORY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905

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TEMPERANCE ORATORY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905

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