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What about the revenue? How is the million pounds at present received from the liquor traffic to be made up. and., where are ws to get the £250,000 annual payment involved in the £4,500,000 to be paid in order to secure immediate Prohibition? The answer is simple. Five million pounds was the amount-of last year's drink bill. If diverted into legitimate trade channels this sum will, on the accepted method of calculation, produce £780,000. The saving in the annual cost of prisons, police, charitable aid, etc., will be at least £810,000. The loss would thus be £1,250,000; but the gain would be £1,590,000, even without taking into- account the admitted fact that the indirect cost of the liquor traffic is at least equal to the direct cost. 'Add to this the gain in production from increased efficiency and every patriotic New Zealander must come to the conclusion that there is only one course for him to follow next Thursday—strike out the top line! 4

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9579, 5 April 1919

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THE PROHIBITION POLL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9579, 5 April 1919