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Mrs Harrison Lee Cowie gave an address in tbe Oddfellows' Hall, Aka roa, last night

Mrs Harrison Lee Cowie, who was introduced by the chairman (Mr G. Armstrong) referred in the first part of her Bpeech to an advertisement in the local paper, which stated that 10,000 people visited Akaroa last season, and each one averaged tbe expenditure of £4. She had made extensive enquiries from all kinds of people to test tbe truth of this statement, and from no one could she get it authenticated. She learned that 600 bad come by the Maori each trip, but, as they returned by the Maori tbe same day, they could not possibly have spent £4 each. The advertisement also made out these people would cease to come if the bars were closed. This makes it appear as though the only attraction was the liquor, whereas she contended that just as many people would come if the bars were closed, because of the natural beauty and attractiveness, of Akaroa The money spent in the bars could be saved to spend with the other tradespeople. This belief was borne out by experience of Stewart Island, where there is no bar, and yet the number of tourists are increasing every year. Invercargill, which voted no license nine years ago, bas had to build a large temperance hotel to accommodate tbe travelling public. In Maine, where prohibition has been ruling for over 50 years, tbe tourist traffic also increases every year. The results of nolicenpe in Invercargill

briefly told are decreased rate?, da crime, decreased poverty, ie« O'eaaud prosperity,' increased petfcle. meat, and certainly increased bixppi •jssi. ■ Clutha, which is under no license, has been fifty one weeks with Oit an occupant of the lockup. Oaroarn dosed its gaol by Royal Pro olamation last year Masterfcon Court sittings have been reduced innee nolicense from 119 to 87. Ohinemuri has had only two convictions* for drunkencess from January to Judo. '■ The whole world was warring against the liquor traffic to day. America bas banished it from her navy, and Ruesia and Germany, had combined in warring againq? this common foe. Bs'giura olooßd all hpr liquor hars when the war broke out. Onr own troopships eloped the bars, and when Bamoa was taken we enforced as her first law prohibition. All these things showed the trend of the times

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PROHIBITION A SUCCESS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3445, 13 October 1914

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PROHIBITION A SUCCESS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3445, 13 October 1914

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