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THE NO-LICENSE PARTY.

(To the Editor.) Sir, —I feel I should be neglecting a public duty if I did not, with your kind permission, try to enlighten D. V. V. and others a little more. "While we live, let ■ us live," is sufficiently expressive without r adding "and let others live," as he sugs gests to mc. When lie said "we," I, of * course, took him to mean himself arid all others. If, however, he thinks the words suggested would make the position T clearer, I will "echo" his opinion readily. Does "the Trade," however, which he champions, adopt this fully as its motto f Let the inquests, asylums, prisons, etc., answer. It is because it is such a death . dealing monopoly that the No-license . leagues are working for its suppression, . and if D. V. V. does not know this, his . leading must be very limited. If D. V. V. . wiH take the trouble to read my letter t more carefully, he will see that I refer . to his statement about the employment , of Prohibitionists with ail "if." It is apparently a fact that many employers (and those not always abstainers themselves) refuse to employ persons in responsible situations who "habitually use strong liquors as beverages." I did not and do not suggest that moderate men should be refused such employment; but if it is found in practice that such a rule should obtain for good public reasons, -why should D. V. V. not be satisfied with practical results? Yes; reflection is" very much needed, and the public (not Xo-license people only) will not be satisfied with such arrangements as unnecessarily run risks of life and property such as we see re- , ported in almost every day's news. Again, if D. V. V. will reflect a little • more and read carefully he would be more exact in his criticisms. Does he not know that "temperance organisation," "temperance literature," and the temperance movement altogether means total abstiuencfs for the individual and prohibition by the State—the one by pereuaßion, the other by legislation? Does he not knovf that tho No-license party absolutely refused to agree with the late Premier's proposal o£ the celebrated "Clause 9"—a proposal backed by the "Trado": "Xo-license, no liquor"? And why? Because, whilst it is wise and politic to prohibit the common sale of the drug alcohol, it is not politic to interfere with tho liberty of the people to that extent. It is true that a small knot of Prohibitionists disagree with this, but these have been consistently opposed, and its chief leader is excluded deliberately and almost unanimously from our party organisation. I am sorry to say so, but the reading of D. V. V.'s letter suggests a determined attempt to twiet the meaning of mine. The word temperate is differently used by D. V. V. and myself. To be "in tho habit of using alcoholic beverages" may be temperate or intemperate. "Alcohol is a deadly drug, usually diluted largely, and if regularly or habitually used as a beverage is well-known to be highly injurious, and is intemperate; but even its use as a medicine and other similar uses in special cases is risky, not a matter to dogmatiee about, but is certainly open to discussion, and those temperance men who hold honestly to the opinion for total abstinence in any and every form have a very strong backing in the medical profession. Why, therefore, should D. V. V. so fanatically rail against this class of persons, who, to say the least, are as respectable and law-abiding as the "Trade"? I notice that John Macdonald is also surprised to find the Xolicense advocates so reasonable in their platform. In reply to all sufh, let mc add, in conclusion, we seek riot to compel anybody to be total abstainers. We seek to persuade by reasonable and solid arguments that drink as well as food is a matter for temperate md careful consideration, and that total abstainers set a good example in this direction; but whether total abstainers or not, Nolicense leagues, which are composed of both classes, exist for the purpose of putting an end to the traffic which has such a hold upon this community, and which always seeks to dominate both private enterprises and political movements, concerning itself for its own terriblo monopoly only. Now, whilst the Mo-license leagues altogether disapprove of any party boycotting temperate men who are proved reliable, it is well known that very frequently temperate men who do not believe in the habitual use of alcoholic liquor are boycotted by the Trade, and if l>. V. V. doos not know this he can easily ascertain. Why, some of these people oven sneer at the colour of a man's tie, as if black was the badge of total abstainers (blue is the badge of a section; I know of no other badge). But then these fanatical people aro hot to be seriously considered by reasonable, temperate, moderate, rational, soberminded men. If the "Trade" will only adopt our common motto in a seiloua way, we shall live bonest, sober, and kindly lives, and eurely this is something to be aimed at by nil right-minded people. So "wiiUt we live, let us live," not riotously, of course, but temperately, and do unto others as we -would havo them do to us. —I am, etc., DUM VI VIM US VIVAMUS No. 2. [This correspondence is now clo3ed.

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THE NO-LICENSE PARTY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 77, 31 March 1909

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