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Sir William Fox, as president of the New Zealand Alliance, has forwarded to the Exhibition Commissioners the following protest against the sale of intoxicants within the Exhibition Gentlemen,—We beg respectfully to address to you a few words in support of the application made to you by a deputation of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union requesting that no provision should be made for the sale of intoxicating liquors at the Exhibition. It appears from a report in the Dunedin Star of what passed on the occasion that no positive reply was given, but that by a majority of one the subject was deferred for a fortnight, on the motion of Sir Robert Stout, who expressed himself strongly in favor of the permission of the sale of suqb liquors. As the representatives of a very large body of colonists united to promote the suppression of the liquor traffic, with a subscribing membership of upwards of 3,800 in every part of the colony, including many in Otago, and on behalf of large numbers of others deeply interested in the question, we beg to add our protest against the proposed sale of such liquors at the Exhibition. The introduction of what is practically a public-house bar, or a number of such, into an exhibition established for instruction or competitive purposes can in no way be beneficial nor in accord with any of the objects for which such an institution is inaugurated, and must be offensive to, and in defiance of, the wishes of a very large number of those who will visit it. In reference to the remarks said to have been made by Sir Robert Stout as to the hormlesaness of the introduction of strong drink into the Melbourne Exhibition, we beg to say that we have heard a very different estimate of the effect from persons whose opportunities of judging were quite equal, if not superior, to his.

If the Exhibition had been one supported entirely by local effort and at local cost, we should have doubted the propriety of our interference. But as we understand that a very large sum of colonial money has been promised by the Government to the promoters of the Exhibition, we as taxpayers whose money is taken for the purpose feel that we have a light to he heard ou the matter.

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SALE OF LIQUOR AT THE EXHIBITION., Issue 7906, 14 May 1889

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