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THE BARS AT THE EXHIBITION., Issue 7909, 17 May 1889
THE BARS AT THE EXHIBITION.
TO THE EDITOR, Sir,— The more I reason with myself the more perplexed the thought becomes how it is that the Commissioners of the Dunedin Exhibition can so far forget the honorable position they assume, and allow their better judgment to be governed by their inferior judgment by ignoring and treating with contempt the feelings of the total abstinence party, whom I have presumption ensugh to say, if the City was properly canvassed, would be the majority of the citizens. The Commissioners are not ignorant of that fact I feel sure, and yet they will defy us, who
have only the welfare of the community at heart, and persist in having nothing more nor less than another hotel, and that to be placed in the most conspicuous place in the Exhibition—so the specifications for tenders state; but the temperance bars are to be in the Exhibition or in the grounds! Mark that, ye temperance public ! Also the temperance shareholders, what say have they ? None, say the Commissioners, we are the rulers, not you teetotal fanatics; you must be content by making our sons sober and by getting our wives and daughters to join your Unions. Methinks many will exclaim many sons will require sobering, and probably fathers too, through the whisky bar being in the Exhibition, For, bear in mind readers, it is for the genteel drinkers. Not by any means is the bar to be in the most prominent place for the man who will be looked-up and brought before the J.P. Oh, no, it is not such a one who supports the whisky bar. It has got afloat somehow that the Women’s Christian Temperance Union were likely to tender for the temperance bars, hence the reason for such caution in preparing the specifications. How kind and considerate of the Commissioners. Our Union, I feel certain, is grieved they cannot tender for these bars, and be allotted a place in the grounds. Woe is me for the whisky bars if they did. Will some generoushearted abstainer come forward with the cash ? when the difficulty will be at once removed, so as to render them able to tender for the temperance bars. It is not because the women have not sufficient courage; the “Master” they serve makes them brave and fearless, for their cause is a noble one, a self-sacrificing one, and an honest one. Can the same be said of the whisky bars ? Let the drinker’s wife and children answer this question ; they alone can answer it truly.—l am, etc., W.C.T.U. Dunediu, May 6. TO THB EDITOR. Sib, —I find that there is considerable dissatisfaction with the conditions for tenders for temperance refreshments, and no wonder. 1 think it may fairly be assumed that the specifications are drawn in such a manner as to discourage anyone from tendering. In addition to the objections already urged by your correspondents, I will mention another, which, to my mind, is of itself sufficient to deter anyone with anything to lose from tendering. The specifications state that the temperance refreshment bar is to be located in the Exhibition Buildings or grounds. This is not specific enough. Why should notthis particular clause read the same as the one referring to the whisky bars, which state that they (2) are to be placed in a prominent position in the Exhibition. Comparing the clauses of the specifications, I think any unbiassed person must admit that the same encouragement is not given to the temperance refreshment bar tenderer as is given to the whisky bar tenderer. This should not be. Tea, coffee, aerated waters, etc,, should hare the same chance of sale as the more injurious alcoholic beverages. If the Commissioners want tenders for the temperance bars, I trust they will amend the specifications at once ; if they do not, plainly and straight I say they do not mean to give any encouragement to non-alcoholic refreshment bars.—l am, etc,, M. Dunedin, May 15,
THE BARS AT THE EXHIBITION., Issue 7909, 17 May 1889
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