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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —Is it because of the agitation for the prohibition of the liquor traffic being so much to tho fore of late that has led to the roll stuffing so energetically engaged in ju3t now ? If this is the cause, the sooner this question is relegated to the people the better. This liquor question is essentially the people's question—a social question all are interested in, for it affects all, men or women, rich or poor. Our legislators should, during the next session, see that this disturber of oar municipal politics is shunted on this broad gauge of male and female franchise. Then, possibly, we might have little to fear from roll stuffing. Ido not know that this Prohibition question is the factor, but perhaps the two foremost champions of the trade and prohibition parties (I refer to Messrs Dawson and Jago) could enlighten us; they can from all accounts. The first-named, I understand—heorhis firm—applied to have sixplacedupon the roll for various departments of the brewery, and Mr Jago, I see—according to your report of tho West Harbor Municipal Council meeting—has been convicted or scratched for being a dummy. What these two "shining lights "could divulge should be good reading—oblige us, friends, I am sure the public will be grateful. If they of their own free will will not oblige us, sir, send your interviewer; I am sure the "copy" will be worth your while, and amuse and, perhaps, instruct us. I would suggest that you should publish all the applicants' names, and their qualifications that they seek to be enrolled for, and the owners' names as well. Bona fido applicants and owners would not object, and I think the " dummies" would have learnt such a lesson as they would not be likely to forget. The bona fide ratepayers I am sure would feel indebted to you for so doing.—l am, etc., Ratepayer. Dunedin, May 17.

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PUT THE DUMMIES IN THE STOCKS., Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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PUT THE DUMMIES IN THE STOCKS. Evening Star, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889