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LICENSING COMMITTEE., Issue 7924, 4 June 1889
The annual meeting of the Port Chalmers Licensing Committee was held at the. Courthouse at noon to-day; present—Dr Drysdale (chairman), Captain J. Veal, Messrs £. 6. Allen, li. J. Pnllar, N. C. Schumacher. POLICE REPORT. The Chairman read the report from Sergeant Mulville, which stated that during the past year the licensed houses in the borough had been well conducted. During the year there were only twenty arrests for drunkenness, while in the previous year there were forty-nine, showing a decrease ef twenty-nine. RENEWALS, George Chick, eleven o’clock license for Chick’s Hotel,—ln answer to the Bench, Sergeant Mulville stated that the fire escapes to the whole of the houses were satisfactory. —The Chairman said that it was almost unnecessary for special applications for eleven o’clock licenses, as that was one of the principles of the Committee.— Granted.
Thomas M'Guire, George Hotel,—Application for eleven o’clock license,—Sergeant Mulville stated that the house, which was in excellent repair, had changed hands during the last fortnight.—The license was § ranted, the chairman remarking that no oubt an application for a transfer would be made in the course of a few days. The following applications for eleven o'clock licenses were also granted-.—John Cooper, Commercial Hotel; William .J, Waters, Port Chalmers Hotel | Katherine M. Cash, Provincial Hotel; Robert Sharp, Marine Hotel; David Leach, Railway Hotel. The Chairman intimated that the lamps in front of the whole of the licensed booses were to be kept lit until 11 p.m. BOTTLE LICENSES. Bottle licenses were granted to Matilda Ritchie, John Mitchell, and Edward Sutton. chairman’s adoress. This being the whole of the business, the Chairman said: It may not be out of place on this occasion to make a few remarks with regard to the views held by the Committee and the line of policy we have decided te adopt. Firstly, we arc strongly of opinion that the machinery of the Licensing Act was never intended by the Legislature for the suppression or obliteration of whftt is called the liquor traffic, but rather with a view to its proper regulation and restriction within due limits. We therefore consider that no person who is notoriously pledged to do his utmost to abolish the traffic should be eligible for a seat on the Licensing Bench, and that the Licensing Act ought to be forthwith amended in this direction. It is a manifest injustice to which no other trade or industry is subjected that the followers of an occupation which is directly countenanced by the State should nevertheless be compelled annually to fight, as it were, for their bare lives in order to prevent the occupation of this Bench by men pledged to do their utmost to effect their ruin. And to add to the hardship these unfortunates are not permitted to stand in their own defence, bnt are compelled to lay themselves under an obligation to any five citizens whom they can find possessed of suffioient moral courage to waive the obloquy supposed by many otherwise sensible people to attach to such a position. Personally, I will say that had I not aa innate love of fair play, nothing would ever induce me to subject myself to the vilification with which since first I stood as a candidate I have been assailed in certain quarters whence better things might have been expected, to say nothing of a not inconsiderable pecuniary loss. Having said ss much on this side of the question, we wish it to be none the less understood that we shall, to the best of our judgment and ability guard and protect what we consider to be the interest of the public, and lend our aid, iu so far as possible, to the cause of order and sobriety. With these objects in view, we hereby urge upon the police to exercise strict supervision over the licensed houses, with the view of detecting and punishing any breach of the Act, such as selling after hours, Sunday trading, and particularly gambling. Finally, with regard to that bone of contention the bottle license, the Committee do not feel called upon to express an opinion favorable or the reverse as to the desirability of the system. Probably, indeed, our individual opinions as members would differ. But, however that may be, we are absolutely unanimous on this point—viz., that so long as the system exists in this immediate neighborhood, and so long as liquor hawking—for it amounts to that—from Dunedin and elsewhere cannot be stopped (and os the late Committee, which was practically a Blue Ribbon Committee, did not put a stop to it, I think we are justified in assuming that it cannot be stopped) I say, so long as this state of things continues, we are distinctly of opinion that a policy which would deprive the town; of : a considerable amount of revenue, or which would drive away trade, while it would not help the cause of temperance, nor lessen the consumption of drink by one bottle, would be nothing less than an idiotio and suicidal policy. We have therefore, as yon have seen, issued these licenses &s formerly.
LICENSING COMMITTEE., Issue 7924, 4 June 1889
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