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Sib, —It is not often that the outside public are made aware of any decision or determination come to by a judicial body, such as the Licensing Committee, days before the appointed day for the Committee to meet to hear and determine upon new applications for licenses. I refer to the publican’s license applied for by the secretary of the Exhibition, Mr D. Harris Hastings, it is stated, I know it comes from a source that knows that the Licensing Committee intend to adjourn the application to a further day if any opposition is made, and grant this license in a manner they know not yet how. The Committee, through their chairman, expressed themselves In this fashion at their last quarterly meeting: “ I may say the Committee are unanimous 1m saying that they propose to carry out the law exactly as it stands in its entirety, and with care and attention." If these are the views hold by the Committee, it seems to me queer that on this the first occasion they meet, after giving expression to these views, they should be anxious to do what tlip Licensing Act gives them no power to do, and tbps at the earliest occasion stultify themselves by not " Parrying out the law exactly as it stands in its entirety.” The chairman of the Committee further stated that “the Committee are fully alive to the fact that there are at present too many hotels ip Dunedin, and would gladly see a considerable number of them closed | but they respect the vested rights of property-holders.” Too many hotels, and wo would gladly spe a considerable number of them closed I said they three months ago j now they say i We will add to their number, if wo can. Ordinary persons would suppose that if there are too many hotels, we need » large influx of visitors to furnish sufficient custom to the hotels now existing j not to intensify the admittedly overdone state of the trade by adding two more to enter into competition with those now existing* The chairman says that the Committee “resbeat the vested rights of property-holders. What vested right has Mr Hastings acquired in the Exhibition that a publican’s license should be granted him ? or »s he a dummy put forward in the interests of (mme persons that have acquired “ the vested rights of property-holders, sacred in the eyes of the Committee, which tp them no doubt is of more importance than giving effect to the ratepayers’ vote that no licenses are to be Increased.—l am, etc., A Late Believer in Stout. Dunedin, Juno 4.

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