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PROHIBITION.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l have often heard the statement repeated by tho pro-liquor men that Prohibition does not prohibit, and that in those American States where prohibitory laws are enacted there is more liquor consumed, and therefore more drunkenness, than in thoße States where the license system prevails. The other day I noticed in an Americen religious newspaper—the ' Apostolic Guide,' of April last—the following testimony on burning question, which I extract for the information of all whom it may concern : —"One of the editors of the 'New York Observer' is on a tour of observation in Kansas, to see how Prohibition works in that rapidly-growing State, Uero is a para-

graph from his pen : 'I have been surprised to find such a unanimity of sentiment among all classes and conditions of men on the general efficiency and permanency of the law. As one man expressed it to me: "There i 9 no more likelihood that Kansas will go back to the license system than there is that the South will go back to slavery." I have met Bcores of personsmerchants, bankers, and solid business men who have told me that they were not in favor of Prohibition when tho question was lirst submitted they fought and voted against it; but now they say they would not bo willing to admit the saloons back on uny terms. They have become so thoroughly convinced of tho good results of the law upon the business interests of the State, as well as upon other interests, that they stand openly and firmly in favor of its continuance' The reason for this change of sentiment, and for the well-nigh unanimous demand for the preservation of tho law which prevails, may readily bo found in Governor Martin's recent message to the Kansas Legislature, January 9, 1889, in which he says: ' Fully nine-tenths of the drinking and drunkenness prevalent in Kansas eight years ago has been abolished, and I affirm with earnestness and emphasis that this State is to-day the most temperate, orderly, sober community of people in the civilised world. The abolition of the saloons has not only promoted the personal happiness and general prosperity of our citizens, but it has enormously diminished crime ; ha 9 rilled thousands of homos (where vice, and want, and wretchedness once prevailed) with peace, plenty, and contentment; and has materially increased tho trade and business of those engaged in the sale of useful articles of merchandise Notwithstanding the fact that tho population of tho State is steadily increasing, the number of criminals confined in our penitentiary is steadily decreasing. Many of our gaols are empty, and all show a falling-off in the number of prisoners confined. The dockets of our courts are no longer burdened with long lists of criminal cases. In tho capital district, containing a population of nearly GO.OOO, not a single case was on the docket when the present term began. The business of the Police Courts of our largo cities has dwindled to one-fourth of its former proportions, while in cities of the second and third class the occupation of the police authorities is practically gone !' " Notwithstanding the loud talk of "the trade " about the inefficiency of prohibitory laws, the time is not far distant when the people of this colony will see for themselves that Prohibition does prohibit, —lam, etc., Dunedin, June 24. T. H, R.

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PROHIBITION., Issue 7946, 29 June 1889, Supplement

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PROHIBITION. Issue 7946, 29 June 1889, Supplement

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