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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —No wonder that those who look with a kindly eye upon the liquor traffic are desirous that some further means should be discovered to give a renewed vigor to this languishing industry. Our drink bill for the past year was the lowest for twenty years. On beer alono less duty was paid than the year before by 76,000ga1; while for the quarter just ended duty was paid upon 2,952 gal less than the corresponding quarter’last year. At last licensing election for Dunedin, the stronghold of beer and liquordom, the Prohibitionists polled 500 votes as against 800 polled for the friends of the liquor traffic. A significant fact in connection with this is that there are nearly 300 on the burgess roll in some way financially interested in the traffic.

No wonder the Exhibition is required as a mammoth drinking shop. I say this advisedly, for do not the Commissioners ask Parliament to allow them to open as many bars as they think fit, and to keep them open to any hour they choose ? Tho expressed will of the people to them is of no account if it clash with their preconceived ideas as to how, when, and where drink should be sold, Tho activity shown by tho champions of tho liquor traffic in the House conclusively shows to us colonists that a great effort is contemplated to lessen the restriction now so beneficially imposed.— l am, etc., Citizen, Dunedin, July 9.

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THE TRADE ALARMED., Issue 7955, 10 July 1889

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THE TRADE ALARMED. Issue 7955, 10 July 1889

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