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TO THB EDITOR. Sib,—l begin to wonder If this is a free country that we live in. I have seen so much in your columns lately concerning what is termed the liquor traffic that I really begin to doubt whether it is so. We find a number of people who belong to a body calling themselves the temperance party strongly urging that the sale of intoxicating liquors be abolished. I consider that these people have neither sense nor ah, m i in them by trying to dictate what man or woman shall eat or drink. Do they imagine we are in & prison, and they acting as our warders ? If they will only for ono moment consider that they are encroaching on the private affairs of the free man, surely they will have enough sense to leave it alone. What would the temperance party do if New Zealand were left to them, and them alone ? It would bo like the inside of a freeing chamber. Most assuredly they would all leave it in disgust at one and another of themselves. Of course every man can have his own opinion, if the temperance party do not wish to rob ns of this right also. And my opinion is that we are merely acting oqe and all of us as partners in this life of ours ; just the same as men who join in a business partnership. At least let us take it as such. Very well, sir, when two partners differ in opinion or otherwise, what happens? They dissolve partnership of course. Well, we the Moderates differ from tho temperance party—let us dissolve also ; letthe temperance party come forward and buy out our share of the concern, and then they shall have a trial at life in New Zealand amongst themselves. If they are not in a position to do this, then hold their tongues. This is the only way out of the difficulty that I can see. Now if any gentleman, like Mr A. C. Broad, is willing to accept this proposal, I hope he will make a start with myself.—l am, etc. A. M. Dryd.en. Milburn, July Q.

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A “MODERATE’S” PROTEST., Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889

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A “MODERATE’S” PROTEST. Evening Star, Issue 7956, 11 July 1889