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EXTREMELY MODERATE.

TO TUB EDITOR. Sir,—la first glancing at the title above one is inclined ts think that the first word is a contradiction tf the second, and that nothing extreme should be classed with moderation, but; as tho old proverb says, "the longer wo live the more we learn." Glancing over the letter of our irate opponent " A 11. Dryden," we (tho teetotal party) may feel inclined to smile in noticing the foot that oven a Moderationlst may become unreasonable To speak of solving a social problem by dissolving partnership with the reforming element might work well enough for the liquor party but for the remarkable coincidence that tho teetotal ts and Ucderationists are vory oloeely connected —thus a father may bo one and bis chi dren the other —bo that it is impracticable to relieve tho liquor dealers in this way. But, suppose it was done, haveyou any surety that your present friends would not ih nga their position? .Remember that our party came out, and are being recruited from, your party; and you will see bow futile are all attempts to stop this reform, unless it is by substituting a higher. With regard to tho charge of coercion that ie brought against us, I am sorry to think it should be eo loosely defined. In the first placo, what turn the word " eat" got to do with this matter? Surely no polite person would use the term " beer-eater." But, to the point; do we inteifero with a food or luxury ? There cm te little doubt that it is the latter we ate dealiog with, and not the formtr. Tho question, then, is this : Has every individual a right to use any luxury he chooses, no matter what may'be the effects of such use on the Interests and well-being of others ? To this, I think, most men of sense will answer ie© it emphatically No. If, then, the question Is to be decided what luxuries shall be allowed, and to what el siea shall they bo'given, the most moderate and just basis is that which can do the least harm and prooioto the most good in a truly social community. No individual should receive more than he produces, i and no one should be allowed to make, use, or sell anything which has before been an Injury to others, < unless they arc prepared with some measure whereby the liberties of the community will be conserved. How, then, shall we settle the question whether the drinking customs conserve or destroy the freedom of our existence except by relying on the voice of those who will benefit or puffer according as these customs are right or wrong ? The people are greater than the law, tluce they make the law; and whether this thing shall stand or fall d .pends on the people of the future and not upon the oustoms of the past.—l am, etc., D. A. U'Lacen. Duncdin, July 11.

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EXTREMELY MODERATE., Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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EXTREMELY MODERATE. Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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