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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l sec by the beer duty return*) for July that duty was paid upon G6,Boogal of beor more than the corresponding month of last year. Why this large increase ? If our population, instead of decreasing at the rate of 600 or 700 a month was increasing to the extent of 13,000 to 14,000 a mouth, and these immigrants all beer drinkers, this G6,Boogal would furnish them with sgal each per month. No doubt throughout the colony trado has been slightly brisker, and locally the Exhibition demand looming in the im mediate future has stimulated production, but after making all reasonable allowances the fact remains that the (apparent) increased output must be credited to some other cause. The causo is, no doubt, the beer duty pi o e3U tions. If this be the case it shows not only what'' big steals " have been committed by the brewers, but one feels almost inclined to believe it must have been connived at. When these frauds are too glaring to be passed over we find a Minister of the Crown, an ex-Premier, Government prosecutor, and Police Court officials all apparently anxious to hush these frauds up, and held any forced investigation in corners, with no Arguaeyed Press or prying public present. When we find leading public men anxious to screen " big steals " no wonder smaller fry are inclined to believe that money and position can, and cften does, burke justice.—l am, etc., Onlooker, Dunedin, August 16,

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BEER DUTY EVASIONS., Evening Star, Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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BEER DUTY EVASIONS. Evening Star, Issue 7993, 23 August 1889