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TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—There seems to be a great hubbub over this case as though there was some novelty in it, and it was not out-Heroded by an Act of the Legislature itself, and recorded on our Statute Book. We strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. It is admitted on all sides that Judge or jury should not be biassed or interested in any case brought before them, and it is specially provided for in section 11 of the Licensing Act of 1881 (on ono side only, mind). But on the other you will find that a person is eligible to sit on the Licensing Bench, to act as judge and jury, who belongs to a society instituted for the express purpose of the publican's annihilation—a reformed drunkard, who cannot trust himself, and yet asks up to place unlimited trust in him, giving him more power than the first Judge of the land. He may not have the slightest vestige of stake in the country, yet is empowered to play ducks and drakes with other people's property, etc., etc., and from whence there is no appeal. A criminal can challenge his jury, but the stupid pub. !—Bah ! "Letthegalled jade wince, our withers are un-wruna;." By the action now taken by the House the Legislature of 18S1 stands convicted of gross injustice.—l am, etc., Observer, Dunedin, September 6.

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WARD. HISLOP, AND CHRISTIE. WHY NOT POOR PUB?, Issue 8006, 7 September 1889

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WARD. HISLOP, AND CHRISTIE. WHY NOT POOR PUB? Issue 8006, 7 September 1889

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