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Civilisation and Drink.

Slowly but surely civilisation is becoming alive to the crime of demoralising the “ inferior races” by means of intoxicating liquors. There is to be an International African Conference in the autumn, and this is to be one of the chief questions considered at it. Perhaps the worst instance on record of the destruction of a native race by means of alcohol is that of the Sioux Indians, who little more than a generation ago numbered nearly 300,000 souls, and who now count about a tenth of that number. They were killed off by the drink demon, in the traffic of which the United States officials themaelves—the very men entrusted with the duty of protecting the Indians did not disdain to participate. _ As regards Africa, it is pleasant to think that the English and German Parliaments have been taking something like common action though not consciously concerted action. Germans and English would be better employed in preventing the demoralisation of the Natives than in fighting each other for the black man’s inheritance. The German Reichstag a short time ago passed the following resolution ;—“That the Reichstag resolve to request the Federal Governments to again take into consideration whether, and how, the trade in spirits in the CJerman colonies can be effectually opposed either prohibition or limitation.” The resolution of the House of Commons on the same subject was passed last year. Lord Salisbury has just written a letter on the subject to the Duke of Westminster, who is president of the “ Native Races and Liquor Traffic United Committee,”—‘Echo.’

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Civilisation and Drink., Issue 8040, 17 October 1889

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Civilisation and Drink. Issue 8040, 17 October 1889

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