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THE LIQUOR TRADE.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l have just read the letter in your paper this evening ' Prohibition and Revenue' in respect to remarks made by the Hon. George E. Foster, of Canada, and while I endorse his statements, allow me to state that we do not require to go outside ourselves now in acquiring any information concerning the liquor trade. When talking over this question with various people I just put it to them in this form : Here is a person falls in with a few friends, it may be two, five, or ten, and he says " Come on, let's have a wine togother." Now, we shall take the middle number (five), that's 2s Gd, and if ten, 03. Such is done on hundreds of occasions, and it's very seldom one goes in alone, and that fetches it down to firstnumber, two, which is Is, and that done once, twice, or three times a day, which hundreds are in the habit of doing, means fa a day, to the detriment of body and pocket. And now here comes the rub : They don't think much about it, but should the Government raise the revenue a halfpenny or a penny on tea or sugar what a howl would be raised, or threepence in the £ to make a good road for them. And if you ask those said persons whom I have mentioned

did they believe in the majority vote without touching on this liquor question they would say. Certainly ! Did they believe that every county should" have full control over their affairs? Certainly. But when the majority says "no license" these few turn tail and say it's a farce. The only farce I should say the majority now see about it is the no license part : it should have been total Prohibition instead, and the great good no license has done would have been more fully accomplished by Prohibition, as I stated to some of the then leading temperance men when being put through the House.—lam, etc., 1). Nicer,.

Dunedin, September 9. MORE ROOM WANTED. TO THE EDITOR. Bm,—Coming from among the fair fields in the open country far away to this City of Dunedin, and living on the hills above the chimney pots of the City, the sight of many, many squalid and dirty homes, the variety of odors borne by the sea breezes, not always fragrant, the bits of garden falsely so-called, for they seem chiefly to grow cocks, hens, old boardings, and, most luxuriantly of all, tins—empty and always dirty (a splendid receptacle for microbes) —untidy women, but no fair, little children, for their playground is the streets—(by-the-bye, Mr Editor, why are women so uncomely when " tidying up" ?); I say, coming from flowers, fresh air, and space,

the dismal sight of such close packing of so many homes strikes me with dismay. (If this is Dunedin not fifty years old, what will it be in ten years' time ? Verily the love of money u the root of all evil if men for the making thereof are allowed to build tenement after tenement on a space the sine of an ordinary country fowl run. Sanitary reformers insist on so many square feet of breathing space in the dormitories of our public institutions ; and yet look at the cottages, some good enough in themselves, but crowded on by others with yards full of rubbish, poultry, and other unwholesome belongings. " Each man has a right to do with his own as he will" —chat will be the answer. Here, in a land with thousands of unoccupied acres, why ia this overcrowding allowed by our paternal Government, headed by a Premier to whose political counsel even Queen Victoria listened breathlessly? And yet in this City, not fifty years old, even respectable houses are compelled to overlook or be overlooked by their neighbors. Dunedin boasts a grand nucleus for its future slums. Builders are still hard at work enlarging houses over some of the many hen roosts of Dunedin. Excuse a strangers comments. Qf course, we have the Town Belt, but how are we crushed on this side the Belt! How much more shall we be crushed before the fiat goes forth against- more buildings being erected? The children—girls especially—will cost the Dunedin of the future far more than the prohibition of more buildings within the Belt, together with grants of land judiciously bestowed outside the Belt. The manufactories alone—transferred from the City to its environs—would attract hundreds of our workers from the City. Twenty years ago Dunedin was fragrant with the sweetbriar; in many streets malodors now prevail, and our sweet, pretty little fair-haired girls are turned out to spend their play-life in the streets. This ought not to be the case.—l am, etc., Paterfamilias. Dunedin, .September 14.

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THE LIQUOR TRADE., Evening Star, Issue 10422, 17 September 1897

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THE LIQUOR TRADE. Evening Star, Issue 10422, 17 September 1897

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