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Tbe Rev. F. W. Isitt, in a letter from Orange, New South Wales, to the 'New Zealand Times,' replies to some strictures of that journal on the subject of the untrustworthiue3sof allegations made b? Prohibi. tionist orators. The 'Times' had stated that an orator of that class had, on one occasion, assured his hearers that he knew of an instance in which a steamer in the Union Company's service left a West Coast port with the officers all drunk. " This statement," it added, "was characterised by one present as a falsehood. An arrangement was made, amid excitement, to put the matter to the test. That test was never apphed-by the Prohibitionist-and when he. dared on another occasion to attempt a repetition of the same slander he was civen the he in his teeth."

Thereupon Mr Isitt writes:—" I am the speaker referred to. I never named the Union Steam Ship Company. I stated that a ship captain leaving Wellington for a West Coast port was so drunk that the mate took, charge. After some difficulty in getting my evidence I satisfied the representative of the owners, who inquired into it, that the charge was trne. I also said that the crew of a West Coast boat on one occasion debated whether they should take charge because of the drunken state of the officers. For some months I would not produce the man • before the mast' from whom I heard this lest he should suffer for it. When he quitted the sea I took him to the agent of those interested, who heard his story and dropped the subject. It is true that I was.politely and publicly called a liar for making these statements. Those epithets from some sources affect me no more than do your criticisms"

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ALLEGATIONS OF DRUNKENNESS., Issue 10424, 20 September 1897

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ALLEGATIONS OF DRUNKENNESS. Issue 10424, 20 September 1897

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