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In a letter to the ' Feilding Star,' Mr. R. F. Haybittle, who was engaged to play at a concert and ball at Halcombe last week, stated that he asked the licensee for "beds for himself and companion. The hostess replied saying she did not attend balls, butclosed her house at 10 p.m. and retired. It did not pay her to sit up until two or three, in the morning, and if she did retire wemight knock for hours before we could wake: any of the inmates, but if we liked we could occupy a whare out in the back yard. Asked what the beds were like, she replied : " Oh, just whare beds." Mr Haybittle asked: Can a licensee of a wayside inn refuse accommodation to any who come perfectly sober and able to pay for their requirements 1 Or are they to be allowed to turn away, any who are in sore need of rest and shelter, no matter at what hour they come for the same?

In reply Mr W. Dickson, secretary of the Rangitikei Licensed Victuallers' Association, wrote: "I would like to point out that, seeing the license of the licensee of the Halcombe Hotel, as provided in the Licensing Act of 1881, only applies between the hours of six in the morning and ten at night, it is quite within the power of the proprietor to close his or her hotel to the public at that time. There is nothing in the Act which compels an innkeeper or hotelkeeper to supply accommodation or refreshments after closing time; but if id should be his or her wish he may provide accommodation and supply refreshments to bona fide travellers and boarders after that hour."

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ACCOMMODATION AFTER CLOSING TIME., Issue 10434, 1 October 1897

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