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THE LIQUOR QUESTION

CAMPAIGN OPENED BY NO-LICENSE ADVOCATE. The Rev. E. B. S. Hammond, an Anglican clergyman who works in the Sydney slums, and who is well known in Dunedin in connection with his temperance work in this City, lectured in the Garrison Hall yesterday afternoon and evening on the No-license # question. In the afternoon Mr Hammond was introduced by Mr A. S. Adams. Tho lecturer said" that when first he was invited by the New Zealand Alliance to come over he refused, but repeated requests urged him to reconsider his decision. He purposed speaking from three kinds of argument in favor of Prohibition—namely, progress, commonsense, and religion. The Prohibition cause was going on, and would not stop until victory was won. Ho referred to the cost of wars during tho past 300 years. Great Britain had spent £1,359,000,000 on war, while tho same amount had been spent in liquor in nine years. Tho Crimean War cost the country £103,500,000 (£1 4= 6d per head), while the drink bill for Great Britain amounted to £235,000,000 (£2 14s per head). They needed no further excuses for their earnestness. The South African War lasted two years and eight months, with a death roll of 21,942, equal to 685 men each month, which was bad enough, but when they remembered that 60,000 wore killed each year by alcohol (5,000 per month) it was appalling. Tho cost of the South African War was only equal to one year’s drink bill for Great Britain. They attacked a greater enemy than war, and the only reasonable remedy wtts National Exhibition. The assurance company set it? stamp against the prinking habits of the people it dealt with. Though medical non did not agree on all subjects, they wore agreed on the scientific aspect of alcohol," that it was harmful to the human race and unnecessary. Athletic man were mostly abstainers. Progress was shown in many countries to-day—Canada with its eight millions of people and half its area under Prohibition, America with nine Prohibition States and over 46 millions of people under Prohibition, and Peru, teaching total abstinence in its schools. Russia. Norway, and France were all taking action, and this progress encouraged them to work because Prohibition was wise and necessary. Ho concluded an eloquent address by urging all to pray, and never bo ashamed of their enthusiasm and emotions. If they went out and out for progress they must use their commonsense and their religion to vote so as to protect their fellow beings from the curse, o? drink. The Rev. Professor Hewitson presided at the evening meeting. Mr Hammond said that since he last had the privilege of standing in the Garrison Hall three years ago, when he had pleaded with the people to vote for Noli cense for their town and Prohibition for the Dominion, over 35,000 people had been convicted of drunkenness in this Dominion. Whatever were the disasters of war or the appalling records of shipwrecks, there had never been anything to equal for horror and degration tho 'fact of these 35.000 convictions during the past three years. They should all work with a will to free this land from tho greatest curse and appalling evil that had ever existed. He proposed to thorn the use of four anchors to save tho human craft from the rock of alcohol. The first was the anchor of total abstinence. He was a pledged total abstainer, and he had never had any reason to regret it. There was no doubt that it prolonged life, and if any of them knew anything of the Reehabito Order they would know that it had less sickness per annum among its members than any other friendly society upon earth. Life insurance records showed that total abstainers lived longer than those who did not abstain. Alcohol slackened the energy, and as efficiency was alnyost the watchword of business," it. was essential that in order to be efficient people in business should bo total abstainers; and they must also know that efficiency was to be. found most generally in those who

were abstainers. Tho next point, or anchor, which he desired to emphasise was that of education. It was absolutely necessary that other people should come to know what the workers for the cause of No-licenso knew, in order that they might act accordingly. The third point he wanted to make was that regarding legislation. They had a right to claim that their vote should bo of equal value to that of anyone else, and they should insist, oven if it meant sacrificing their political principles, that no njan should represent them in Parliament unless he was prepared to work to grant them this right. Mr Hammond concluded with an earnest appeal to those present to leave nothing undone to remove the destructive drug of alcohol from the Dominion. Mr Hammond’s meetings will be continued to-night at 8, and to-morrow the lecture entitled * Derelicts ’ will be given under the aid of powerful electric light. Opep-air meetings will be given at the Fountain at 5 o’clock, and, midday meetings at Hillside Workshops to-morrow, as well as women’s ineetimr at 3 n.ni. Mr Hammond will be at Port Chalmers on Wednesday.

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THE LIQUOR QUESTION, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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THE LIQUOR QUESTION Issue 15627, 19 October 1914

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