The Rev. R.B. S. Hammond’ opened the No-license campaign at Port Chalmers last night, the Rev. W. M) Grant presiding over a full attendance in the Town Hall. In his usual compelling style the lecturer got right into his subject, launching a preliminary challenge to his opponents to come right out on the public platform with the matter published in the official liquor paper. The subject shoAild he discussed in .the open in order to reach a just conclusion. One of the matters that had to be- faced outright Avas the query as to why they should have National Prohibition. It was true the proposal was drastic, but it was also necessary on account of the evils of intemperance. - These evils pressed not only on those arrested for drunkenness, but also on the greater number of heavy drinkers who did not fall into the hands of tho police. National Prohibition Avas also necessary in order to deal effectively Avith the hereditary taint of drink, Avhich exerted to a pitiful extent its baleful effects on the offspring of alcoholic parents. To those Avho contended that Prohibition Avould not bring about the desired effect he Avould point out the eight No-license areas in New Zealand. lii this population of 101,000 people there were 406 convictions for drunkenness last year. Compare that Avith eight licensed areas of the same social and business standing, where there Avere 1,990 convictions—nearly five times as many. Then in respect to tho contention that Prohibition did not prohibit, he would quote a recent parliamentary return, Avhicjj shoxved that only one-fifth of the amount of liquor Avas consumed in “dry” districts as compared Avith those Avhere liquor was sold. The evidence made one think. The doctors and ministers in Oamaru and Ashburton agreed unanimously that since the advent of Prohibition there social and business conditions had improved all round, and the homo life of the community had also improved greatly., (Applause.) Tho speaker proceeded to deal Avith sly grog-selling, showing that instead of increasing the evil Prohibition really reduced it. Look at the year 1900, when there AA-as only one No-license area in Now Zealand and 201 persons q*>nvicted for sly grog-selling, and then observe that in 1912, Avith 12 No-license areas, there were only 117 such convictions, and only 35 of those 117 convictions came from No-license districts. The speaker concluded Avith a thrilling appeal to sentiment, and on the motion of the ReA-. A. Whyte Avas accorded a vote of thanks for the address.
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PROHIBITION CAMPAIGN, Evening Star, Issue 15630, 22 October 1914
PROHIBITION CAMPAIGN Evening Star, Issue 15630, 22 October 1914
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