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Messrs H. D. Bedford and L. H. Hunt on Saturday evening conducted an openair meeting in the Octagon in support of the No-license campaign. Mr Hunt took ‘ Patriotism ’ as tho subject of his remarks, in the course of which he said that Prohibitionists had often been | accused pf being unpatriotic. He main- j tained that one who advocated Prohibition was a true seeker after the welfare of Ids ! country and of his follow-men, and lie ] believed that tho terrible excesses which | had been committed in the present war owing to alcohol would bring about not only the downfall of Germany, but of the drink traffic. Mr Bedford stated that before the members of the Expeditionary Force recorded their votes at Tahuna Park representatives of tho liquor trade had sent a statement among tho men that if Prohibition were carried it would embarrass tbelabor market. ' He wished to give this statement an emphatic denial, and he would prove it ns false before any audience. Dealing with the Board of Trade returns for Great Britain, lie showed that £IOO spent on coal at the pit’s iiiouih gave back £SO to the workers as wages, while tho brewing industry gave only £7 10s in wages out of every £IOO. In Australia only Is 3d out of every pound went to tho worker, while in every other business it. was at least three times as much. The ‘Year Boolf ’ showed that in New Zealand tho workers in tho woollen, clothing, and furniture trades received from 30 to 40 per cent, in wages, while the brewing industry paid only 13 per cent. It Prohibition was carried, and tho women spent the money now spent in liquor in furniture, clothing, etc., the worker would be, immensely better off, the home would he made brighter, and life would be more worth living. In reply to a question in regard to the revenue derived from the liquor traffic. Mr Bedford argued that the liquor trade did not pay this revenue, but only collected it from its customers. The country derived no benefit from tho revenue from the liquor trade, because it was ealen up again in dealing with crime, lunacy, and drunkenness.

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NO-LICENSE CAMPAIGN, Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914

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NO-LICENSE CAMPAIGN Evening Star, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914