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At the Dundas Street Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon a. "temperance afternoon ” was held, under the ausp.m. of the Ladies' Missionary Society. .Mis I’ybiis occupied the chair. Musical items were given by .Mrs Alien, -Miss Sendstrum, and .Miss Mazengarb, Mrs Don drew attention to an awakening desire in many countries to sweep away the dri.ik tratlic. Washington, Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon had been recently added to the already " dry '' States, and now tho watchword was "National Prohibition for U.S.A in 1920." Norway, Sweden, and Finland had polled largo majorities for total Prohibition. In the State of Ohio, one week after the granting of the women’s franchise, what was acknowledged to bo the women's vote caused the closing of 10,000 saloons. New Zealand women could not cia.m such victories; but many hotels had been closed, and no new licenses could bo grained. Using ribbons of varied colors and lengthy the speaker proceeded to state that the drink bill for New Zealand for 1910 oi •over £4,000,000 would pay for our education system, the post and telegraph and railway service, for all the tea, toffee, cocoa, and sugar consumed in New Zealand, and for our home and foreign mission donations, and leave a substantial balance. This £4,000,000 would keep a standing army of 30,000, or provide every working . man in New Zealand with a comfortable I four-roomed house. From a life's expen- ! trite among the poor, criminal, and outcast, the late General Booth eaid that the drink evil was the foulest, darkest, p.nd bloodiest tide that ever flowed from earth to eternity. In dealing with the fact that in New Zealand last year 7,000 young men were convicted of drunkenness for me first time, Mrs Don pointed out that the men who took part in the impressive march of the troops through oui streets before embarkation numbered loss than 2 OCO. .Mrs Girvan thanked Mrs Don and the ladies who had helped with tho programme, and promised, on behalf of those present, that they would work and pray for the abolition of tho drink traffic. Afternoon ten was served, and the collecI tiou of £3 6s 2d was donated to the Xo--1 license fighting fund.

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TEMPERANCE AFTERNOON, Evening Star, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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TEMPERANCE AFTERNOON Evening Star, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914