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WICKED ALLEGATIONS, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
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THE HALF HAS NOT BEEN T&ED. TRUTH 3JSAKS OUT. [By New Zealander.] When the British troops left for Franca to light against the destroyers of Liberty and the enemies of Civilisation, a fabricating ca-ble-krammer put into the mouth of Lord Kitchener words ho never uttered Because the great Field-marshal warned the tloops against temptations in wine and women, the Prohibitionifits wrongly construed Lord Kitchener’s message into one of total abstinence for all time. When the full test of Lend Kitchener’s message came to hand it was discovered that Lord Kitchener never used the. phrase attributed to him. What do the Prohibitionists do? They continue to attribute the phrase “abstain from liquor” to Lord Kitchener, and they keep on advertising ; their fabrication, although they must know the assertion is a base and wicked allegation. Prohibitionists, however, stick at nothing if their object is.served. Prohibitionists, arc also claiming that this great war :s a teetotal war as far as 1 the Allies arc concerned. While doing i this they do not hesitate to traduce the i French and Belgians liecause they are large j consumers of alcohol, and the Prohibij tionists hesitate not to insult our brave, ! enduring efficient, and humane Alhea by j saying that the use. of alcoholic liquors ) makes for immorality, viciousness, and inefficiency. . | Prohibitionists are uttering a base 1 calumny when thev thus traduce our noble I Allies and say: “Belgium beads the hst | of beer-drinking countries, and the people I consume more alcohol per head than any i other nation except the French.” (vide : page 80, ‘ No-licons-e Hand Book, 1914- ) ! Can a party be patriotic that so maligns I our Allies and holds them up to contempt j and ridicule? Car. it be said that Prohibitionists are honorable and patriotic. I when, inferentialiv. they prefer the treacherous Prohibition Turk because he “abstains from liquor,’’ and perpetrates, like the Germans, whom Prohibitionists also refer' to as being prohibited alcoholic liquors, the most wanton, trad, and unspeakable atrocities? No loyal Britisher can support the European Prohibitionists or applaud the Germans and expect to bo trusted. , That the War Office is not to leave the British troops to endure all the hardships of this Continental war in winter without some creature comforts is amply home out l,v the following article from the ‘Daily Chronicle.’ London, dated the 6th ultimo, and its action has the approval of Lord Kitchener and the whole force of the R.A.M.C. RUM FOR TROOPS. 150,000 GALLONS FOR THE FRONT. (‘Daily Chronicle,’ London, October 6, 1914.) With timely forethought for the welfare of the British soldier during a piospective winter campaign, the War Office is sending to the front a consignment of ISO.OOOgaI of mm. The bottling of this quantity, which in ordinary circumstances would probably represent an Excise duty of something like £60,000, is being undertaken by the Port of London Authorities, and the Rum quay at the West India Docks offers a scene of exceptional activity even for a department which is accustomed to deal with thousands of puncheons in the course of a year. The huge vats at the West India Docks, which have an aggregate capacity of 58,500ga1. are, of course, available for the blending of this army mm. All of it is genuine sugar-cane product, _ requiring no addition of spirit, since it is already much over proof. Some of it was imported in 1911, and soma in succeeding vears. but the age is not necessarily indicated by the date, of importation. Emerging from the vats 4.5 per cent, under proof, the ram is measured by the gallon and passed through funnels into stoneware jars of the customary type, and each of 1 gal capacity. The jars are then corked and sealed with the seal of tho Port Authority. easy: distribution. The next stage is the packing_ of the rum. For convenient handling it isplaced in wooden cases, which accommodate a couple of jars. The case is kept to a size which can easily he lifted by one man, so as to give as little trouble as possible in distributing the rum among widelyscattered troops. Each case bears an intimation that it forms part of the army supplies. About 3,000 jars of mm are sent away each dav. The destination Is Newhaven via Willsw Walk railway station. From the Sussex port (he consignments go to the most convenient Continental port, thereafter to be forwarded to the base of operations. Largo supplies of jars, of which a total of 150,0 CX) will, of course, be required, arrive daily at the West India Docks. With the active co-operation of the Customs the work of bottling proceeds until 6 p.m., instead of 4 p.m., as is usual in the case of bonded warehouses, hi this way, and with the employment of u large staff of men, this big War Office order in in process of careful execution. This is a complete refutation of the. Prohibitionists’ wicked allegations, and we trust that no more will be heard of the moderate use of alcoholic stimulants impairing the morale and efficiency of the bravest and host soldiers in the, world.— Published by arrangement. [We have read the foregoing article in the columns of the London ‘Daily Chronicle,’ and it has been literally extracted. Editor ' Evening Star.’]
WICKED ALLEGATIONS, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
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