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NATIONAL PROHIBITION, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
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DOES PROHIBITION PROHIBIT? There is nothing so fallacious as facts except figures, a famous English statesman once remarked, and of the truth of the epigram there is abundant evidence. Almost any ami every statement cau be ,proved by their judicious use. Such use, jt is true, may not always be strictly an honorable one", the most common form of, let us hope, unintentional deception being to present part only of the facts. We nave been sparing of their use-, proferring to rest the c.aso against Prohibition largely upon individual experience, and to base the appeal against Prohibition upon reason and history. At the same time, figures, though not absolutory conclusive and far from final, may ne regarded as evidence in support, provided they are verifiable, official, and put forward for no more than they are worth. It is legitimate to quote the number of arrests for drunkenness through the Nonunion, but it is not legitimate to omit what the proportion of these is to the number of the adult population. It is half-truths such as theso that are the fruitful parents of bigotry and error. Similarly, it is legitimate to say that Invercargili, lor example, is a high and shining light of the success of Prohibition. But it is not legitimate to hide the fur*her facts that commercial travellers and visitors says that the hotel accommodation there is no longer what it was; or that if the property valuation has increased, to omit "to state that it. lias increased relatively and actually in much larger proproportion in near-by towns that are within licensed areas, or that though the town ip Prohibition, many of its people certainly are not In support of the last assertion a table is appended, the figures -if which can be verified by the Customs returns, showing the quantity of beer only that was supplied to people within the prohibited area of Invercargili from June, 1913, to May, 1014, inclusive, and not taking into consideration the large quantity of liquor that is sent into the No-tioense area from other parts of the Dominion, Size of >.'o. cask. Gallons. 582 54's ' ... ...... _ 31,428 44 56V M _ 1,58+ 98 27's _ 2,646 '289 JB"s .„ ... ... 5,202 137 JO's „..«.,. ~. 1,370 . 1693 .■>* .„ ... ... 8,465 1,917. 3- .„ ... „. ... 5,751 40.648 2\-> _.. -. _ 81,296 Total 137,742 Or 2,550 hhds 42g0.1. It is reasonable to Infer from the above that Invercargili by her own-act has cut off the profits that would accrue to the municipality were this consumption of beer conducted through legitimate channels, and with no compensating benefit whatever. . An interesting comparison in this relation is furnished by statistics taken from I the American census report, Bulletin No. 45. Eight cities in a Prohibition State, and having practically the same population as eight cities in a licensed State, am contracted with the following results :- .M.A I NT.. —-PRO!! ICITION SIATK. Arrest* for Oiiics'. Popul.ii ion. drunkenness. Saloon?. Bangor .., 22.675 1.233 0 Auburn. ... 13.461 98 0 Augusta ... 12.031 109 0 Bath ... _. 11.002 215 0 BkMcford ... 16.655 414 0 Lcwiston ... 24.379 374 0 Rockland .- 3,150 385 0 Waterville ... 10.186 136 0 Total ...118,541 2.967 0 Arrests for Anmkc.imc-s. per 1,000 inhabitants - ~. 25 Saloon* per 1,000 „. *. 0 1 rxiNOis.—-LiciiNsii Statu. Arrests for Cities. Population.drunkeiincsf. (saloons. Belleville ... 18.120 151 110 ' Bloomingt-ou 24,278 266 75 Champaign 10.076 435 23 Decatur ~. 21,772 403 62 FrecjnoiT, ~ 14.179 176 30 Mattoon ... 10.450 276 19 Ottawa „ 10,888 171 42 Pekin ... ~ 9,041 117 28 Tola! ...113,813 1.995 398 A nests for drunkenness per 1.000 inhabitants ... ... ~ -. ... -. ... J-7 Saloon-: per 1.000 ... s?'It is not affirmed that these iigures prove all that the. Prohibition].-;, says they provo when similar contrasts happen to favor his side, but it is claimed that they justify the assertion thai, " Prohibition oocs not prohibits"
NATIONAL PROHIBITION, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914
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