MOTHER UNHOLY ALLIANCE.
1 TO THE EDITOK. .Sir, —My attention has been called to the newspaper reports of a Prohibition meeting held in the Garrison Hull toother evening, when the leaders of the No-license party made use. of some far from temperate language regarding ihi Moderate League and its executive body, of which lam one. The. Rev. R. S. Gray was apparently the chief speaker. after Mr A. S. Adams (the chairman). In the course of his address the rev. gentleman is reported to have said of tho Moderate League: "They lie like the Devil. (Applause.) The Moderate League had dared' to say tint the Prohibitionist* put their platform before the country. There never: was so base a lie!" ' Along with these bravo and courteou.words trom Mr Gray, let mo read the report of another temperance meeting—rv . meeting held some two months ago in t"hi» '. rear of the First Church, under the a us- \ pices of Pioneer Lodge, I.O.GVT. At that, j meeting the Itev. Bro. Walker gave a. patriotic address, during which he is ro-1 porte<l to have spoken as follows:—"H™ said the word ' patriotism' had a much t wider meaning than was generally -attri-' buted to it. For his own part, he would have preferred to have heard of a disaster; to British arms than to read tho news last, week that the. New Zealand Parliament had passed a Gaming Bill at one sitting. Increasing the numbor of racing permits'", How arc we to reconcile these two con-, fiicting utterances of our Prohibition leaders! Ls it not quite clear from Mr Walker's "patriotic" speech (which, of! course, was "loudly applauded") that hj earlier in the. war the Prohibitionists did ' put thoir platform before their country I ,' and would rather have seen our Empire defeated than a plank of their precious '"platform" injured? Since, then, appartntiy, they have repented their indiscreet. if not disloyal, attitude, and Mr Gray and his allies are now heating the big drum at patriotic meetings to quito a different tune, Tho fact remains, however, that while our Empire is. lighting for its existence, and when wc,;-honM one and .ill be doing our best to h*»lp the Mother Country with men and money, ihProhibitionists are making desperate efforts to snatch a party victory ot the polls, regardless of the gallant. soldiers who aro fighting their battle* in the frozen trendies of Flanders. Indeed, if Mr Adams and his friends had fie power, thyy would even deprive, these wave men of their daily allowance, m rum. and would punish with fine or i:i: prisonnipnt the grateful French and Be] gian women who refresh them n;i tic-ir :urccd marches -with the light wim-.-i of tin countryside.—l am. etc., W. <'. MA<I»RK r ;or.. JWrmV-r ;">.
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MOTHER UNHOLY ALLIANCE., Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914