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ANOTHER UNHOLY ALLIANCE.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l should have thought that Mr W. C. MacGregor's legal training would have saved him from making such an exhibition of false deductions from inadequate premises. The Rev. Bro. Walker, in a spoech on 'Gambling,' at a meeting of the Pioneer Lodge, 1.0. G.T., held at the rear of the First Church, made, an unpatriotic statement; therefore it is quite clear that "the Prohibitionists did put their platform before their country, and would rather have, seen our Empire defeated than a plank of their precious platform defeated." Mr MacGrcgor scc-ms a little dubious himself of the staI biiity of his structure, and so he but- ! tresses it with the gratuitous • assertion j that Mr Walker is a Prohibition leader. I Ho dors not snake it clear whether it was j tho fact that tho meeting was held at I the i<?ar of First Church, or that it wa« ! a meeting of the Pioneer Lodge, or that the subject was gambling, or that tho speaker's name- was Walker, which proves I that he is a Prohibition leader, and that | therefore the Prohibition _ party are re sponsible. Cross-examination would proI bably disclose that it wae the fact that [ his name was WaUw. .since on a great ! historic occasion, when Mr MacGrcgor I himself was orating, some rude individual interrupted his oratorical flight by ejaculating "Walker!" That and the wellknown bias of the Prohibition party clearly established the fact. I could myself present a. much stronger cn£c. Mr W. C.'MacGregor is president of the "Icderat-e League. At a patriotic 1 meeting held recently he so far forgot himself as to introduce the intensely controversial question of Prohibition, and suggested in effect that the position of the league ehould he generally affirmed—i.e., that in the meantime the trade should he left undisturbed. Therefore the Mod-crate League will prostitute a great patriotic opportunity to serve their own ends. Now, ah; 1 should not dream of arguing co, for I am glad to bclmve that Mr W. C. M'Gregor is peculiar in this matter. Let mo say that Mr Walker is not a Prohibition leader, noT is he, so far as I am aware, a prominent Prohibition worker, and, further , that I totally dissent from his views, a 6 I think every other Prohibition leader would. Mr MacGregor's peculiarity, however, averts itself even more offensively and unpardcnably in his subsequent statement that the part taken by Prohibitionists as members of the Empire in the roceut efforts to raise funds for the British and Belgian poor was simply a. •'beating of the big drum at patriotic meetings by Mr Gray and his aliies," with the insinuation thai this was to cover previous disloyalty. This should have been as far beneath' a man of Mr W. C. MacGregor's intelligence and professional reputation as it is beneath contempt. I will leave your readers to judge whether "the outstanding fact i& that the Prohibitionists are making desperate efforts to,snatch a party victory at the polls, regardless of the gallant British soldiers," etc., etc. The advertising columns of the paper would hardly seem to indicate 60. The simple fact is that since the clec. tion is to take place, and electors must vote, and since the trade from the first, and latterly assisted by the Moderate League, have pursued their customary tactic*!, the Prohibition party have no option but to urge that the peaople vote to emancipate themselves from what Mr Asquith in 1908 described as "the thraldom of this dominating and paralysing interest."—l am, etc., R. S. Ghat. December 7.

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ANOTHER UNHOLY ALLIANCE., Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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ANOTHER UNHOLY ALLIANCE. Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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