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PATRIOTISM AND PROHIBITION.

TO THE KDITOJI. Sir, —Seeing that a very different interpretation he* been pineal upon some remarks of mine uttered 10 weeks ivo at a concert of the r.0.G.T., held on behalf of the patriotic fund, it micdit he of interest to some of your readers to know what I did say". The first portion of the speech was entirely deto the present war in Europe, in which I endeavored to point out the devastation and suffering it is causing and the need there is for .sacrifice. I also expressed my firm conviction that victory will he on the side* of the Allies, and our of the confusion, distress, and grief there would emerge a brighter ■'ip'- I then Merit on to declare that whilst there are foes without there are also foes within, and thai, wo might prove our patriotism hv endeavoring to suppress them. History proves that the downfall of a nation is not duo to the strength of Ihe outuard foes, hut inward corruption. Rome nnd Greece were cited in proof. Attention was drawn to the fact that our Parliament had so utterly disregarded the moral interest of the country as to ru>h through a Bill, by 3S votes to 10, increasing (lie number of racing permits by 31 days, whilst many of the Banie men were so lacking in moral sense as to refuse the hare justice of a reduction in the three-fifths handicap. It was at this point I said that 1 should not have been more dismayed had news como of n defeat to_ our arms in some engagemeut. T simply wished to emphasise that, great as is one's sorrow when sad news is received from the front, mv own sorrow is as threat at the action of Parliament, in defeating the causes of purity nnd justice. Tin's. 1 am assured by those present, uas the impression . received by the audience. "With regard to .Mr MacGregor's statement that I am a loading; Prohibitionist, it hut proves his utter lack of knowledge of that upon which lie writes, as circumstances have hindered me from taking any part in the present campaign. On | the other hand, on several occasions I have spoken front pulpit and platform concerning the moral righteousness of Britain's participation of t!m war. Surely when a man has done that he ought not to lie maligned as being unpatriotic by those who do not know him.— f am. cte., V\'. W.u.f.'er. December S. TO TUT! EWTOK. —The Rev. Mr (.'ray and Mr Adams are both very an'cry with me for daring to suggest that the Prohibitionists show themselves lacking in true patriotism by .■'.gitalin;', and dividing: the national mind in tin's p.rave Imperial crisis. They ;m- as far from moderato in their lan::mure as in tlmir ideas. If is not- surprising, therefore, that they cro curiously astray iji their facts and deductions. .Mr Gray ednn'is with sorrow that the Rev. .Mr "Walker ; recently made an unpatriotic state j ment. .Mr Giav savs it na? irmde in ; a. speech on ' Gambling ' : a'r .Adams '< thai it was at a small temperance me"!- \ in.::. It was, in fact, made at a !od::e ; concert, in lite course of what is ■!•■- j scribed as a "patriotic address." but j which dealt largely with the Prohibition niovornent and its chosen c.iml'dare-.-. I In that address Mr Walker abo sai<l ; that "the liquor traffic and the :;:<i;:bling evil wore in'initclv more <' ni:,y. rous than other evils that threat'-m-d us." The only " other evil " rei'erred to by the reverend gentleman was the war iiself; and he wound up by averting that "to fight a gainst, the nvo evils he had imuii ioi.ed wa- true patriotism." In other words, the first duty of the Prohibitionist is to fight against the liquor traffic, wlelo the more moderate -members of the roinlnunity are to he left to fight against the. enetnies of our Kmpn'~.' Mr Adams tells us with pride that tho "Prohibitionists are a "great pr'T v . numbering over a quarter of a million adults." • If only one in ten of these 2.10.000 adults were to volunteer, we should at once have 2-l.onu recruits for tho front. Rut their paramount "patriotic" duty prevent, them: they must remain behind to "tight" against the liquor traffic—and to vote for Prohibition!—l am, etc., W. G. .M.uGitKGort. December 8.

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PATRIOTISM AND PROHIBITION., Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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PATRIOTISM AND PROHIBITION. Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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