WHEN IN THE POLLING BOOTH, ASK YOURSELF; WHAT EFFECT WILL MY VOTE HAVE UPON THE WELLBEING OF THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE? Despite all that has been claimed to the contrary, it has yet to be proved that the logical sequences of the laudable desire to have these evils born of excessive'drinking minimised and suppressed must be the entire abolition of the trade. Surely there is every reason to pause before the electors record a decision which might bring such industrial dislocation and financial loss upon the country. The evils of drunkenness are serious, but with a full sense of responsibility it must suggest itself to the community that the cure for them does not necessarily lie in compulsory total abstinence. (' Otago Daily Times,' December sth, 1914.) Prohibitionists openly and defiantly, and with the experience of history and mankind against them, declare that no matter what mav be urged to the contrary, it Shall DS illegal and punishable by fine and imprisonment for any citizen to import, to make, to sell, or to consume alcoholic liquors. It is a monstrous and outrageous proposal. ' Evening Star,' December /th.) What the Minister of Justice, Mr Hcrdman, says: — "Just imagine the state of affairs if the goal of the " Prohibitionist was to be reached. If National " Prohibition were carried no liquor could be in New " Zealand except for medicinal, religious, or scientific " purposes. What a ridiculous condition of affairs " you would have in New Zealand if such a law were "in force. You carry National Prohibition, and New " Zealand wii! be a plague-stricken spot. People " wouldn't come here." (Applause.) What Prohibition Would Mean to Dunedin. The following figures are for the 12 months ended March Sist, 1914- They show the amounts actually paid by the Brewers, Wholesale Wine and Spirit Merchants, Aerated Water Manufacturers, and Hotelkcepers of this City:— Wages £106,578 Fuel and Lighting 7,344 Rent 27,692 Rates 3 j9 ?3 Harbor Dues 4,309 Freights, Cartages, and Railages 28,924 Laundry 5,124 Total £183,944 Number of Employees 784 flote. This return does not include donations to Charitable Institutions, Shows, or any other form of subscription. Nor docs it include license fees, or cost of repairs, or upkeep of any building used bv the Licensed Trade, which expends The evidence furnished by every civilised country is that the licensed regulation and supervision of the traffic In alcoholic liquors is infinitely preferable to the certain evils that follow in the train of No-license and Prohibition.
portsmnn (assisting jockey, who hae been knocked out): "Stand back, please! A little moro air! And hurry up with that brandy!" Faint voice from the patient: "Never minA 'bout the air!"
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Page 6 Advertisements Column 2, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914