THE DANCER OF "TREATING."
The Archbishop of Canterbury, speaking at Bromley. Kent, said he did not think anyone who could watch English life at this moment from a standpoint that gave a wide view would dony that wo were in many places face to face with a worse condition of intemperance than we had been accustomed to for many years. From every side came tho same testimony that wo were at present in grave danger of a serious breakdown in tho direction of intemperance. Self-control and self-discip-line must be inculcated in the people in a moment of te«st and strain if we were to hold our own. He had undisputed testimony from at least six or seven diiferent counties of how men ordinarily temperate and self-rc6trained had been found in a condition which they themselves would have regarded as impossible a short time ago. The whole cause of this was treating by friends who, in an exciting moment, thought that by offering men drink they were giving them kindly encouragement. Before Lord Kitchener made his appeal in regard to this matter he had had many conversations with him abjut it. It had riot been clone lightly or thoughtlessly, and civilians had got to respond to the appeal. Alluding to the increase of insobriety among women, he said the homes of many whose menfolk had gone to the front had been up«et, and in the absence of the men they were excited, distressed, anxious, and ignorant. They were looking abroad to know what other people were talking about, and trying to get fellowship with people. Was it wonaeriul that in all this excitement many of them crowded the public-houses, not for the sake of getting drink, but to try to got information? Tie appealed to temperance workers to endeavor to deal with the difficulty.
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THE DANCER OF "TREATING.", Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914