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CHRISTMAS EYE.

TO TUB KDITOR. Si,-—For n, very short, time I wander’d through the streets on Christmas Fve. It was extremely pleasant to be out, and to sv bow much happiness and money existed in Dunedin in spite nl the war. 1 o my nr.rid. onlv mm thing jarred —the sight of neui. not drunk (oh, no), only overcome hv strong drink. Thev were not noisy a» time staggered along the (street : most of them with sullen, downcast faces ; but onethought of those awaiting them at home, and shuddered. As I passed one home there rang out the frenzied tones of a man whom I knew to Ic m delirium tremens, watched over by a imrve-vackcd, plucky wife. '■What a're you stopping fort Ate you afraid of murder being done?" asked the. child at my side, reading my thoughts hy some sort of telepathy. 1 hen wo pns.-ccl two youths supporting a. third, very young ami very helpless. Several men lurched bv in the crowd, none m 1 them sober. In the tram, a young Territorial, aided hy King Alcohol, regaled the passengers with ribald songs and remarks. At first the car was too ciowded to allow of tho door being shut, but whenever possible bis companions, who were shielding him in shame and confusion, .-lammed it vehcr.iemlv. The youthful conductor blushed with distress and annoyance. Ihe car was full of young gills, who. let ns hope, did not properly mid-Trtand the words they heard.

No wonder Karl Kitchener begs for ah--line!ie.‘ tor our soldiers. Only the Moderate league shriek: ■'Why. these I’rohibi-tioni-t- would deny a. drink to our brave defender.-.?" And not being as charitable a- I should, mu- even an orthodox member of that Anglican Church which sees no evoil in permitting the sale of strong drink- -being only a- woman, hurt hy the fold wonts flying around, and witii a heartache for the mother and -islers and -Meetheart of that poor drunken lad I imped that those who are selfishly unwilling to put down this trattle would feel its ellVcts dba-tion-lv. too. Two days later a woman told me of her Christmas Fee : how her husband had gone out with hi< younger son and visited bar after bar ti' ! the child got tired and went home. She spoke of the father reaching home halfmad. roaring nut foul word; and epithets; of her dependence on her elder son, aged l : l. to shield her from bodily violence ; of her ueees-ity at last-to call in the aid of a neighbor. Tor hours she-.and the children waited, till at last sleep came to the vielira of drink in the early Christmas dawn. Is thi. a fancy picture? emphatically no! Is it a -olitary one'.' I trow not.

Members .of the Moderate League. I call on you to prevent a. repetition of such awful sound- and heartrending sights on New Year’-. Tve. See to it that women and children have (heir liberty, do round the bars of this City, see that the trade is properly conducted : that no man is allowed to get drunk, or served when drunk. Von permit this traliie to exist. It is. therefore, your obvious dutv to see that no excess of drinking take- place.—l am. etc.. Countrywoman, December 29.

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CHRISTMAS EYE., Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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CHRISTMAS EYE. Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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