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Lord Rosebery made a speech the other night, according to a London despatch of Judo 17, but contrary to some expectations did not utilise the occasion to justify his ownership of racehorses. There is, in truth, grave reason to fear that the Prime Minister is a stiff-necked sinner, and that he will even be found at Ascot this week, in company with the Prince and Princess of "Wales and other notorious offenders against the 'Nonconformist conscience." He has not even attempted to clear his conscience by devoting his Derby winnings to "charitable purposes like Baron Hirsch, although ft glimmer of remorse may perhaps be detected by exceptionally optimistic Puritans in the announcement that his Lordship has intimated his intention to give to the inmates of the Epsom Poorhouso a substantial dinuer in celebration of the victor}' of Ladas. The protests of various religious bodies against the sin of gambling and horee-racing continue to swell the Prime Minister's mail, but such replies aa have thus far been made by him show no sign of repentance. Dr Percival, of Paigby, preached in Westminster Abbey on June 17, taking as Ins t»xt "Aml my brother's keeper." In the course of his sermon he referred to Lord Rosebery and horse-raciDg, and said the whole world appeared to have taken Cain's words for a motto. When an Eaglish nobleman patronised the turf withits weedy growth of dishonesty and degradation simply to gratify a feeling for excitement, and did not use an effort or raise a linger to reform it, ho cameunder the fame condemnation. Theoutcry against Lord Rosebery's sporting proclivities, beyond a few sermon references, and an occasional gibe in obscure Tory paper?, has now subsided.

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ANTI-TURFMEN" DENOUNCE LORD ROSEBERY., Otago Daily Times, Issue 10106, 20 July 1894

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ANTI-TURFMEN" DENOUNCE LORD ROSEBERY. Otago Daily Times, Issue 10106, 20 July 1894