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LONDON CORRESPONDENCE.

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FOREIGN AND COLONIAL.

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STEAMBOAT COLLISION AND LOSS…

ALEXANDRA PALACE. '

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THE EASTERN QUESTION.[< .......-

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS.

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PA m J AM &NTARY jm: LLIGENCE.

ANOTHER ATTEMPT^

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ANOTHER ATTEMPT^ "Those who live in glass-houses should never throw stones," is an old proverb, and is continually proving how true it is. The latest edition of this truism is seen in the controversy at present being carried on between the Holy Alliance"—that is, the licensed victuallers and the teetotalers on one Bide, and the grocer-wine merchants on the other. A "small deputation of licensed victuallers and others" (that is a quotation) waited on Mr. Staveley Hill lately and induced him to b,) the medium of introducing a bill into Par.iatnenj for the express purpse, evidently, of entirely annihilating the t rocer wine merchants' wine nd spirit tra3e. This is not only un ai- on the face of it, inasmuch as it wishes to create a monopoly of a trade, but it is con" trary, and directly cor trary, fo the recognised desire to do away with drunkenness. The Duke of Westminster says, in speaking of grocers' licenses, That it was im- possible to prove that any direct mischief arose from such licenses;" that he thought that "grocers' licenses might be a great convenience to the public and prevent people going to the public-house." The Lord Chief Justice, in a recent trial brought before him, says that if women w sh to drink they would do it, in spite of Sunday closing, permissive legislation* restrictive laws, &c., &c., or words of like im* port. The effect of the law making all grocers go befere the Bench of magistrates at Brewster Sessions (the terror of all publicans) for their licenses (which licenses, by the way, the magifl" trates are de facto almost unable to refuse) haS only been to cause unpleasantness; and it must be a fact, patent to all but the wilfully blind, that home drinking, to which the grocer-wine merchants' trade is practically restricted, must be under home influence, and therefore much more likely to tend te the decrease of drunkenness than the indiscriminate sale of very small quantities of fiery and adulterated spirits by publicans. Again, it is urged that the grocers have undue advantage over the publicans in the matter of license expense, whereas, in fact, the publican's licence on the average is about one half the expense of the grocer's. Another point to be taken into consideration is the fact that the goodwill" of a public-house is so much more expensive than that of a grocer's business that, to make both ends meet;, publicans are obliged to charge enormously high rates for second-rate articles to make a profit, whereas grocers are able to supply first-class articles at reasonable price, as they are really enly agents ot large well-established firms of wine and spirit mer- chants, such as Gilbey and others; and the grocrtt invariably sell according to their fixed London tariffs. The discussions before the Durham Board of Guar* dians] and the Luton Borough analyst, reported during the past week, clearly demonstrate that quality and strength in spirits, and purity and value in wines are more surely to be obtained at the grocer's than through any other channel. It is plain, therefore, that this controversy must prove to the licensed victuallerS that "curses, like young chickens, always come hoØ1e to roost."

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