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THE GAMBLING EVIL. To the Editor of the Prestatyn Weeky." Sir,I did not intend writing further on this pernicious evil, nevertheless two things prompt me to do so. Firstly, many people have (although wrongly) laid to my charge the letter signed, Anti-put-on." Secondly, Mr Inglefield asks for proof that whist-drives are wrong. I will, therefore, endeavour to satisfy him from two standpoints. 1. I have before me a work on English law, in which I read under the heading Gaming This is playing any game of chance—e.g., cards, dice, &c.-for money or money's worth, and is an offence if done pub- licly, and is punishable by fine (maximum sESOO) or by imprisonment (six months)." 2. I turn to Holy-writ, and open at the record of that most glorious of all sermons, as recorded in the 5th, 6th, and 7th chapters of Matthew, and I find that the very same mode of enlargement given by Dr. Townsend to the 8th and 10th commandments was given by our Lord and Saviour to the 6th and 7th; again, we are admonished by the great Paul thus Whatsoever things are true, whatso- things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."—Phil. 4-8 Where is the honesty, loveliness, justness, virtue, etc., in card-playing that we should think on it ? As long as such follies are sanctioned by church leaders it is useless for either them or others to advocate Bible reading and other devotional exercises. If church leaders wish to improve the moral and social tone of the people, they must first act consistently themselves, and not. at one and the same stroke, violate both the Divine and State laws.—Yours, etc., JOHN F. SMITH. Drakelow, Prestatyn.




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