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¡GREAT TEMPERANCE MEETING.

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GREAT TEMPERANCE MEETING. Bishop of London's Plea. Earl of Crewe and Suffragettes] In continuance of the London United cam- paign in favour of the Licensing Bill, a de- monstration took, place in the AIbert ilall on Saturday that for size and influence has rarely equalled. The great building was packed "U overflowing, persons of all religions and Political views coming together to give their 8Upport to the Government in furthering the Measure. The Bishop of London presided. On his immediate right was the Earl of Crewe (Secre- of State for the Colonies), and on his Mr Arthur Henderson, M.P. (chairman of Labour party). Others present were the of Kensington, Sir T. P. Whittaker, Rev. J. Scott Lidgett, Lord O'Hagan, Countess of Carlisle, Lord Shuttleworth, rd Aberdare, Lord Eversley, the Bishop of 5?°lutnbia, and about forty members of Par- liament. The Bishop of London, who was given a fcffcat reception, said his belief was that the Church ought not to be tied to any political Party. What they should back was measures not parties, and it was because he believed Licensing Bill was good for the people that he stood there. The first fact in favour of the Bill was the enormous annual drink bill of England, which amounted to £ 166,425,CKX), and -as a disgrace to the country. It worked out at 78 3d per family-even counting wise tee- totalers such as himself. His second point was the evil result of this upon the country. He had been asked by the licensed victuallers of Westminster to substantiate his statement about the number of drunken and half-drunken he took out of the public-houses during his *?cent midnight march. Well, seeing was be- lieving, and when he knew that he could have in any mission hall in the poqr parts of ^Ondon as great a number as he picked out at Westminster, he was there to say as Bishop of £ >ndon, 1 will stand by any Government *hat will try and deal with this question." W-oud cheers.) GIGANTIC EVIL. It Was undeniable that a gigantic evil re- ed to be remedied, and scarcely any sac- rifice would be too great which would result in a marked diminution of this national degrada- *°n. His third point was that a decrease in hcences would mean a decrease in drunken- fcess. If it were not so, he should like to ask -hy the majority report of the Commission C) the subject advocated a speedy and con- siderable reduction of licences, (Hear, hear.) His fourth point was that whatever Govern- ment tried to remedy this evil did it with life in its hands, and it was because, he believed, that this Government had taken its hfe in its hands over this question that he felt it his duty to stand by it over this matter. There were those who said there was no temperance in this Bill. How could such an Recusation be made when it was remembered that the Bill decreased licences by 30.000, that it provided for a time limit, that it was *n favour of shorter hours on Sunday, that JJonmouthshire was to go with Wales, and that the bona-flde humbug was to be dealt th at last ? At the same time he did not think the Bill Perfect. He should line to see the provisions to clubs strengthened. His experience in East London was that bogus clubs were a Again, he was not going to stand his diocese being left out of the Sunday closing Movement. (Cheers.) Was this Bill funda- mentally unjust ? If was he would not back it p. What they were doing by this Bill was to lave the manhood of the Ration. (Cheers.) SUFFRAGISTS MAKE A SCENE. The Earl of Crewe said the measure was heing exposed to a torrent of misrepresenta- tIOn. They were told in bringing in the Bill that they were carrying on a course of robbery and confiscation. They were not altogether Unused to those charges, but they left them absolutely cold. At this point a woman in the gallery shouted, Why don't you give us votes, then ?" There J^ere cries of Throw her out," and howls of indignation from all parts of the hall. After a time the lady was removed. Lord Crewe, continuing his speech, said I deal once and for all with this interrup- tion. I say this—if votes for women are going to be used in hampering social reforms such as this I for one don't care how long their grant 18 delayed. His lordship went on to discuss the details of the Bill; and said the Government made no attack upon property. If there were provisions au the Bill which would do injustice, which Would deprive anybody of anything to which they were legally or morally entitled, he could Bay on behalf of the Prime Minister and his Colleagues that they would be ready to amend the Bill in that respect. There was again more confusion, caused by £ lady in the gallery shouting, Let women liave votes to help you." The interrupter was < Icinoved anndst the hisses of the assemblage. V Lord Crewe concluded by saying We arc going to stand to our guns I believe we have on our side the best elements of the nation, trtthout distinction of class, creed, or party. The Bishop of Kensington moved a resolu- tion welcoming the Licensing Bill as a great Jneasure of temperance reform, and hoping the Bill might be passed with as'little delay 88 possible. Mr J. Allen Baker, M.P., seconded the resolution. Speaking in support, Sir T. P. Whittaker, .P" said the money spent on drink in this country would be sufficient to give the people free railways, free trams, and free gas. Once this was realised, people would see what a jbain this drink bill was on the resources of the nation. The resolution was carried with enthusiasm.

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