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IS IT PARONOMASIA, FANATICISM, FAVOUR- ITISM, OR TEPEFACTION TEMULENCE ? To the Editor of the Penarth Chronicle. Sir,—-As a sailor visiting various ports, and one who in moderation enjoys a glass of bitter ale, have no ,difficulty in procuring my one or two dozens of balfs bitters at a reasonable price. But at Penarth port, with its 12,000 inhabitants, it Ï3, I am sorry to say, otherwise. For example, while staying in Penarth two dozen i!t sufficient for my thirsty soul, but lo and behold six dozen is the least quantity I can be supplied with art a fei: pasee, and therefore am obliged to put chase at t&t •hfy wholesale shop in Penarth which has a licence to sell one dozen. The consequence is I am com- pelled to pay 2s 3d a dozen for the ale and 2s for the bottles, total 4s 3d, which means only 225 per cent. gross profit, whereas at other similar ports I can pur- chase at la 8d a dozen, bottles Is, total 2s 8d. No doubt, Mr Editor, you will say I am a fool to pay it. Yes, I know tkat, but you see in my case it only occurs twice a year; but what about the Penarthites who have to pay this enormous profit week after week all the year round ? What would you term them? Naturally you ask the cause of this high price. Wall, it's simply this-other ports have a. number of wholesale houses licensed to supply a single dozen that means healthy competition; con- sequently the Government get paid for additional licenses, and the public get for 2s 8d what iCe Penarthites have to pay 4s 3d. Perbap3 you will say whose fault is this ? Why the magistrates, of course. Why don't the Penarthites bring their opinions to bear on these magisterial gentlemen to grant ether respectable wholsale dealers the privilege of selling one dozen, and thereby increase the Government funds and lessen the cost to the public, and by com- petition decrease the monopolist's outrageous promts? If a person in Penarth only requires one dozen half- ale he must pay 2s 3d a dozen on the other hand, if he will order six times more than he actually requires then the pries is Is 8d a doxen, 7d a doz. difference -nearly a penny a half-pint less- Now, Mr Editor, does this tend to lessen or increase drinking to excass, or is itl as I said at starting, tepefaction temulence ? b Peradventure, two respectable men apply for a licence—the one gets it easy enough, no trouble; but the other is refused over and over again. Why is this ? I never could understand it. I should be in favor of granting licenses to all respectable persons -in fact, make it open trade- Just fancy what a source of revenue these additional licenses would be. Then beer, like water, would flow freely, and very soon find its level. Every year a very large number of persons find a watery grave, either in the docks or at sea, but the Oorernment never step in and say there shall be less docks or sir alter boats. No; on the contrary, the boats and docks are increased both in size and num- ber. Why not apply the same principle to beer ? PRO. ET CON.

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