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DISTRICT AND PARISH COUNCILS.

SERVING DRINK TO CHILDREN.…

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SERVING DRINK TO CHILDREN. ♦ ACTION OF WREXHAM MAGISTRATES. On Wednesday a special sitting of the magistrates for the borough of Wrexham was held for the purpose of receiving a memorial respecting the serving of children under 13 years of age in public-houses with liquor for consumption off the premises. The Mayor (Mr. Philip Yorke) presided over a full bench of magistrates. A deputation, consisting of the Revs. Ll. Wynne Jones, Elliott Simpson, and E. St. Clare Hill (Church of England), W. Mellor (Wesleyan), R. E. Morris (Calvinistic Methodist), D. W. Elias and J. Roberts (Presbyterian), and G. T. Sadler (Congrega- tional), waited upon the magistrates, and the Rev. Ll. Wynne Jones presented to them a memorial inviting them to take some effective action in relation to the question. It stated that children of tender years were extensively used as messengers to public houses, thereby gravely imperilling the social conditions of such children. The memorialists believed that this practice was not only most undesirable in the interests of the children themselves, but that it also tended to cause excessive drinking on the part of adults at home, and was intimately connected with the growth of intemperance among women. The memorial was signed by all the ministers of religion in the town, and by 1,200 other inhabitants.- The Rev. Wynne Jones, in pre- senting the memorial, in the absence of the vicar of Wrexham, said there was no act of Parliament on this subject, but the record of what had been done in other places shewed them what might be attained. At Liverpool, Birkenhead, Southport, &c., the licensing magis- trates had taken steps which they thought would have good results. They had issued a warning, and that was followed up by action at the next annual general licensing sessions. That seemed to him a just exercifce of the authority placed in their hands, and he trusted the Wrexham magistrates would take similar action. Mr. Charles Murless, ex-Mayor of Wrexham, said he was a licensed victualler, and was not ashamed to say so. He was rather surprised at the sweeping remarks of the two previous speakers, as they must be aware that there were other ways of obtaining drink than at public houses. Grocers were licensed, and had the same privileges without the same supervision. He thought the movement was an attempt to handicap a particular trade. If it had dealt with the question as a whole, and included the grocers' licences, it would have had his hearty support. The Rev. Wynne Jones said he would have no objection to the inclusion of grocers' licences.—The Mayor said he heartily concurred with the memorial, and the Bench had unanimously resolved to support the deputation. He moved the following reso- lution: That the Chief Constable be requested to report to the justices at the annual general licensing meeting, 1898, any case "V "hich, after written warning, a licensee, whether a licensed victualler or grocer holding a licence, persists in serving children apparently under 13 years of age with liquor for consumption off the premises." Mr. T. P. Jones-Parry seconded the resolution, which was adopted.

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