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CHILDREN AS BEER MESSENGERS.

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CHILDREN AS BEER MESSENGERS. THE LEGALITY OF RECENT ACTION. A meeting of the Rhyl and District Licensed Victuallers' and Beer Sellers' Association was held at Abergele on Tuesday evening, under the chairmanship of Mr. E. S. Foster, the vice- president. In the course of a few remarks Mr. J. R. Rae (National Trade Defence Fund, Chester) dealt with the subject of assessments, the sale of drink to children, and the Royal Commission. The question of assessments has recently been raised in an acute form at Rhyl, attempts having been made on the part of the overseers to increase the assessment of several houses on the strength of large prices paid for them, and it is satisfactory to note that the action of the association has resulted in sub- stantial reductions being obtained on appeal to the Assessment Committee. In regard to the sale of drink to children, Mr. Rae remarked that it was with regret that he noticed in the news- papers that the Rhyl Bench had thought it necessary to threaten the trade with serious consequences.' Considering the manner in which the trade of the district generally had met the wishes of the magistrates in this matter, he thought the remarks of the chairman of the Rhyl bench were perfectly uncalled for. He pointed out that there was no law to prevent the sale of drink to children sent as messengers for its consumption off the premises. In fact, he rather doubted whether a publican could legally refuse to supply in such cases. At any rate, they as a trade had made it clear that they had no wish to entice children to their houses. They had repudiated through their organisations everywhere the offering of in- ducements in the form of sweets and toys, &c.; and they did not believe that except in one or two isolated cases such in- ducements were ever offered.—(Hear, hear.) The evidence laid before the Royal Commission had shewn that throughout the whole country the trade was a respectably conducted one, and that there was no ground for the baseless charges made against them by teetotal fanatics. He was very much mistaken if the finding of the Royal Commission did not make this perfectly clear. In conclusion, he urged the necessity for every member of the trade connecting himself with" the local association. One other matter he might briefly refer to, and that was the attempt being made in the Abergele district to compel licence holders to take six-day licences. The Bench had no right to legislate; it was their duty to administer the law as they found it, and he hoped that every member of their association would firmly set his face against any unfair attempt to attack their trade.

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