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BARON PIGOTT ON PUBLIC-HOUSES AND SUNDAY SCHOOLS. [The following extract is from the Judge's Charge to the Grand Jury at the recent Mon- mouth Assizes :]— Now, there are two cases, 4 and 8 in the calendar, which are for manslaughter. And 1D your county, as in others through which we pass, it is unfortunately the case that these offences are almost always referrable to the vice of drunkenness. In both these eases you find it said We were both drunk," They were both drunk," and then they fight for nothing or fight for pleasure. And then comes some injury or loss of life to one of the poor men while in a state of drunkenness; and then, next morning, when in a state of sobriety, the other man is as sorry as any member of society who takes no part in the affair. Now, this is referrable to the unhappy vice of drunkenness, which so much prevails in our country and I tracy will, having now full weight, get a firm control over all the public-houses and beer- houses. When you had no control over the beerhouses, the condition of things was this, that if you were severe with public-houses, for supplying too much drink, the people could go and get drink at the beerhouse, where you had not the same control. Now tbat you have control over the whole, it wants nothing but firmness to keep that control and enforce it, and not to call for too much evidence to prove that a house is not well conducted. As I said before, I say again, and it has been said to me, not the the control. Now that the magis- if you only note what houses turn out drunken people habitually, you need not go into what causes it. It is evident that people are allowed to drink to excess—that they are supplied with drink longer than they should have it; and all that is under the control of the person who well manages his house—who will not allow such conduct to take place. Those who pre- vent it, prevent manslaughter, crime, and vice of fdl descriptions those who encourage it Contribute to manslaughter, vice, and crime of all descriptions; and, therefore, what I say to gentlemen in your position—gentlemen who have the control—is this: keep the control; not using it to prevent men going to a public- house to get beer, or remaining a proper time to get beer; but using that control as far as possible to prevent publicans supplying drink: to persons until they are in a condition that they do not know whether they are committing murder or what. The crime of drunkenness may, I think, by this means be, to a great ex- tent, restrained. Of course, however, you know as well as I do that something more than that remains to be done if we really want to further the welfare of our fellowmen and the honour of God and our country. I believe, if you ask me what, in my judgment and knowledge, is the best mode of doing some- thing to assist toward that great end, I would say, encourage the efficiency of Sunday schools throughout the length and breadth of the land. I have thought of the subject much and I be- lieve there is no v.-ay in which every man may do greater good, in his sphere of life, than by pneouraging the teaching of the young in early life, not only how to read and write, but a knowledge of God and of their Saviour, in the Sunday school. It has many a-peas of good about it. Eirst, there is the habit of discipline enforced; secondly, these schools assemble at a period of the week when, above all times, it is desirable that we should encourage people to be in a suitable place for them and there can be no better place on a Sunday morning than a Sunday school, for that is the stepping stone to the Church or Chapel into which they cer- tainly go from the Sunday school; and from both—from Church or Chapel—they would go with minds educated, and instructed in those blessed truths which alone can lead men well through this life, and land them safely in the f which js to come. t

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