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THE SUNDAY CLOSINS' OF PUBLIC HGTFSES. 1 To the 'Editor. I- SiR,'—Allow me to draw your attention to the fact that through C the- exertions of the "Central Association for Stopping the Safe'of Intoxfe-ating Liquors on Sunday," upwards at seventy' < town councils, local boards, and boards of guardians, including m those of Manchester, Bolton, Dudley,. Crewe, Southampton. # Llamdloes, Polity pool, Blaenavon, ElaneKey, Swansea, Carnar- f von, Wrexham, Holyhead, Holywell. Dblffefley, Bala, St. Asaph. ( Rhyl, Llandtffeo- Ac., have aautted a resolution in favour of the closing of public and' beer houses during the I whole of Sunday;-and believing that' such an expression from our pubUc bodies, as representing tMwanb and wishes ef the b people, will have greater weight with her Majesty's ministers in ? the preparation of their promised measure than any other i mode that can be adopted arrangements are now being made for a further introduction of the question in She corporate and other bodies4 of Ehgl&nd and Wales: and as some of your readers who are placed in such position!! of trust may wish to take similar action^ I give the resolution adopted" That in » the opinion of this council (or board) it is expedient that anv measure for the general amendment of' the lows for licensing { public houses, beer houses, and referesWment houses should' inclnde the prohibition of the sale of liquors- on Sunday." In justification of tie principle of the-motion, allow me to submit the following reasons why such a provision should form part of the Government measure, viz.: 1. That it is universally admitted that mcch intemperance, and consequent improvidence-, pauperism, domestic misery, immor- rsflity, and criinearis8 fvoni drinking on the Lord's day. 2. That there are no justifiable reasons for-givinig exceptional privileges by law* for the carrying on of the traffic in intoxicating lienors on the Lord's Day, to the disadvantage of those engaged « in other callings, and ta the serious injury of the working classes, who oir that' day have their wages iri theii-pockets and extra leisure time at" their command. 8;' That a very large number of persons ara emprayed in this trade, who the7eby lose the benefit of a day of rest and the opportunity of attending religious worship, and that many of these desire toi ba-relieved off this necessity, as was clearly shown by the recent canvass of householders in forth Wales, when out ot968 publicans-and' beerseDers visited, 706- votecJ in favour of entire closing. 4. That while many and great disadvantages-arise from the existence of these facilities, no serious inconvenience would result from their removal (the case of travelers being excepted), certainly none which would deserve consideration in comparison with the great benefits which would result from the suppression of the traffic'. 6. That the stopping-of the sale of intoxicating liquors on the Lord's day would be in accordance with the wishes of a great majority of the people of'this country. Their feeling on this point has been tested not only in large public meetings held in the chief cities and towns in the kingdom, but also by a very general canvass instituted fvo-m house to house in more than 200 towns and villages in various parts of the country; when Wales, especially the northern part,, was found to be most unanimous in its wish for the suppression of the liquor traffic on the Lord's day, and as the figures may be of interest and nse, I beg to sub- mit the following summary r— No.- of Counties. Districts. Results, householders only. For. Against. Neutral.' Anglesey. 3527 27 00: Carnarvon 17 8332 68 9IJ Denbigh 26" 8662 213 201J: Fliut 12 4171 73 loa Merioneth 13 4386 18 51 Montgomery 8 2886 52 lid Total:85; 31,964 451-, 59i in isoutn waies, including Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Aberdare* Carmarthen, Brecon, &or, 23,267 householders voted for, and 995 neutral and against: England, though not so favourable af Wales, also gave a large- majority, the numbers being 2917,643 for, 58,431 against, and 36,795 neutral. 6. That it is not proposed to introduce any new principle of legislation,but only to extend the application- of a principle which has already proved most beneficial in its operation. 7. That the effect of the Forbes Mackenzie Act, giving to Scotland what we desire fOr-England, has been, according to the report of the royal commission, a great diminution-of intemper- ance and emne. 8 That the evidence of Major Greig, C.B., chief constable of Liverpool, Thomas Avery, Esq., mayor of Birmingham, and; others, who were examined by the select committee on the Sale of Liquors on Sunday Bill, 1868, go to prove the working of the Wilson-Patten Act of 1854 to have been very beneficial; and that the evidence given before that committee can be con- fidently referred to as justifying the extension of the present restrictions to the whole of Sunday; while it is generally affirmed that the report adopted by the committee was not in accordance with' the evidence tendered. Commending the above statement of facts to-the careful con- sideration of your numerous readers.-I am, sir, yours truly, THOMAS B. JONES, District Agent for Wales, Hereford-, and Salop. Adwytclilwdd, Wrexham.

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