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:FEBRUARY COMPETITION.

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ASTONISHING MEMORY.

GIVE THE FOOD PROVIDER A CHANCE.

DRINK AND THE WAR. !

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DRINK AND THE WAR. Sir,-Your correspondent "D. Rees," of Brynllvs. ap- pears to think that he has. by twisting my statement-, made out a case for total abstinence as the end, and for Prohibition as a means to ensure that end. If he doe- so. think then -lie again is hopelessly in the wrong. s Tie is wrong also in the second place if he thinks for a moment that those, who, like myself, believe that alcoholic drink, taken in moderation is food for the system, object to being treated to that measure of re- striction which the, Government in its wisdom decider is necessary in the interest of the nation at this critical time; and, in the third place he is criminally in the wrong when he assists in the exploiting of the war to force upon the people of the country views and schemes which he knows would never be tolerated in normal times. Your correspondent may, among other teetotal extremists, sneer at the idea of any danger in tamper- ing unduly with the liberty of the citizen, but I warn him, in all gravity and seriousness, that he will find lurking here a very real danger. What are we at war for to-day? Is it not for that great birthright of free- dom, handed down to us by our forefathers, and which the term Britisher looks upon as sacred, and for which he, is prepared to sacrifice his all? I cannot believe that any friend of mine can ever have said that "the people of England would rather lose the war i in do without their beer," but, what I do believe is it would be criminal to continue the great sacrifices w ■ are making to-day if at the end of it all this country and its people were to be deprived of its liberty and governed by the fanatics of the country. In a phrase, let me make it clear, that what we do object to is. not the taking away of our glass of beer, if this is necessary, but, that it should be done at the. bidding of a political body of men which has never, since the truce was es- tablished, made any attempt to observe it. Yours, etc.. CnlRo.

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