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giving your readers bis ground., for eawng so. There. can be little doubt that were it not for rum rations in both the Xavy and Army we tdionld not be holding the position we do hold at present. I am afraid >lr Wain- wright has attempted the impossible. He has tried to bolster up a ease against the reasonable and moderate use of drink from premises which are hopelessly un- ,oiin,d. His whole argument seems to be based upon the absurd assumption that drink taken in any quanti- ties is injurious. I have by me as I write Sir James Crichton Browne's most excellent booklet, entitled "\S hat we owe to alcohol." Sir James is admitted to be one of the g-reate.,t authorities we have on this important subject. Whilst giving it hi.- opiniod that total abstainers are entirely wrong in their views he also gives the views of other eminent authorities. May I he allowed to quote a few of these. "We cannot," Aavs. Dr. Robert HuUhinson, our high- est English authority on diet, "deny to alcohol the right to be regarded as a food." "Alcohol," say" the committee of the Royal Society on Food Supply, and this is the latent and most authcri- taiive deliverance on the subject, "has some food value. Accurate experiences have shown that alcohol, if taken in moderate doses, up to the amount contained, for example, in our quart of tteer. is completely burnt up in the body. This combustion of nect.ity libera- tes energv in the body." "Liebig proved that in France solid food is consumed in larger quantities by those who never drink wine, and now that we are threatened with a serious food de- ficiency, the value cf alcohol as a food -6parer, mut not be lost sight of." Again, Sir William Roberts, another great authority in dietetics aid, "I think it probable that three or four generations of total abstainers in this country would lower our mental capacity to the. Moslem level, and that we should cease as a nation to be a breeding ground for men of genius." "I have worked am- The Rev. Forbes PhiUips said. I haw worked am- ongst criminals in the slums cf a large town- The favourite drink was invariably eoeoa." while Dr, Wil- liam Healy in his hook on the "Juvenile Delinquent" savs. "one notable discovery is the small part (amongst the factors of criminality) attributable to excess in ¡ alcohol in young criminals, in contrast with the fre- quent exce?-ive indulgence in tea and conec." Sir James concludes hi? m:??t splendid treatise bv saving that while "we owe alcohol a grudge we owe it a h?v? debt of gratitude ako. It has thrown down, but it has buiit up on a far larger scale- Our aim should he to avail ourselves of the gracious senLe, it ?offer., and to prevent its prostitution." I ,a y to Mr Wainwri?ht de)iberate!y that any attempt to eradicate the vice of intemperance which doe- not take into account the above and similar views is hope- lessl* v doomed to failure. Yours, etc., I Lake View. Pontyberem, 2.3.IS, A. s. EVANS.