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MR. J<) 11V H. W11.1,1A MS…


MR. J<) 11V H. W11.1,1A MS AND HIS MKT flODS. MR. PERCY MORGAN INTERVENING TO THB BDITOR. —Afc ilis risk of nauseating your readers I venture to *tl<l a -further communication to the already long correspondence which has appeared in your columns. I will, however, saake it hi ief an possible. Mr. Wiiiimna, if I may say (0, quibbles too amoh over mere words. He did not, lie says quote the ipse rlixit of judges, etc., as proof. J never said liw did. HH quoted mere assertions of individuals as evidence in support of his argument in favour of prohibition. As to the number of poisons dependent for « livelihood Oil the drink trade no ollîeial figures are obtainable but just 26 years ago Protesiot- Leoni Levi studied t,he subject and estitititoid the numbyr as 1,600,000. Owing to increase of trade during the fast quarter of a century and taking into account the enormous number of persons entirely or partly dependent on interest and dividends from brewery, distillery, hotel, publichouse companies, etc., it is usually ad- mitted that the total is now somewhere between two and three rnildon persons My statement as to the taxation collected through the trade vras not intended to mislead anyone. The total, includillg local taxation account ( £ 3.204 of!9) amounted to £ 35,171,840 for the year 1895-96. This total has been exceeded for tiieyear just ended, but the exact figures are not yet published. I cannot follow Mr. Williams into his foreign tibiae showing wages paid in certain trades, Hut I maintain that the whole argument nStJd is onesided. What is the good of comparing the manufacture of alcoholic drink with brick- making or printing p I venture to say it will eompare very favourably with other drinks or rUil articles of consumption which are more in the nature of luxuries. How much goes to British workmen's vages for instance out of a million spellt on teCt, colfee, mineral waters, tobacco, &e. ? The alcoholic liquor trade at any late employs much more labour, ami is vital to th.9 welfare of the barley and hop growers who profitably cultivate suppose nearly two Millions of acres for the purpose. I said Mr. Williams's statement as to alcohol belonging to the m'),¡(¡ deadly class of poisons was misleading and 1 gave my reasons ;knd quoted the opinions of two high teetotal authorities that its consumption in the form of alcoholic drink was wholesome. I readily with- draw any persona* imputation but on reading lir. Williams" first letter the impression left on «ay mind was tlmteither the assertion was made in ignorauce or carelessness or else purposely to mislead, and! certainly stiil think it is moat misleading. He referred to wluohol as a solvollt for instance. Mr. Teiiiivs,t Smith, and Mr. Williams too, 1 apparently, advocate prohibition. Why? Isit uot because alcohol is asserted to be a poison ? ■Aj! pointed out already, however, when •efficiently diluted aud used with temperance, mstead of being poisonous, alcohol bee nues a Wholesome beverage and thus the chief ground for prohibition disappears and reasonable People are left to ad vocate the great virtue of temperance in drink as in all things. Mr. Williams' remarks about the Cardiff Agures are iiiiitjtelli(,ible to me, and would seem be simply evasive of the question I put in Amy last, viz--Wiiab are Iiis figiii-es showing a jfocrease of convictions for drunkenness in yardiflf since the Sunday Closing Act came lhto force ? When General Neal Dow made his com- parison re savings batiks, why did lie not give the founts in the savings banks of Maine's sister forth American. States, instead of jumping Over these to plump on states so far away as Qhio and Illinois? Was the reason this: Tlla t the amounts in her sister North Atlantic non- PPohibition states were larger than in Maine, and, consequently, opposed to the argument of "ftalDow ? Was it inei-ely chance that led to this ?ddselection so far away ? However, the amount 111 the savings banks is but a small portion of the wealth of a state. If we compare the **alth of Maine with that of her sister North Atlantic States and also with Ohio and Illinois 1Ve find that the wealth per CI-I pi tat, is as follows: Rtkine (pi-olli I)itioll state), 740 dollars; New Harripsilit-0 8o3; Vermont, 799 Massachuset s 1,252; Rhode Island, 1,459; Oounecticut, 1,119; yhio, 1.076 and Illinois, 1,043 so that M due rfter 45 years of prohibition lags far behind the liquor states as regards progress and wealth. r, Willitillis states that if we go in for pro- I hibition, manufactures will inciease and the Workers will benefit. After 45 years of prohibi- lon in Maine her rate of progress in this respect 1ltsteac1 of beinfif much superior is not equal to tllat of the adjoining liquor states,-I am, sir, your, obedient servant, PERCY U. MORGAN. Victoria Street, London, 17th May, 1897.