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ministration of a country like go quietly to their homes—to Southern Baluchistan is bound spread his teachings in proto bo pretty sketehy.
paration for The Day. "Now suppose your Bolshe. “Batho made a mistako vory vik agont has managed to reach common with agitators. Ho India, Whero does the best overrated his powors of oonfield for his labours lie? trol over the foroes that ho Where better than at the W88 generating. And before great contres of pilgrimage ? he realised it his leadership For at theso religious fairs was gono, and the Aghori thousands — in some cases, ruled the mob. So then Peter hundreds of thousands of decided that the time had pilgrims colleot from the four come for him to seek pastures oorners of India; 80 seed new; for he had no wish to down there is sown broad east. share in the limelight of an And the pilgrims are then just untimely murder. in the right frame of mind, “Bat'--my friend remarked too, to be oarried away by the 'do not fear; he will not pornioious dootrines of any esoape us. For every policeself-styled saint or reformer. and levy-post is warned. And
“So it was with these con- he has given me much useful siderations before his mind that information, such 88 the my friend was sent to Southern names of their agents under Baluohistan, with orders to training at Tashkend and keep a special watch on Nani Merv and Askabad, with the Mai. He travelled to the routes they mean to follow. shrine in the disguise of an Oh yes, we have done very asootio, and there he found Stre- well. But you, sir, you had an wal Peter already in possession. Unoommonly narrow shave.'
“ The rest of the tale is briefly “With that verdiot I entirely told. My friend soon saw that agree. And, if over any one Strewal Poter was the very asks me to visit Chandragap, man he was after. So he took I shall think of the reply of oare to pal up with him, and Sinan bin Selama, the Arab, to listen reverently to his teach- when appointed by the Coings. When the pilgrims ar. liph to command the Makran rived, tho work of propaganda Expeditionary Force : Thou at once began. And in his showest me the road to Makran pose of Yogi, Strewal Poter —but what a difference lios know well how to combin, between an order and its exereligious arguments with all oution! I will never enter the the subtle dootrines of the country, for its name alone Soviet-to kindle fanaticism terrifies me. He knew a thing against British rule. But at or two, did Sinan; and Makran this stage mere murder was no has not altered greatly for the part of Peter's programme; better during the twelvo hunfor he wanted his hearers to dred odd years sinoo his day."
CURIOUS MISUNDERSTANDING WITH REGARD TO THE
TEMPERANCE (SCOTLAND) ACT, 1913.
NOT long ago two simple swore stoutly that they had Soottish electors, having been watohed the door of the flats delugod by loaflets either advo- during the whole of the time eating or denounoing Probibi- in question, and that no human tion in view of the Looal Option boing had gone in or out. poll expected next November, Aftor & long period of beand having heard muoh talk wildormont, the mystory was and many arguments in and out solved by some olover amateur and round about the Temper. who oame to the assistance of ance (Scotland) Act, 1913, took the law and discovered that the extreme and, as it would the dood had been done by the now almost appear, the' un- postman. This supposodly Usual step of expending 2d, in harmless offisial had callod at the parohase of a copy of the the usual hour, and, contrary Aot, and reading it over for to all prooedont, had taken thomselves. To their amaze- away the body of the old ment they found that it had gentleman with the mails in nothing whatever to do with his post-bag. So little, howProbibition, and that, so far over, had tho witnesses associfrom those who framed it ated the thought of murder having apparently so extreme with a postman, and so sure a step in view, it seems to have had they unoonsoiously been boon drawn up with the that a post-bag could oontain oaution that has long been nothing more mysterious than agdosiated with our national letters and newspapers, that oharaoter.
they had not even seen the I think it is G. K, Chester- postman in this new and ton who, in order to prove how unexpeoted obaraoter. our senses may deceive as Exactly the contrary neems under the influence of a pre- to have happened in connection oonooivod idea, 0100 wrote a with this Temperance Aet. So fantastio tale of an old gentlo- sure has the publio been that man who was murdered on it oontains Prohibition, that the the top flat of some London shadowy form of this gigantie mansions. The murder, it was spootre has been seen flitting in proved by circumstantial evi- and out of pages where åsbůrdonoo, must havo been oom- odly it is not. .!!! mitted and the body removed The other alternativo one within a fow minutos of midday, dismissos hastily. It cannot and the case was the more be that people writo leaflets puzzling booause the porter and make speechos about Aots and several other porsons which they have not read!
Experts here and there have, Aot. If, thon, the No-License doabtless, put the facts plainly, Resolation is not Prohibition, but those faots seom, for the what is it, and why has it most part, to have fallen on been tho Nemesis of the unboeding ears. Let us, then, “Trade” and the hope of the rid our minds of all procon- Temporanoo Party for the ooivod ideas, and see what the last seven years ? On what, Aot really contains.
exactly, are we asked to vote Words and names are often in November ? 80 loosely applied as to befog We are to have three options the imagination, and a defini- pat before us. (Here are the tion may olear the air,
exact words of the ballot Prohibition, as demonstrated papor.) soross the Atlantio, means that i. No Change Resolation. the manufaotare, sale, importa
(Means that the tion, or distribution of alooholio powers and disoretion drink is entirely forbidden. The of the licensing court wealthy classes may still be shall remain anobanged.) able to have wino on their 2. Limiting Resolution. tables from cellars stooked
(Means that the num. under the old system, but no bor of certifioates for the one, from end to end of the sale of exoisable liquors United States, oan now bay a
shall be reduced by one single glass of spirits without quarter in accordance patting himself into opposition with the provisions of to the law.
the Aot.) Under the “No - License 3. No-Licensé Rosolution. Resolution" of the Seottish
(Moans that no vertiAot, on the other hand, the ficate for the sale of exwholesale trade in liquor is oisable liquors shall be allowed to go on pretty muoh
grantod exoept for inns, as it did before, and hotels, hotels, or restaurants, in inns, and olubs will still be
special cases, in accordallowed to sell alooholio liquors anoo with the provisions to their guests, or to any one of the Aot.) taking & moal on their pre. With the first two options misos. With a dootor's order wo are not here oonoerned, but liquor may be bought at & as to the third, half the story chemist's ; restaurants may of the meaning of the Resolu. provide spirits, wipe, or ale tion depends on the little word with meals, and the well-to- “except," and the exceptions do person nood not be under above mentioned seem to the any apprehension that his writer to olear our post-bag cellar will be interfered with ; from any suspicion of confor, providing that he buys not taining the body of that less than two gallons at a time, much-murdered old gentleman, his liberty to drink may even “Prohibition,” degenerate into lioense, with. And now for the more out any interference from the partioular meaning of the No - License Resolution. If, out very much as they did in by a majority of 55 per the Carlisle area experiment; oont of tho reoorded votes (not and the “Trade," which, in less than 35 per cent of the many instances, seems sincerely electors for the area having desirous of doing its work in voted in favour thereof) tho a better atmosphere, would be Resolution is carried in any given the opportunity of fularea, the grooers' license and flling the aspirations which the drinking bar go out of many of its members have existence. Tho cause of Tom- recently expressed in regard peranoo reaps the enormous to reform. benefit that this entails, for And here an interesting the serious temptations to point may be noted. After goerot drinking offered by the the expiration of the first one, and the scandals of the year of the new restaurant streets se largely oa usod by license, tho proprietor of what the other, are immediately we may call the Reformed swept away.
Publio- house must satisfy tho This is not all, however. The licensing authorities, through licensing authorities, and, be it the figures shown by the exnotod, the same licensing ap- oise, that he has not made more thoritios as we have at present, than two-fifths of his profits may in any area issuo fresh from the sale of alooholio licenses for inns or restaurants, liquors. This provision, which where, as in the Carlislo ex- sooms to have beon somewhat periment, any one may have overlooked so far, should work boer, wine, or spirits with his out, it seems to us, in such a moals. It is true that the way as to make the limitapremises of suoh a publie-house tien most felt prooisely where or restaurant must be struo- it is most needed. It sureturally adapted to the pro. ly means that where the inn, vision of food; but the almost hotel, or restaurant makes sure result of the passing of largo profits through the provithe No - License Resolution sion of lodgings, food, &o., this would be that a certain num- enactment will be little felt; ber of the pablio-houses would, while in the lower distriots of in their own interests, altor great oities for instance, whore their promisos 80 as to moet the the whole profit must be demands of the Aot, and that made on those very meals thoso pablio-houses would go with which “drink” is proon with their business undor vided, there will be very real
now and roformod system restriotion. If any one wants in May 1921, whon the Ro- beer or spirits with his meal, solution will oomo into force. he may have it; bat, on the Things would indood work othor hand, if he only wants beer or spirits, with a bisouit & loaf, however, is surely, in thrown in, it will have to be the present instance, better rathor an expensive bisedit. than no bread, and the
1 This two-fifth provision is only indirectly mentioned in the Act. The reader is referred to an older Act, which gives this as the condition of the renewal of the restaurant-keeper's license.
It must be admitted that objeotions before mentioned the No - Lioense Resolution is are not, after all, insuperable, far from perfeot. It goes too Since tho Aot gives the whole far for some of us, and not matter into the bands of the far enough for others. It is elootorate, the working man not free from & suspicion of will not voto for “No-Lioense" olass legislation, although on anless he likes it. As a matter this head it may be noted of fact, when in 1887 a plebi. that the Independent Labour seite of the city of Edinburgh Party has recently, by & was taken on the subjeot of majority, voted in its favour. Prohibition, the largest number It removes drinking-bars and of votes for the closing of the grooers' licenses without com- publio-house was recorded in pensation, and it is 80 hedged the poorest part of the oity, aboat with “bats” and “ex and the smallest in the West copts” that it praotioally End, where the miseries oonleaves the situation in the neoted with the present system hands of the licensing au- were known only to the thorities — & body that has imagination. As to the hard. not always been so whole- ship entailed by the publioan
perance as some of us would all, have had seven years of desire.
warning and of plenty in With all its faults, how- which to insure against lous; over, it is tho only measure the licensed grocer, moreover, of temperance reform now losos only part of his trade, before the country. An inter- and the publican may rooonesting artiole, whioh appeared struot his premises and torn in the Novomber number of restaurant-keeper. To add to Maga,' advooated State this, the whole thing is in Purobaso as an amendment the nature of an experiment, to the 1913 Aot. Sootland and need only last for three did not, however, rise to this years, a reflection which should idea, and although it is being make an appeal to the oanny disoussed for England, there is Soot; while, es & guide to no suggestion of its being possibilities, it is interesting offered to us Soots at present. to remember that Ontario Neither doos the country ap- tried the same experiment pear to be ripe for Prohibition. many years ago, and that Whatever might have been the when, after three and a half case in the early days of the goars, she had an opporwar, it sooms certain that tunity of going baok to the Sootland is not now inolined old conditions, the demands to follow Amerioa's example, for Repeal were almost neg. Rightly or wrongly, she does ligible. not wish to go "dry." Half If, then, the Aot is a real