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Is MORAL SUASION SUFFICIENT ?
BY PROF. O. B. FOSTER.
Whence comes this cry of "Moral Sua- From no pulpit, platform, or paper have
sion is sufficient? "' these men attempted to use that moralJ-
Not trom the thousands of Temperance suasion which they now so lustily praise.
workers, who, for long, weary years, have Their whole time has been givento the cruel
been doing their best to put a stop to the and relentless pushing of a traffic whose
fearful ravages of Intemperance; nor from dark and dreary history is full of human- -
the Churches, which are rapidly coming degredation, human misery, and human
face to face with the terrible fact that they woe.
are saving less people than the dram-shops And now when the burden has grown so
are sending to perdition; nor from the heavy that it can no longer be borne, and
Schools, that find their best ?fforts hindered the people are demanding that the dram-
mnd their best work often destroyed by the shops-the very source and fountain of
riles and weapons of the public drinking drunkenness-be closed up, these men
place; nor irom the Homes which lave come to the front and solemnly declare,
all these years been delivering over their "moral suasion is sufficient."
loved ones as sacrifices upon the cruel Sufficient for what?
altars of a legalized Liquor Traffic. No! To protect innocent, sober children from
not from these. the constant allurements, associations, and
The cry cornes mainly from a class of solicitations of the dramshop, which can
men who have never stirred hand or foot to exist only as it turns these into tippling
fee the enthralled victim from the chains youth and drinking men ? No.
that bound him; whose whole lives, energy, To save drunkards who every day must
' nd ingenuity have been devoted to making pass the open bars, while appetite pleads
Liquor, selling Liquor, and inducing people within and temptation pleads without ? No..
t drink Liquor. It comes from the dis- To take away a single license from a
tillers brewers, and rum-sellers of Canada, saloon, or shut the door of a single bar-
bosm tho Ontario Trade Benevolent (?) room, in which stands a man planted and
Association and its advocates. protected there by law to sell to a1l whomo
Tho cry is as hollow as it is dishonest. he can induce to buy ? No.