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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Force of Above Statement

Force of Above Statement.

The weight of the above facts consists in this, that large and important sections of the same race as ourselves, speaking the same language, acting on the same moral principles, holding the same religious faith, and having up to a recent date held the same relation to the liquor traffic as we do, have deliberately asserted the moral and constitutional right of the people, by a majority of I votes, to suppress the liquor traffic. In only one single instance has the right of compensation been recognised, and in only one single case has the interest, supposed to be injured, had the audacity to make a claim to it. Is our moral sensibility so much more powerful than that of the countries mentioned, that we must demand that the people shall pay several millions of pounds to the liquor traffic before they shall be allowed to suppress it, and to withdraw; the gratuitous monopoly with which they have so long endowed it?