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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 74


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The spoil of the poor is in year houses. What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and of the poor ? saith the Lord God of Hosts.—Isaiah iii, 14, 15.

[unclear: The] ravages strong drink are, in one sense, a Tery familiar subject; but another they are to most of us a sealed book. There are certain great [unclear: moi] of which Coleridge speaks as "lying bedridden in the dormitories of soul"—truths, that is, too obvious to be disputed, but grown powerless [unclear: an] neglect and want of exercise, and commanding on occasion a vague and [unclear: tract] recognition instead of a constant and practical homage. Upon the [unclear: ill] of the drink problem which even for the most thoughtless has almost [unclear: Ipel] of an axiomatic truth—I mean its magnitude and urgency—I shall very little to say to-night and nothing that is new, and what I shall will be entirely directed towards a more disregarded aspect of the action, namely, the responsibility of the individual Christian in the [unclear: i] of this gigantic evil, and especially in relation to those who are [unclear: a] ble to protect themselves than he is. My endeavour will be to [unclear: nize] activity this belief in the enormity of the evil which in some is but a bedridden truth, and to convert it into a vital power for the [unclear: ce] of conduct. I shall speak from the Christian standpoint, and as the [unclear: ect] is important and I do not wish to be misunderstood, I shall speak as [unclear: ly] as possible.