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AUSTIN'S HAWAIIAN WEEKLY.
3
Prohibition and Temperance.
By Anne M. Prescott.
I
"So the Lord awaked. as one out
of sleep ; and like a giant refreshed
with wine, He smote his enemies in
the hinder parts ; and put them to a
perpetual shame." The Psalms, Day
15, Common Prayer.
"Because right is right, to fol
low right, were wisdom in the
.scorn of consequence."
It does not enter into the
"eternal fitness of things," this
hateful term "Prohibition," in any
civilized and highly enlightened
country on this planet no. And
we know whereof we speak. It is
not worshipped nor even tolerated
indeed, it is now often consid
ered an effete and threadbare sub
ject for debate by scientific logi
cians and statesmen. It is simply
an irritant, an urper of the very
evil it sometimes honestly, doubt
less, seeks to allay. But as it is
proved sophistry the whole argu
ment, consequently falls to the
ground.
We do propose to give up
our freedom, nor toss it over, one
inch of it, for a glass of wine nor
a swallow of cau-dc-vic, to gratify
the short-lived vanity and un
sound reasoning, the worse than
wasted time, of mistaken men and
women. As we have said pro
hibition is now cold-shouldered
and thrown aside by the great
leaders of debate It is dead and
buried except in far-away and
isolated spots. There will
always be intemperance in
the world Intemperance in
other, many things, besides the
too much drinking of fermented
wines and liquors; too much eat
ing and too often even in Lent and
on Fridays of rich food, and
drinking of tea, coffee, etc., intem
perance in reading illegitimate
books and newspapers, playing
and singing illegitimate songs
yellow-covered literature: intoxi
cation in speech, manner, dress;
staggering in "sound doctrine"
and in true loyalty to God and
man.
Yes, we are sorry to know that
there will always be evils in the
world unto the end; there will be
drunken men as there will be liars,
and law and order breakers; ag
nostics infidels and atheists,
false teachers and falser gods.
But. "lo the days are hastening on,
By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth
shall oven,
The Prince of Peace their King,
And the whole world send back
the song,
Which now, the angels sing.
Peace on the earth, good-will to
men,
From heaven's all-gracious King."
There are found to be better and
wiser methods of dealing, with this
terrible evil of "drunkenness."
Methods of dealing, with this ter
rible evil of "drunkenness."
From a gentleman owning a
vineyard in Southern California,
and employing only French wine
makers, (his wife being a French
lady and he himself having made
his home in France for more than
twenty years), much was gathered
of sound information on the sub
ject of wine-making and wine
drinking, in that country and in
California as well.
He said that he had never
known on his place drunkenness,
nor intemperance; that the men
were allowed all the wine they
wished and that they always took
wine with their meals, women and
children as well, at their choice.
That in all the years, he had
known of but one man over step
ping the mark and that in that
case, the foreman (French) did not
need to remonstrate for his fellow
workmen reproved him. "Was
your father a drunkard that you
drink your wine clear, and so
much at a time?" He said that
their universal rule was, one-third
water. It mattered not how little
a man earned some part of it was
put aside, invariably. Is it any
wonder that the country of France
to-day owns the richest treasury of
the civilized world, and that her
people are healthy, temperate and
happy La belle France!
"Prohibition is not temperance
neither is total abstinence." "Have
salt in yourselves."
We, Americans, prohibitionists
(and allow us to say we are not now
thinking altogether of the few
born and bred in Hawaii but of
the large number possibly out of the
many millions of people in our
own country) are the citizens of a
new and young, but no one wishes
to deny, great country great
physically, materially, morally and
intellectually. All straight? Very
well. Granted. Just all that;
but here it is: We often fancy
probably, that we know all, know
all that is to be known, all
that has been known, and all that
ever will or can be known, by any
order of being whatever, through
out all eternity. And there my
dear friends, much as we love you
all, we say you are a little mite too
sure now and again. There is not
only much of the true wisdom of
America; but there are men, also
of the "salt of the earth" "light of
the world," all over the civilized
globe Germany, France and the
rest, together with Great Britain,
(men sitting in the House of Com
mons, and in that of Lords) who
are to-day making an exhaustive
study of this evil of drunkenness
and who think no more of giving
not only hours of debate, and
months of day and night labor
added to their $50,000 in solid coin
of the realm, to help their neigh
bour to rise above his miserable
and wretched condition, than of tak
ing a glass of claret. But their
theory nor their practice does not
include "Prohibition." Moral:
Wisdom will not die with us.
"In God we trust" and after that
we trust our neighbour. Heaven
born wisdom, the gift of the Holy
Ghost, the comforter.
P. S. A temperance shrub:
Two teaspoonfuls of sour goose
berry jam stirred into a tumbler of
cold water delicious !
N. B. Wine, and sugar to the
taste.
Thomas Atkins to Rudyard Kipling.
"There's a reg'lar run on papers since we
'eard that you was 111;
An' you might be in a 'orspital, the bar
ricks is so still;
We 'ave all been mighty anxious since we
'eard it on parade;
An' we aint no cowards neither, but I own
we was afraid.
"An' we all prayed 'ard and earnest:
'O Gawd, don't take 'im yet I
Just let 'im stop and 'elp us;
An' warn, "Lest we forget I" '
"The sargeant said: ' 'E won't get round.
Its "three rounds blank" for 'im I
'E won't write no more stories!' And our
'opes was bloomin' dim.
But our 'ad always 'elped T. Atkins, an'
though things did look blue
Well! we aint much 'ands at prayin', but
we did our best for you.
" ' 'E mustn't die; we want 'im!
O Uawd, don't take 'im yet;
Spare 'im a little longer!
'E wrote "Lest we forget!' "
"We 'eard that you was fightin' 'ard just
as we knew you would;
But we 'ardly 'oped you'd turn 'is flank;
they said you 'ardly could.
But the news 'as come this mornin', an'
I'm writin, 'ere to say,
There's no British son more 'appy than
your old friend Thomas A.
" ' O Gawd, we're all so grateful
You 'ave left 'im with us yet,
To 'old us in, and 'alt us,
Lest we, lest we forget!' "
London Times.
God's Motto.
Up through the soil where the grass Is
springing,
To flaunt green flags in the golden light,
Each little sprout its mate is bringing.
(Oh , one little sprout were a lonely sight!)
We wake at dawn with the silvery patter
Of bird notes falling like showers of rain,
And need but listen to prove their chatter
The amorous echo of love's sweet pain.
In the buzz of the bee and the strong steed's
neighing,
In the bursting bud and the heart's
unrest,
1 he voice of Nature again is saying,
In God's own motto, that love is best;
For this isthe season of wooing and mating,
The heart of Nature calls out for its own,
And oh, the sorrow of souls that are waiting
The soft unfolding of spring alone!
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox in Truth.
'I his is the season of wooing and mating,
The heart of Nature calls out for Its own
And God have pity on those who are wait
ing The fair unfolding of Spring alone,
For the fowls fly north in pairs together
And two by two are the leaves unfurled,
And the whole intent of the wind and
weather
Is to waken love in the thought of the
world.
Car-fare.
Have vou ever watched the warfare
Of two women over car-fare?
Each aflame with generous feeling,
Depth of heart and purse revealing;
Each inspired with gentle horror
Lest the other should pay for her.
But take note the more insistent
Of the combatants persistent,
She whose hand most promptly snatches
At her pocket-book's stiff catches,
She who murmurs: "Don't be strange dear,
It's all right, I've got the change, dear!"
She thouuh I am sad to say it
Always lets the other pay it"!
Madeline S. Bridges in Puck.
Under the title Psychology and
Life Professer Munserberg, Har
vard's well known specialist in psy
chology has included six essays
given to the public during the last
year.
Lord Charles Berresford in
speaking of the Chinese says:
I went to all the bankers, bankers
of all sorts and kinds. I went to
the merchants of your country, and
to the Russians, and the French,
and to all of them, and asked each
for his opinion of the Chinese. I
got but one reply: "They are
scrupulously honest traders. A
Chinese merchant's word is as
good as his bond. One gentleman
who trades in silk said: "I will
tell you my case. I ordered
25,000 worth of silk at six months'
order. Between the time of deli
very and the time of my order,
without any documentary evidence,
the Chinese never put his hand to
a note, but between the time of the
order and the time of delivery
there was a tax put on, and there
were other circumstances that
happened that made the Chinaman
lose on his contract, yet he never
said one word, but his delivery was
to the very day."
PSQUITOItlflE .
WLL DRIVE THE MOSQUITOES AWAY
Cures the Bites !
Brings Comfort !
only at Benson, Smith & Co., Ltd.,
Fort and' Hotel Streets.
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