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We might quote other authorities, and dilate freely on this interesting

topic, but our space reminds us that the present article must Le limited.

May we not hope, however, that sufficient has been advanced to engage the

serious attention of the New Zealand smokers, and though their name be

legion, the honest investigation of this grave question, will, we are not slow

to predict, lead them to discover the costliness, filthiness, and banefulness of



It will be seen that the English people have repudiated the old cru-

sading spirit of the dark ages which mock patriots have sedulously attempted

to revive in the form of what has been designated the "rifle movement. "

The arguments adduced by the advocates of moral suasion are sufficiently

weighty to command consideration; till these are refuted, therefore, we are

bound, in all fairness, to respect the conscientious scruples so tenaciously held

by the anti-war league.

" The attempt to make rifle corps a national institution" says a compe-

tent authority, the Report of the Hartwell Peace and Temperance Festival

" has proved an utter abortion—a total failure. Englishmen will not be

carried away by this military delusion, by this false cry, and. have not come

forward in any large numbers in response to it. For instance,, in the town

of Southampton in which we should have expected much sympathy with this

movement, out of 45, 000 inhabitants only fifty were found to attend a meet-

ing; again, in Plymouth, which is a place largely imbued with military influ-

ence, and 70, 000 people, although the question had been agitated for weeks,

only twenty-four persons came forward and enrolled themselves. The patri-

otic songs of the justly celebrated poet Martin Tupper at Aldbury did not

have their calculated effect, only four persons attended, two of whom were

Messrs. Tupper and sou. A few. days ago, The Daily News commenced its

leading article by the ominous words, ' The rifle movement stagnates, ' and

in our opinion, the more it stagnates, the better for the. country. "


The President of this excellent and interesting Society ia Mr. P; H. Corn-

ford, and its Secretary, Mr. Battley. It meets every alternate Thursday.

evening. There is an annual Festival, on which occasion the young people;

numbering at present about 850, walk in procession; displaying their, many

colored banners, each bearing a characteristic device. Such a band, of youth-

ful reformers, eager to grapple with the bacchanalian: monster, and to expel him

from the homes he has impoverished and demoralized, must call forth the

admiration of every benevolent mind. The Divine blessing will assuredly

be vouchsafed to a society whose efforts are directed to the extermination of

an evil which has so long and so effectually retarded: the, progress, of morality

and. religion.