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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
THE RIFLE MOVEMENT IGNORED.
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 abortiona 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 BAND OF HOPE.
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