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Drinking and profanity

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17 April 2014

IF THE Bill which the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London are promoting for the closing of public-houses on Sunday is carried, it will speedily be necessary to deal stringently with the private drinking-saloons, which, under the guise of clubs, are exempt from interference, at present. The purpose of temperance reformers, it seems to us, should be to put a check upon the drinking-habit wherever it exists, but this purpose will not be effectively carried out by partial legislation. A writer to the Times last week drew attention to some announcements in Club Life (April 4) of certain fixtures for Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Thus, the Plumstead Radical Club was to hold an all-night dance on Good Friday,and the Hackney Radical Club a "grand fun-bun confetti dance". The Borough of Shoreditch Club announced whist drives for Sunday and Good Friday, and the Stepney Social Club a grand concert and long-night dance. Apart from the profanity of these proceedings, it is legitimate to assume that there is at gatherings of this kind avery considerable consumption of liquor, and there is only too good reason to think that the total closing of the public-houses would result in the opening of more clubs. But the former, at any rate, are under police supervision, which the others are not. We must not be understood as disparaging the aim of temperance reformers. We are only in doubt concerning the effectiveness of some of their methods.

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