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Prohibition In Canada

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Tho liquor law question is attracting much attentioa at present in Canada, and there are not wanting men in the House of Commom who favor the enactment of a stringent prohibitory liquor law by Parliament. In the course of a debate in the House of Cominons at Ottawa on Wednesday, on a motiou tbr a commission to inquire into tho operation of prohibitory laws now existing orhavein timespastexisted in the United States, the Premier, Mr. Mackenzie, declared hiioself personally favorable to prohibition, but he did not believe public opiniĆ³n was so far educated on the subject at present as to mako immediate legislativo action possible. The temper of the House seemed to be favorable to the adoption of the motion for a commission, though a vote was not reached Wednesday. It was stated by Mr. Koss, who made the motion, that $25,000,000 was annually expended upon strong liquor in Canada, and that the revenue derived by the government was between $5,000,000 and $6,000,000. This is about thirty per cent. of the total revenuo. In the consideration of the propriety of enacting a prohibitory law the question of revenue Vill bear a very important part. It is very doubtful whether the government will go so far as to de - prive itself of this source of income, especially as this year an increased tariff has to be levied to raise sufficient to meet the current expenses of the government. The action taken ultimately will probably depend to some extent upon the result of the inquiries and conclusions of the commission. - Free Press. K San Diego editor says that at the risk of being rjronounced afalsifier by Eastern people he will state a few facts illustrating the fertility of Southern California. He had seen a mass of wheat, the product of a single grain, on which he counted 119 stalks. It was taken from the ground before being allowed to mature, otherwise each stock would have borne at least sixty grains, being a yield of over 7,000 grains from one. Two years ago a Mr. Kimball planted some olive cuttings, which have become thrifty trees the height of a man. Bees filled an empty hogshead in a backyard with honey, and the alfalfa-fed cows yield milk enough to fulfill the scriptural requirements of a promised land.


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