The Truth about Intoxicating Drinks; Or, the Scientific, Social, and Religious Aspects of Total Abstinence

The Truth about Intoxicating Drinks; Or, the Scientific, Social, and Religious Aspects of Total Abstinence

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of this fact, based on the measurements and strict investigations of army recruiters and surgeons, which showed a decidedly inferior physique in recruits for the army now, compared with those of twenty-five years ago. Tracing the causes of this physical deterioration, the President came at length to alcohol, and said, " I remember when stationed in Manchester with the King's Own Light Infantry, being much struck with the diminutive stature of the people generally, and, on questioning a brother officer, of local knowledge and experience, as to the cause, I received for reply, ' Gin and tobacco, '--and if the consumption of these and other similar articles become still more general than it is at present, the result must be a marked physical deterioration of the race." It requires little reflection to perceive the full significance of these statements in their bearing upon national prosperity. One immediate result is injury to the foreign trade of the country, and a widespreading prejudice against the employment of English workmen. Mr. Archer, British Vice-Consul at Porto, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, states, in an official document to Lord Salisbury (1887), that British workmen who go out to Brazil are " generally given to drink, unsteady, exacting, and overbearing, and are a great contrast to foreigners. In the few undertakings here originally commenced under British auspices, and with British work-people, such as the coal-mines, gas-works, &c--both of which are now in other hands--the British are generally got rid of, and their places filled by other foreigners--Germans, Italians, and others, who are found more steady and reliable. The experience of British contractors here appears to be the same, and they prefer foreign to British labourers more

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