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[314] stocks; we have tried imprisonment in jails. Our American cousins have gone farther in the way of repression than ourselves. In some States they have forbidden the sale of intoxicating drinks; in others they have placed the traffic under regulations which are almost as stringent as prohibition. In several States they have made the drink-seller responsible for the injuries done by drunken men and women, and in many more they have allowed the plea of habitual drunkenness as ground for a divorce.

In America, as in England, the results are so far doubtful that the efficacy of such measures can be plausibly denied. Taken as a whole, America consumes more whisky than ever. In the most sober of her States the convictions for drunkenness are increasing. Maine, in spite of her rigid system, has more offenders and more fines this year than she has had for any other year since prohibition was adopted as her rule. Massachusetts, after trying the policy of prohibition for more than twenty years, has recently repealed the law, and come back to the system of recognising the sale of drink, and regulating that sale by licences. In Ohio, they have tried State laws, police inspection, and private enthusiasm. Judges and police

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