I t is a curious thing to anyone who has practical acquaintance with the dire effects which a prohibitory liquor law has upon a community, that the introduction of a measure of this sort in the British Parliament should have been received on almost every hand with such astonishing apathy and indifference. The Local Veto Bill was jeered at as ridiculous and unworkable, and as regards this particular measure, the epithets may be such as it richly deserved, and the temptation to treat the thing with contempt and to dismiss it from consideration as being unworthy of discussion may have been very great—but it will not do: such a mode of procedure does not begin to touch the necessities of the case.