Yesterday, Tuesday, night in an open air meeting promoted by the United Kingdom Alliance to oppose Mr. BUTCHER's Compensation Bill, was held on the North Quay, Maryport. The Rev Jas. McOWAN presided over a large gathering.
The Chairman said the new Licensing Act had done little or no good at Maryport. Last Saturday night anyone who was walking through the street must have been shocked at the number of men who were under the influence of intoxication liquor. He would like to know where they got their drink to excess for surely they did not get it in their own homes! It must have been supplied in public houses, and because of that the publican was not acting up to the spirit of the last act that was passed. He was far from blaming the police; if they were backed up they would do their duty; but when the police brought a case before the Court what was the result? The ordinary man was convicted on the evidence of the police, and why should the publican not be convicted on the same evidence? He contended it was not fair to the men who were trying to do
their duty. If the magistrates would support the police more, the would find a change in the town, and also in the condition of their streets.
The Rev. H. C. MANDER proposed the following resolution: - " That this meeting of the inhabitants of Maryport protests against any attempt being made, whether by means of a compensation scheme, as in Mr. BUTCHER's Bill, or by a suspensory bill such of that of Sir W.HARTDYKE's, to prevent magistrates from continuing to exercise their legal powers of reducing the number of
public houses for the advantage of the public."
Mr. R. WATSON, agent for the U.K.A., seconded, and the resolution was carried.
Mr. L. ADAIR proposed that the thanks of the meeting be given to the Chairman, and that he be requested to send copies of the first resolution to the Prime Minister, Sir Henry CAMPBELL BANNERMAN, and the member for the
Cockermouth Division, and also he ask Mr. RANDLES to oppose both Bills by voice and
Mr. J. ROSS seconded, and it was carried.
The meeting then terminated.