[To The Editor Of The Whitehaven News.]
Sir, - Seeing an advertisement in your columns last week announcing a
temperance address for Sunday last, and being a believer in temperance, I
resolved to lend support to so grand a cause by my presence. The speaker gave an
excellent address, but there was one portion of his remarks which I think,
which, I think will not stand analysing. He said, "There is a great deal said now
by way of excuse for drunkenness about environment and hereditary transmission
from one generation to another, with which plea he had little or no sympathy.
"Man had a free will given to him, and it was only as a man made
himself responsible for the sins of his father." With these remarks I cannot agree.
I grant him that man is a free agent, but everyone has not the same amount of
will power. What about the young man or woman whose parents are steeped in
drink, whose bodies when brought into the world are saturated with liquor, and
whom from the day of their birth are fed from their mother's breasts with
nourishment polluted with the deadly poison; and in their early days see nothing
but drink, drink, drink. Are these unfortunate creatures to be placed on the
same footing as a person whose body has not been polluted, and whom in his home
life has not seen their parents continually tippling?
No, Sir, I cannot hold with this view, life long abstainer though I
am. For a person of this kind to grow up a teetotaler is almost a miracle. As
regards strength of will power, I will remind the speaker of impetuous Peter
when he was asked "Art thou one of these?" He had not the power over his will to
maintain his ground.
And so it is to-day with many a poor drunkard; he has not the strength
to resist the cravings for that which has been engrafted into his very being.