It has been discovered that a number of drinking men intend to vote dry at the forthcoming liquor poll, while many teetotallers are voting against No-Licence.
If one should say: "For many a day From alcohol I abstained Because I think, in taking drink, For me, there’s nothing to be gained." And if he say: "Tho' others may Indulge in liquor nor and then, And find it good; think not I should Hold liberty from other men." The chosen plan of such a man I find not hard to comprehend. He may give up, himself, the cup, Yet not deny it to a friend. No Pharisee to scold and fret I find in him, nor wonder why A man, politically wet, May still be personally dry. But if one say: "Take drink away! For, lo, my brother is a sot! Tho', for myself I keep a shelf Within my cupboard for a 'spot.' "For I am strong. I see no wrong In holding from another's reach This baneful stuff. While I've enough Why should I practise what I preach?" Such man I cannot understand, Now what his aim, nor what his end, Who for himself one law has planned, But quite another for his friend. May be that I am dull; but I Have never comprehended yet How one, politically dry, Can still be personally wet.
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