|I am watching you............|
"The Lure of Drink is doing more damage than all the German submarines together"
David Lloyd George 1915.
(British Minister of Munitions, who became Prime Minister in 1916)
The Independent Order of Rechabites (IOR) was established in 1835 as part of the British Temperance movement to highlight the dangers of alcohol consumption and encourage abstinence from alcohol (and in present days also drugs). It seems that the movement became very popular during war times but it is now relatively unknown.
|"There had never been a time in the history of Australia |
when alcohol had been used to worse effect than during
the past 18 months"
The Argus (Melbourne) page 10 - 15th March 1916
In March 1915, The Tablet (a British Catholic journal published since 1840), reported an interview with Minister of Munitions, Lloyd George;
"There are some, I am sorry to say, who shirk their duty in this great emergency. I hear of workmen in armaments works who refuse to work a full week's work for the nation's need. What is the reason? They are a minority. The vast majority belong to a class we can depend upon. The others are a minority. But, you must remember, a small minority of workmen can throw a whole works out of gear. What is the reason? Sometimes it is one thing, sometimes it is another, but let us be perfectly candid. It is mostly the lure of the drink. They refuse to work full time, and when they return, their strength and efficiency are impaired by the way in which they have spent their leisure. Drink is doing us more damage in the war than all the German submarines put together."
|At 6 years of age, my Grandmother also promised |
"to abstain from all Intoxicating Liquors as beverages, and to discountenance their use by others."
"Alcohol ruins women and children, and makes more homes desolate than the war"
The Argus (Melbourne) page 17 - 9 September 1925
It seems ironic that the above Anti-Liquor notice was directly above an advertisement for wines and spirits!
|What symbolism do you see?|
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