Economic Aspects of the Liquor Problem

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PREFACE.

THE genesis of the Committee of Fifty and the earlier history of its work were sketched in the preface to the report published in 1897 by the Legislative Sub-Committee. Since that time but few changes have taken place in the membership of the Committee, and its work has been steadily prosecuted along the lines then indicated. A new sub-committee has been appointed to study the substitutes for saloons in large cities. The Physiological Sub-Committee has made steady progress with its investigations, several of which have been printed in scientific journals, and it is hoped that before long a general summary of the results obtained may be presented to the public in book form. The present volume contains the investigations of the Eco. nomic Sub-Committee, and is the second in the series of official publications of the Committee of Fifty.

The object for which the Committee of Fifty was constituted was to study the liquor problem "in the hope of securing a body of facts relating to the medical, legislative, ethical, and economic aspects of the question which will serve as a basis for intelligent public and private action. It is the design of this Committee to discuss with absolute impartiality all the facts which it is able to collect, and thus to secure

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