THE LIQUOR PROBLEM IN ITS RELATIONS TO THE DESTITUTION AND NEGLECT OF CHILDREN.
THE applicants for charity, paupers, and criminals, whom our statistics show to have become burdens upon the community directly or indirectly through drink, form together an army more than 17,000 strong. How many of these have brought other beings into the world to share in large part their misery and to suffer under it, we know not. Making every allowance demanded by the schedules, it may safely be held that a majority of this multitude at some time have been or are fathers and mothers. And though ignorant of the number of their progeny, we are very far from drawing on our imagination in saying that for each family represented among the 17,000, at least two children, offsprings of that family, have felt the curse of the liquor habit at some time in their lives.
What need, then, it may be asked, of searching deeper into the relation of drink to the destitution and neglect of children, since it appears to be in some ratio to the dependants who have become such through intemperance? In the first place, we do not know the proportion of children having drunken paupers or criminals for parents who become dependent from this cause. By no means all become thus dependent; this