From Capt. Kelly
REPORT FROM GLASGOW.
The Trade Defence Associations at a fully attended meeting held on Sunday, September 3rd. decided to recommend to all their members the reduction in the evening closing hours which have since been published. This decision was placed before a meeting of the Licensing Court held on the following Tuesday, September 5th. and was accepted by that Court. It was stated that the magistrates had no power to vary the pemitted hours at this stage, but the hope was expressed that all license holders and representatives of the Licensed Trade would conform to the new conditions in order to avoid more drastic measures of restrictions which might be adopted and applied to the Trade generally if some steps were not taken to meet the difficulties existing in Glasgow.
The Temperance Organisations in the City attended the Licensing Court and urged members of the Licensed Trade to exercise vigilance in serving liquor to men in uniform on the grounds that it would be deplorable that men carrying rifles and other weapons should be seen drunk in the streets.
It was pointed out that the public had not been consulted in regard to the decision which was taken.
It was stated that although there was, from the Glasgow standards, no extraordinary increase in drunkenness, yet owing to the black-out men did remain in public houses all the evening and refused to depart into the darkened streets where there were no cinemas or other distractions to occupy them. That though drink was not necessarily the cause there had been in one week during the black-out fifty cases of assault on the police, fifty cases of rape, and