SLACK, Agnes E. My Travels in India. To be had from the Secretaty, N.B.W.T.A. 47, Victoria Street, London … or from Miss Ripley, Derbyshire, .
Small 8vo. Original printed card wrappers; pp. 57, illustrations after photographs in the text; fine.
Extremely rare first edition of a the result of a fact finding mission to India, undertaken and written by the Honorary Secretary of the World's Women's Christian Temperance Union and acting Vice-President of the National British Women's Temperance Asssociation (N.B.W.T.A.). And the facts and anaylises are staggering. 'The Government monopoly of the drink and opium traffic is the weakest spot in British rule in India … In a dark liquor shop at Benares where Mahommedans and Hindus were lying on the mud floor drunk when I asked the proprietor why he made men in that condition he replied "I pay so many rupees to your Government for my license I must make men drunk to make any profit". For licenses are frequently sold to the highest bidder, so often the man with with least qualifications buys, and he cares not, so long as he makes profits' (pp. 26/7). Miss Slack had visited many places all over India and the same picture presents ifself everywhere. She observes as well superstitions, nutrition, housing and the economy of the country, with had one fifth of the world's population.
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