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MR  JUDKINS  AT  NEWMARKET

POLICE ESCORT PROVIDED

Hundreds of people failed to secure admittance to the Town Hall at Newmarket last night to hear Mr WH Judkins address on gambling, and a large number of them remained outside the building during the progress of the meeting making their presence known by continual disorderly shout’s. Mr Mauger MHR presided over the gathering.
The Rev F Lade moved -
This meeting protests against the impudent demands of the liquor trade for perpetual compensation as being opposed to the interests of the people, and as perpetuating an unjust practice . It congratulates the Government on introducing a licensing bill, and trusts that it will be carried with the temperance partys amendments. If not, it gives the trade warning that the offer of three years, made “without predjudice’ will be withdrawn, and the new condition will  be not a penny of money or a moment of time. It also urges the Government to make the proposed gaming bill so strict as to effectually stop betting and gambling and be perfect enough to bring law breakers to book.

Mr Judkins, in rising to second the resolution was greeted with considerable cheering and a counter demonstration at the rear of the hall.  It would never do he said, to leave Newmarket  without and anti - gambling meeting. (Cries of dissent)  They had Flemington.
A Voice  -  The racecourse is drowned (laughter)
Mr Judkins hoped it would stop under water always. (Laughter, cheers and dissent) There out to be a petition to the Government to keep it under water. (Continued Uproar). The speaker, in proceeding, incidentally referred to the boxing contest which was taking place that evening, and said  it might be a place for muscles and heavy jaws,  but he doubted  whether it was a place for brains (Further uproar).

Reverting to the Flemington Racecourse he thought that a municipality should be allowed to decide whether it wanted a racecourse in its midst. He proceeded to attack the gambling element. With great difficulty the adverse fraction at the back of the hall kept up noisy interruption.

Anticipating trouble a police escort had been furnished for Mr Judkins, and as he left the hall its members marched by his side to the railway station. A large crowd followed but Mr Judkins was allowed to catch his train unmolested.
 

From:  THE ARGUS Tuesday 11th September 1906

 

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