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PUBLIC LIBRARY

724385 A ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

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1934

OUR DAY

Vol.TX.-AUGUST, 1892.-No. 55.

RAVAGES OF THE BRITISH OPIUM TRADE IN

ASIA.

Six hundred millions of human beings in Asia, or more than a third of the whole family of man, are exposed to the evils of the opium trade legalized by the British government.

The attention of Christian philanthropists in Great Britain was directed with special interest to the opium vice in 1891. This has been manifested by the fact that so many different denominations of Christians took action upon the subject during their regular annual meetings and passed resolutions expressive of their deep conviction of the evils of the vicious ise of this poison, and of their gratification at the action of the British House of Commons in declaring, by a formal vute, “that the system by which the opium revenue is raised in India is morally indefensible"; and their hope that such action may soon be taken by the British Parliament as will do away with the growth and consumption of this narcotic in India. Resolutions of this import were adopted by the synod of the Presbyterian church in England, by the Baptist Union, by the Congregational Union, by the Wesleyan Methodist Conference, by the Wesh Calvinistic Methodist church, by the United Presbyterian Synod of Scotland, by The Free Church of Scotlaud, by the Presbyterian church of Ireland, and by other religious assemblica. This action of so many separate churches was confirmed and emphasized by the resolution adopted by the Ecumenical Councth of the Methodist churches

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