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!! Ballina Chronicle; Dec 19, 1849 "Famine Year"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Mayo, Ireland Wednesday, December 19, 1849 FAMINE YEAR 1847 In this year of famine, the following amount of money was expended in
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 20, 2004
      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
      Wednesday, December 19, 1849


      FAMINE YEAR 1847
      In this year of famine, the following amount of money was expended in
      intoxicating drinks in Great Britain and Ireland:-
      20,639,365 gals. of Whiskey at 7s.6d. ...£7,739,761
      3,329,940 gals. of Rum, at 14s.0d. ... 2,330,593
      1,537,762 gals. of Brandy, at 36s.0d. ...2,767,971
      28,830 gals. of Geneva, at 30s.0d. ...13,245
      6,?10,536 gals.of Wine at 22s.6d. ...7,009,383
      613,900,976 gals. of Beer, at 1s.6d. &
      5,400,000 gals. Cider, at 1s.6d ....46,447,575
      ------------ --------------
      654,147,409 £66,428,861

      This calculation is confined to the drinks which pass through the hands of
      government officers, and don't embrace the great quantity of intoxication drinks
      which are smuggled nor does it include the direct and indirect losses which
      result form their use. It may be further observed that a vast quantity of the
      whiskey taken, at the average of 7s.6d. is sold in England at 15s. per gallon,
      which would increase the amount considerably. It must be admitted that hundreds
      and thousands have broken their pledge of total abstinence, however many, much
      to their credit, have still adhered. But when men are left without the Gospel,
      there can be but little if any, advance in their intellectual and moral
      character.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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