We must not forget however, that by a prohibition law, by abstention from spirits, we bring only a negative blessing to the colonial population. In this way it is true we protect the natives from the evil that issues from us, but then there still remains our duty to carry to them the good we possess. We have to preach the Gospel which contains all blessings for this and a future life.
It includes the duty of seeing that the population is provided with a good elementary education suitable for its needs. It includes the duty of seeing that agriculture, industry and trade are properly developed. It includes the care of the sick. In short, it includes the whole social and moral education of the people, by which they reach independence and can take their own place amongst the nations. Then they begin to realise for themselves why alcohol is bad and no longer desire it.
But for that purpose it is necessary that the temperance-movement should seek still closer connection with the Missionary-movement. In the Missions you find the most powerful instrument for opposing the drink misery and for conquering it, where it exists already. The Conference which met here last year understood this and insisted upon it rightly. The missionaries who go out nowadays are all temperance men, most of them are total abstainers. They can excersise important influence on the natives, because they pass the best part of their lives among them and often know them much better than the officals, who are continually changing.
The enemy we have to fight is a mighty one. Therefore it is necessary that all who seek the welfare of the population of our colonies join hands.
„Union is strength."
Prasident S. Exc. A. S. Talma:
•Herrn Rauws unsren herzlichsten Dank. Ich erbete nun Herrn Baron du Teil das Wort zu nehmen fiir seinen Vortrag.
Mesures accessoires contre 1'alcoolisme dans les colonies.
Le Baron Joseph du Teil, (Paris):
L'entente internationale des Puissances, qui s est déja manifestée par trois fois aux Conférences de Bruxelles, en 1890, 1899