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MELTILLEY'S HOTEL AT BEDBANSS.
1V1 'I'lIB HtlTTAD
Sir — I cannot hold my pen any longer in the matter of Mr. Charles Tilley, publican, of the Hedbank*, reapectisg the excessive drinking of William Hillier. who was found dead near
ranMiRYa. i am attuned tma u this case had been brought forward before the Chairman of the licensing Bench (Mr. S. Xomkinson) or before Mr. Samuel Beddome, of Adelaide, never such censure would have been cast on Mr. Tilley ; the Press would have very little to say in the matter. 1. I say that man did not die from delirium tremens from drinking excessively in Mr. Tilley's public-house, nor in my candid opinion he never died from that disease. 2. This man left Mr. Dick's employ with cheque of £H. and paid Mr. Gale £2, and also paid Mr. Tilley £1 18s. 4d, leaving balance of £4 Is. 8d. in his hand 8, taking the balance he handed over to tb« storekeeper £3, and kept £1 in change. He only slept in the public-house tw» nights in the right days. While staying in the township about 15s. was spent in the honsa for the eight days by the man. Does this look like spending the buahman's cheque ? Can Mr. Tilley answer for the inhabitants 'i I suppose if any one came for a gallon of beer be won't say ' No,' any more than the grocer with his pound of tea, or the draper with his yard of calico. 3. I have travelled with stock constantly from February, 1867, up to the present date, and I caa say that I have found good accommodation at moderate prices, and slept in the house more than any other mas travelling on the road, aud I look on Mr. Tilley as one of the best inhabitants in the neighbourhood. Ltt the last year speak for itself. Who supplied the public with water? Who supplied their cattle with water from 4 in the morning till S at night ? From the heavy traffic the well went in, and cost Mr. Tilley something like £50 to sink another one. la this the man that narrow minded people want to drive from oar neigh bourhooa:J Why should not. this man bold a licence? For mouths he has drank neither beer hot spirits 4. I am proud to think th»t the Chairman of the licensing Bench has called rpon to able an officer as Mr. Inspector Bee to ir.ve»ti$fttt- this matter. . And now, Mr. Chair man, tfcis ia what I should like to see— Mrl lopector Bee to investigate this matter alone in detail ; and am convinced that be will throw a cifft-n-nl light on the subject. All t am Asking for is f airplay ; I am satisfied that Tilley has not bad ii— I »ro, Sir, &c, .'.-'. ' ? j EDWARD BOOTHBT. ; PS.— ThU letter is written without the knowledge of Mr, Tilley. ; Two Well?, October 35. .