TREATING WOUNDED SOLDIERS.
MAGISTRATE'S THREAT OF STRONG MEASURES.
PUNISHMENT TO FIT THE CRIME.
Sergt. Higgins said the prohibition of the supplying of drink to these soldiers applied to any person, whether in a private house or a licensed victualler.
The chairman appealed to the public of Presteign to try and assist the police in every possible way in putting a stop to the practice.
['Treating', i.e. buying a drink for another person in a pub, had been outlawed, because of worries over drunkenness reducing productivity. From this report, it seems that giving alcohol to convalescent soldiers was against the law, wherever it took place. I imagine that some of the soldiers would have welcomed free drinks, but evidently that was seen by the police and magistrates as a reflection of their weak physical and mental state.]