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The Kentucky vindicator. (Owenboro, Ky.) 189?-19??, June 26, 1901, Image 3

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LOCAL OPTION
It IB often urged that third party
Prohibitionists arc opened to local op
tion and work against it Wo arc not
opened to local option and In all our
history and extensive acquaintance
with Prohibition party voters we have
over yet seen or heard of one when a
local fight was up that voted against
local option or said aught against tue
proposed measure However Prohibi
tionist look on local option aa being
one form of license and contend that
tho saloon cannot b i killed by local op
tion alone
Whatever we any in this article must
not be construed to mean that we are
opposed to local option So that much
must be dismissed
There is an organization In this state
which everybody Is I acquainted with
known as the InterDenominational
Temperance League whose alms and
intentions are to secure local option in
every county possible Its aim is goon
that Is local option Is better than nigh
license But Its method of securing
oven local option Is what we object to
and right here Is the vital power of
our subject and it we are a little
tedious please forgive us of this one
IntrusionThat
That the Leagues intentions are
good and its ultimate aim is whole
some we do not deny but we do in
sist and want to make it plain that its
plans and mode of warfare are wholly
impracticable and cannot bear up tin
I der a test case
In the first place it appeals to its
enemies tor what it wants that is to
tho old parties
The two old parties have enacted
every liquor law there is on the stat
I ute books of every state In the Union
and on the statute books of the United
States That much the old parties have
done Again when tho people rose tit in
I their might and In spite of the two old
questionLl Ll
I amendment and voted on the question
as they did in Kansas and Maine the
two old parties an i in this case it was
the Republican Jarty rendered the law
of but little effect because of Its truck
K ling with the liquor element In Geor
gia a Democratic state tho people I de
manded a vote upon this question and
it carried but as soon as Prohibition
carried all over the state the Demo
I era tic party led by Gov Tilman pro
v ceeded at once to nullify the law and
in its stead Instituted and inaugurated
tho disgraceful Dispensary system
which Is I a governmental saloon
It Is to those corrupt party organiza
tions that tho Temperance League
is appealing for help
Tho Prohibitionists come up and tell
the people tho old parties arc whisky
parties are allies of the saloon and
to go Into a combination or an agree
ment with them Is to Insure defeat but
that the only way to do Is for all who
are In sentiment agreed against tho
liquor traffic to form them a party of
their own and be willing to wait until
thin party gets strong enough to take
Into Its hands tho reins of the whole
government That IH the third party
plan Another important feature about the
leagues method and the third paityn
method IB l the way each raise its cam
paign fund The Prohibitionist go to
their own people in their own meet
ings and appeal for funds for the use
of the party with the understanding It
IN for party work The league aiso
taken up collections In KB own meet
ing and makes appeals for its use
through Its own paper Thus far wo
are equal and are willing to grant un
to tho league the same privilege ac
corded our party
But the league Is not content in taK
ing up collections in its own meetings
and making appeals for funds through
UK own papers but go right Into our
religious bodies and make public ap
peals for funds and subscriptions to
Its work It makes it on the supposi
tion that the league is nonpartisan
when in fact it Is oinnipurtltmn and
every dollar given to the league will
perpetuate the two old parties 1 in pow
er It is true that BO far as we are
aware the league has never supported
any party In Kentucky except the Re
publican party but It reserves the
right to support the Democratic party
at any time it sees fit to do so
Now it Is plain that when a person
makes a subscription to this league he
makes a subscription to one or the
other of the two old parties We dont
sue any reason why all Democrats and
Republicans who want to see their
party perpetuated In power should not
rally to the leagues financial support
unless the Individual giver bus reasons
to believe his party will not get its pro
rata But for the league whose aim is to
support one of the old parties to come
before a religious body that has no
politics and through a misrepresenta
tion of the whole affair commit that
body to its work of perpetuation we
must acknowledge we are a little hu
miliated and chagrined and believe
the people should understand the sit
uation
Why is it that any religious body
should commit Itself to any organiza
tion whose intention is to keep alive
one or both of the two whisky parties
and at the same time allow collections
to be taken for its support If the In
terDenominational union IB allowed
that privilege we insist tliit the same
privilege should be accorded the Pro
hibition party and which wo have
never naked for and will not ask for
Why Is it the league should be recog
nized in the gatherings and the Pro
hibition party bo ignored
It la tho time of year now for asso
ciations and assemblies of all kinds to
1m I hold and wo suggest to our party
Prohibitionists that when the matter
spoken of above cornea up for settle
ment that they inquire into the affair
and ascertain of possible why the par
ty whoso aim la tho national destruct
ion of tho saloon system is ignored
Lot tile Prohibitionists of Kentucky
demand of our religious bodies the
flame fair treatment that la accorded
tho league and all will be well
To vote for the bent man simply
means that you will vote for your par
tyM nominee
If you ace the need of our people be
ing kept Informed on the Prohibition
question peak to your friends and get
them to take the Vindicator It costs
only 25 cents per year and no one will
hardly refuse you If you want to do
still a greater work for our cause get
them to take both the Vindicator and
the Now Voice The two papers coat
but ono dollar
A big scramble will soon he on In
this state OA to what party will go to
the next legislature So far as we are
concerned wo do not care for which
ever way It goes tho saloon will not
be molested The saloon runs the two
old parties in Kentucky and everybody
knows It They may succeed In fool
ing a few temperance men but they
cannot fool a wellinformed third ar
ty Prohibitionist
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are unsurpassed for
the prices charged
SSc
For an extra nice one white and
colors
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colors
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102 WEST MAIN STREET ff > 1
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