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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 03, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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SOUTH WATCHES CAMPAIGN'S BITTEREST
SENATORIAL BATTLE
V "ARiUXtwnNfr
Mobile, Ala., April 3 The sena
torial .canvass in Alabama is verging
on white heat. Sought by two of
the nation's most prominent men,
Richmond Pearson Hpbson and Os
car W. Underwood, the race not only
has all of Alabama by the ears, but
all of the country is turning its at
tention to it, as pell.
The reasdn for this- is not only
the'' prominence of the two partici
pants, but the fact that for the first
time in the country's history the
question of riation-wide .prohibition
hangs on a local issue. If Hobson
wins it means that the state pt Ala
bama "will endorse the" effort he is
now making before congress toplace
the question of national abolition of
alcohol before the whole country at
one .time.
The prohibition question has been
made an issue in the Alabama cam
paign as much by the activities of the
liquor interests and their representa
tives as by any other cause. Hobson
uimouucfcU it as one of his planks hi
the beginning.
The liquor interests work through
an organization known as the "Un
derwood volunteers, an organization
which has no apparent connection
with the regular Underwood man
agement. On account of these various ac
tivities the Alabama fight has at last
begun to revolve around this one im
portant issue. Hobsdn Is waging a
fierce battle along this line. He is
riding a motorcycle through the
country to small beats andj)ut-of-the
way precincts, preaching the cause of
nation-wide prohibition and laying
his candidacy along these lines.
On account of the fact prohibi
tion has gradually become the main
issue, Hobson's strength has been on
the increase from the beginning of
the campaign.
The Hobson management is now
enthusiastically hopeful. Some of
Hobson's friends, in fact, are claim
ing with some degree of authority
that Underwood cannot carry but 11
counties out of the 67".
The primary, which is the same aB
an election in Alabama, will be-held
iipril 6.
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