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popular because they are so sociable
If only the booze itself were in
volved I wouldn't care if all saloons
were closed. Butjf they were, some
thing just as much of.a social center
would have to take their place.
I think most of the men go go to
saloons don't go there merely for the
booze, but rather for the opportunity
to meet their friends, to relax a few
minutes after a hard day's work, to
-talk, laugh, visit and give their hu
man sympathy some play.
Any rilan who visits, saloons who
will tell you the truth will tell you
that the poor fellows who let booze
get the better of them the brothers
who go wrong are not the cold
blooded, calculating, miserly, selfish
men, but the big-hearted, lovable,
sympathetic "good fellows" who love
their fellows better than they love
It's a pity, too; for it gets them
nothing and makes unhappiness for
their loved ones and for themselves.
About all they get from their friends
when they have lost their jobs and
the money is gone is "too bad. He
was a good fellow.
We men are such liars and hypo
crites in business that it takes a stim
ulant at the ena of the day to melt
the crust so we can be human beings
for a 'little while.
If society were more natural we
could be good fellows without abus
ing our bellies and brains. It's tough
that we take drugs to get natural.
Here's an odd thing unless you
think it out: Many business men
who don't trust their business asso
ciates during business hours will get
confidential and tell their troubles to
a bartender after the day's work is
I can remember when there was lit
tle sold in saloons except whisky,
beer and wine. Now the sale of soft,"
non-intoxicating drinks is growing.
Men get fellowship without getting
drunk: and men are finding that it
Coesn't pay to get drunk, and that
drinking too much of intoxicants is a
losing game from every angle in the
So it must be the fellowship that
makes saloons attractive.
I don't think I would go to a meet
ing of the Law and Order Leagu or Q
the Anti-Saloon League if I were ,
looking for genuine human sympathy
and fellowship. And there is no com
fortable place to sit and visit in a drug
store. There you are supposed to
take your drink and hurry out.
Yet there is enough the matter
with the saloon, and it will be put
out of business unless it is made over
into a place where a father can take
his boys without evil influence on -their
The more taxes and expenses the
state, the breweries and Big Business .
generally piles on the saloon the
worse it becomes. It becomes worse
as the saloonkeeper has to resort to
new expedients to make money.
Anyhow,, the saloon is a human in
stitution. It is the average man's
club. Every club is an exclusive
salooi I mean every man's club
where booze is sold. And most of
them have a family entrance.
Who Are the People? Who are
the people here in Chicago, anyhow?
And whom is an alderman supposed
to represent? j
Take it from the Municipal Voters'
League, and the Mysterious We who
secretly compose that league, are the f
people. There may not be two dozen
of them, but still they are the peo- g
pie if you let them tell it. '
But the United Charities are the
people, too. Their main interest in
government is that it shall be wet;
and to them it makes no difference
how an alderman votes on all things
else, so" long as he is wet
We mustn't forget the Anti-Saloon
League. It's the people-, too ; and any
old alderman is a good alderman if
he is only dry. He-can vote for pub
lic service corporations until the
cows come, home, .if he'sjmly dry -