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HOW CAN WOMEN HELJ
FORCE THE LAW?
(From an address by J
Kramer, Federal Commission
Prohibition, before the Natioi
C. T. U. Executive Committe
It was suggested that I say
thing about how the women cz
us in our work. There are a
many people these days who
that the only thing needed is ti
arrests and that will settle ?the
tioh; that if we make enoug
them in any city or community
a while .everybody will obey th
Arresting a law violator certain
a good effect. It not only pu
him, after he has been tried an
victed, but he serve's as a goc
ample to others. But the mat
making arrests is not all there
this problem'. What we need m
the different communities o
state and nation, as a whole,
create sentiment which will in<
to the officials that the people
. the law enforced, and will shov
.lators that .the law must be ob
I know that it is always diffici
enforce a law at first. The Ame
people will sit around and rest
. until they are driven to do s
thing. But when they see it hi
be done, they will wake up arid i
That is the. thing we need
than anything else. We do ni
much need help to make arrests
do not so much need informa
we have more of that than we
handle. The thing needed todaj
stead of information-though
course, we need that-is an or
ized effort in every community
will take hold of th? situation
say that the thing has to be don
certain city has a mayor who is
a dry man, but^a pretty respect
fellow. An ordinance enables hir
fine law violators up to $500
selling liquor, and yet there is h;
ly a man in the city who is doing ?
thing toward-Jetting the mayor ki
he, as an individual, would like
have him enforce the law.
If I can say one thing more t
another it is that you women as;
yourselves on this question. You ;
"have to be like Deborah and go ah
with the Baraks to fight the bat
of the Lord. I know a great d
about men. Most of them are ci
ards. They think about their busin<
they think about politics they th
about one hundred other things t
stand between them and the thii
they ought to do. I have had men
.come to me and say, "Kramer, I \
tell you something, but don't t
"where you got it." If we had o
thousand men who were not afn
to tell where they got the eviden
and would stand by the law, it woi
help greatly to hold up our hands.
Now if a thousand women wc
organized for that very purpose, t
law violators would take notice a:
there would cease to be violation.
Another thing you can do is to ;
steady in the boat until we get iv
ther along with this thing. I krfow
is working out all right; it is boui
to because of the way things fit in
each other so well. For instance, tl
arrival on the scene of the wome
with the ballot is going to he
.mightily. The thing we must do is 1
keep steady for the next two <
.three years, so that we shall not su:
ser a reaction.
What bothers me more than anj
thing else is this talk about wine an
lieer-just as if this were a light ms
ter, something that didn't mean muc
after all. .Let me tell you that I loo
? somewhat with suspicion upon th
man who will advocate that kind o
temperance when he knows it mean
pure nullification. The constitution
says that intoxicating liquors shal
?n t be sold, bought, manufactured
transported, imported or exported
Right in the face of this provisioi
there are many statesmen and poli
ticians who say if they get to con
gress they will make it legal to sell
buy, manufacture, transport, import
and export light wines and beers,
You know what light wines are. The
lightest of them contain from twelve
to fifteen per cent alcohol, and you
can make a man crazy on that
. Then another thing you must keep
in mind: K we get light wines and
beer, the whole cause is lost. There
are not enough men in the govern
ment service to enforce the law in
New York City alone with light
wines and beers being legally sold.
Our trouble today is largely with the
soft drink establishments slipping
hard liquor over with the soft drinks,
but we can take care of all that in
time. That will not worry us very
long, but open up 11,000 saloons in
New York City, the number prior to
the time prohibition went into effect,
and no force on earth can carry out
the provisions of the law relating
to wines and beer. It would be light
wines and beer the first week, and in
a mdnth it would be the hardest kind
of liquors, and every time a man was
arrested you would have to show
that thelman was intoxicated on al
coholic beverages containing more
than the .stipulated alcoholic content,
and we would not have enough chem
ists in the country to do the analyti
cal work to keep this thing within
.Another thing: If light wines and
beer are sold over soft drink bars,
every saloon will be supposedly de
cent and respectable, and your boys
and girls and my boys and girls will
go right into those places where li
quor is being sold to get. their ice
cream and soda waters and ginger
ale. The latter end will be worse than
the former. Give me back the old
time saloon rather than the saloon
that peddles light wines and beer.
Now the only hope for prohibition
is by the process of elimination and
substitution, gradually eliminating
the man who drank by crowding him
off the stage of action and bringing'
on those who do not know the crav
ing for alcohol. How do girls and
boys, and young men and women,
form an appetite for ?trong drink?
By starting with whiskey? No, they
start with light wines and beer, and
when it is once started, we know that
since the days of Solomon there has
been nothing that will stop that ap
petite. And the appetite that will
be satisfied one day with light wines
and beer will the next day demand
We have a big job on hand-a joh
so big it ought to appeal to all of us,
a job worthy of our best and biggest
effort. Let's carry it through to vic
First Anniversary of National Con
stitutional Prohibition, January 16.
On January 16, we celebrate the
first anniversary of national consti
tutional prohibition. Never before
has such a d?y dawned in the history
of any people. The adoption of the
eighteenth amendment to the Feder
al Constitution marks the consum
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sons of loyal men and women have
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complete extinction of the alcoholic
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.That" we ,may aid in obtainig a
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