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THE ROCK! ISLAND 'ARGUS, FRIDAY, APRIL f-T 191 0.
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That is What an Affirmative
Vote on the LOCAL OPTION
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Do you want men engaged in the wholesale business, to say nothing of the tenants of buildings
engaged in the retail liquor business driven out of town?
Do you think Rock Island, with its peculiar geographical situation, would be really bene
fitted by prohibition?
Do you think it . would be a good business investment to build up adjoining cities at the ex
pense of Rock Island, according to the experience of Galesburg and Monmouth?
Do you think that with the present state of city finances, Rock Island would; be improved by
the. loss of the saloon revenue?
There are three sources of income for the support of the municipality. One of these is general taxation. An
other is the saloon license revenue. The last is the waterworks rental.
Under the law the last named fund can only be applied on the maintenance and improvement of the water
works system. From present indications it will require every "cent of waterworks income for several years to come
to defray the cost of the improvements contracted for by the city.
There can be no reduction of the police or fire departments, which are now short of the proper quota of men. The
abolition of the saloon would not insure the curtailment of the police force with absolute safety. It would not affect
the fire department, which is already one station short of the territorial requirements of the city. Moline enjoys four
stations to three in Rock Island.
With the saloon revenue disarded, neither real estate or personal taxes could be increased under the state law. Other
means of revenue would be essential to the operation of the city government. Special taxation would be unavoidable.
Such as Poll Tax, Occupation Tax, Wheel Tax, Business Tax, etc?
The claim has been set up that the bank clearings of the cities of Rockford, Decatur and Galesburg, where prohibition has been tried on, have during the past t wo years shown a marvelous increase over the
years next preceding. -
LET'S HAVE A FEW COMPARISONS
Everyone familiar with the course of events knows why bank clearings in all cities during the last two years beat the year preceding, which was the panic year. But to a few comparisons:
Is this true of any other cities of the state? Is it not true right here in Rock Island and Moline, and in other cities by which prohibition has not been adopted7
In answer to this ,the single city of Quincy mav be cited. Quincy as a city is so constitutionally opposed to prohibition that the submission of the local option privilege has never been so much as considered in
that city. Yet it is one of the best regulated saloon towns in the state. And the people are satisfied. But what of the bank clearings in that city, where local option has never been heard of? Here is an editorial that
appeared in the Quincy Journal the present week, and its publication was not prompted by the discussion of the liquor question or any other subject. It is merely an editorial comment on a state of fact. Read it:
"Last week Quincy' s bank clearings were 44.7 per cent larger than they were for the corresponding week a year ag b; and this week they are 39,3 per cent larger than they were
for the corresponding week a year ago. This record beats that of any other town in Illinois. - '
"We wonder what our people think of this record? We wonder what it means to them? It is an official record; a record that cannot be disputed; and what a proud record it Is?
"Quincy is in good condition, beyond all question. Business is booming, and the financial record proves it. Real estate values are rising, and we have the best building prospect
here in Quincy this year that we have ever had. , - '
"There is no disputing the fact that Quincy is on the up-grade." - -
o Not Be Misguided or Misled on the Pending Issue,
Prohibition Does Not Prohibit.
Do Not Overlook the Proposition on the Ballot Next Tuesday, It Will Appear Like This;
Shall This City Become Anti-Saloon Territory?
1 Yes ,
Vote Upon It and Vote NO
THE ANTI-PROHIBITION LEAGUE
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