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THE ROCK ISIUXD ARGUS. MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1911.
p On the Question of Increasing the
Saloon License from S600 to S1UOOO
High license and High Cost pf Living
The theory of the advocates of high license is that the
higher the license the better the clas3 of saloons and the
greater the revenue received by the city. Both of these the
ories are fallacies.
You cannot make the saloonkeeper a better citizen by
making it harder for him to get a living. You cannot in
crease the city's revenue by charging a higher license if the
high license. puts a large number of saloons out of business.
The high license proposal is a counterpart of many other
political schemes which have resulted in increasing the cost of
living of those who can least afford it.
The working man a few years ago, in the infancy of the
financial consolidation era, was repeatedly advised by the pol
iticians that the combination of capital in great industrial af
fairs was bound to reduce the cost of living. In the face of this
fact, the cost of living has been steadily on the increase until
today it has become almost an unbearable burden to the
workers of the United States.
High license means nothing except the addings of burdens
to those who are already bearing too many.
It is but another process of mulcting the man at the bot
tom for the benefit of the man at the top.
Workingmen and tax payers are the butt of every polit
ical joke. They should weigh well this proposal and then re
pudiate it. It is not in their interest.
High License Means Monopoly.
The working people of Rock Island are interested in this
proposal to increase the license of saloons. Monopoly has in
variably worked to the disadvantage of the working class. In
its final analysis, increasing the saloon license means that the
tig fish will swallow the little ones. It means the destruction
of the property rights of the poor man for the benefit of the
rich man. If thi 3 would bring in rotvm anything to compen
sate the community, there might be some reason in it, but it
cannot. Nobody claims that this high license proposal is an
uplift movement or that it will even have a tendency in that
direction. It is a proposition to increase the city's revenue,
but it will fail in that, for it will drive out enough of the
smaller, respectable saloons io make up the difference in li
cense money received. On the- other hand, it will be an open
bid for the establishment of blind tigers wherever a saloon
is driven out and the nefarious bootlegger will ply his busi
ness wherever the demand is not otherwise supplied.
Why increase the saloon license any more than the li
cense to sell milk or any other commodity? The thing which
the community should demand is that the sale of liquor should
be properly regulated and that it should be sold by men of good
character and reputation. The license should be sufficiently
low to make it possible for those who engage in business to
pay it and make a decent living without breaking the law.
When you make the cost of the license greater than can rea
sonably be paid, you simply invite law evasion, which is invar
iably followed by corruption and grafting.
Raising the saloon license is simply another movement in
the direction of prohibition. The voters of Eock Island have
shown their disapproval of prohibition and they are bound to
repudiate this new move.
The poor man running a small neighborhood saloon is,
without exception, as good a citizen as the rich man running
a swell place in the business section of the city. The poor
man is almost always law-abiding, while the man higher up
may disobey the law and escape because of his influence or
because he can buy immunity. It is unfair and unjust to the
poorer man that he should be legislated out of business, os
tensibly for the benefit of the other fellow.
As a strict matter of justice the proposal to raise the sa
loon license should be voted down.
Every voter when he goes to the polls to vote on the q u e s -tion
of raising the saloon license from $600 to $1,000 should
weight the matter just as he would if the blow was aimed di
rectly at himself. Place yourself in the position of the small
saloonkeeper in your neighborhood, who cannot stay in busi
ness if this proposal becomes law. It is always an injustice
to make it harder for any man to earn a living for himself and
As a strict matter of justice the proposal o raise the
saloon license should be and will be voted down.
Rock Island and Moline
Even a mordent's thought on the subject will convince
any fair-minded person that the saloon situation in Eock Is
land is far more favorable to the city at large than is the con
dition in Moline; the facts are strongly in favor of Eock Island,
98 saloons, as compared with Moline's 63.
Moline's saloons pay Into the city treasury $63,000 an
nually. Eock Island saloons pay into the city treasury $58,800
annually. A difference of only $4,200.
This slightdifference in revenue is overwhelmingly offset
by the following advantages to Eock Island: Eock Island has
improved 35 more pieces of property on which buildings have
been erected and which are occupied as places of business. Ex-,
ceeding 60 other places are used as residences for employer
and employes of these additional 35 saloons, making a total of
at least 95 buildings profitably occupied. These buildings rep
resent a grand total of many thousands of dollars annually paid
for rent and ninety-five buildings on which taxes and
insurance are being paid and on which repairs and improve
ments are being made.
The property and personal tax items alone more than off
set the difference in the license tax. There are at least 75
more persons-paying taxes on personal property, 75 more per
sons have employment and at least 300 more persons are users
of coal, ice, groceries, clothing, shoes and other necessities of
life, and are enjoying such luxuries as are possible under the
present reasonable saloon tax.
Existing conditions in Eock Island mean that real estate
values are materially strengthened, that renting values are
more stable and that Eock Island dealers are more prosper
ous. The trifling difference in revenue sinks into insignificance
in comparison. Increasing the license would not materially
increase the city's revenue, but it would destroy the purchas
ing power of this army of consumers; would vacate scores of
business and residence property; would throw 75 persons out
of employment and deny at least 300 persons the means of'live
lihood if the situation were to be the same as in Moline. Fur
ther it would utterly fail in its fancied "moral uplift" as the
"bootlegger" and "blind tiger" would follow in its wake and
the tendency to violate the law in order to make the same prof
it as before would lead to more drunkenness, vice and de
Think this over deliberately and you will see that yon
cannot afford to vote to put such a rdical and destructive
proposition in operation.
JOHN .OHLWEILEE, President.
M. D. EOSENFIELD, Secretary.
AUGUST H. LITT, Treasurer.
John Ohlweiler, M. D. Eosenfield, August H. Liitt, J. L.
Haas, Eobert Wagner, Otto Huber.
PULITZER, NOTED EDITOR, PASSES
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that state to the democratic national
convention In 1880. He was elected tj
the 49th congress from a Now York
district, but resigned after a few
Joseph Pulitzer, who came to this
Down O'.ir Street J. E. Buckrose.
Th' Secret Garden Mrs. F. H. Bur
Hport-Hallot Principles R. S. Childs.
Story of the Carol Edmondstoun
country, practically penniless, died Duncan.
worth, it 1s conservatively estimated, -j American Game-Bird Shooting G.
$31,000,000. His wealth was invested, ; B. Grinnell.
Harpers Camping and Scouting G.
Diciirmary r.f Music and Musicians
iMr George Grove.
Jane Dawson W. N. Harben.
Palestine and Its Transformation
had O. M. John-
JOStl'U i'ULITZER AND THE NEW YOKK WOULD BUILDING.
N- Yotk. Oct. 30. Joseph Pul tzer. t Tith th bedy today. Ralph Pulitzer,
r.i.e.1 64. edior a;:d proprietor of the
World. di"! at 1:40 o'clock yvterday
:ifti Tiioon on beard 1. is yacht Ufotrty,
if. tUo 1 a-t.T if OiatlfSton. S. C He
1 ;d ben iY. cr.Iy 4 Jours, and until
-. :st bf- re ho di d i: was beileved that
ti e iil!:i s uris only r. s'ipht iu ipos!-
r.ot only in his great newspaper prop
erties, the New York World and the
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but in the
highest class of gilt-edge securities.
He was a large stockholder in the Illi
nois Central railroad, it appeared Et
the time of the Harriman-Fish fight. Ellsworth Huntington.
j He was also a heavy holder of Dela- The Tennessee
ware, Iackawar.na & Western railroad : son.
stock, the highest priced railroad stock ' The Xew Art of Flying W. B.
in the country. He owned also an in-j Kaejupftert.
terest In banking institutions and be- j Social Direction of Human Evolution
side6 had his magnificent home in East V. E. Kellicott.
Seventy-third street, his home at Bar : Great Teachers of Judaism and
Harbor, a house at Lakewood, X. J.. j Christianity C.F.Kent.
and a large estate cn Jekyl island, rrugmiy W. H. Koebel.
New Brunswick. Ga. j Popular Handbook for Cement and
He had been born of German parents j Concrete Users M. H. Lewis.
near Budapest, Hungary. April 10. , Mary Midthorne G. B. McCuteheon.
1S47. He received an excellent prepar-! The Eldest Son Archibald Marshall.
atory education, but his native country I Pandora's Box J. A. Mitchell,
was torn by political factions, and thei laws of Business for All the States
boy conceived the idea of going to ajand Territories T. Parsons,
now land to make his fortune. j The Harvester Mrs. G. S. Porter.
stancara practical fiumbing R. M.
NEW BOOKS AT THE
Harriet Reecher Stowe C. E. Stowe.
Applied Sociology L. F. Ward.
Mother Careys Chickens K .D.
The following new books have been j city Government by Commission
received at the public library" and are j C. R. Woodruff
now ready for circulation:
Quee.- Newspaper Nam.
The Sick-a-Bed Lady E. H. Abbott.
para'y sis of
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le oldest eon. who was in New York
'eft to meet his mother. Joseph Pu- b r natlve nc and the tJOef ,hch thejr
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vh.-n word cf his f:,tl, rs death reach- M argerE F Ben eon r? provlnr,s: ff A the fact
c i u i r. f . v- l. i) -Margery c. ! . Keneon. riere are some instances of the curtos-
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.ye three sons Mr. Pu'iver leaves ham. ' I At' Aqni. in PiMmont. there is II
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a.. , r. . . , . .:7 i the Circus of Nero; at Messina, the
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;r::rnalssm unurrH In !:!. wten he j CATARRH OF oTOMACH , r.lnir: at Mont-welll, tb Infiexible; at
Vo'jkI t Vrr!J. then a paper cf , j Catania, th New Marionette,
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to fs'aWisfc and ma.r..:n a college cf
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the prescription from wuich Mi-o-n
tablets are made knows more about
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as a werr.-r of the . :,v the J'arrer house r hricar-.-
. c-slt-rc zi;d & a leifgato from druggists everywhere.
He hath a poor spirit who 1. not ,
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CALIFORNIA WOMEN VOLUNTEER FOR DUTY AT RECIS TRA TIOH
POLLS TO ENCOURAGE MEMBERS OF SEX TO VOTE UNDER NEW LAW
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t n fn offlcer" t0 encourage member, of their aex to corne to tho pop.. ThouBandi .mv reglotertd for
k lect.oo. Of the women who have .Uted their party 1 a..,n?. the It p jl lean, claim . . lajorlty, with
the Democrat and ProhlblUonlta running- evenly for econd. The picture was taken on a registration dy
at Los ADgele. '
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