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The Church in Action Against the Saloon
Vol. I Chicago, Illinois, February 2, 1006 No. 3 JOHN B. CASTLE, CHALLENGED By J. F. Burke Record of Famous Politician to be Aired in Public Debate in His Own Town Law Enforcement at Prophetstown Under the auspices of the Anti Saloon League, work was begun along law enforcememt lines in Proph etstown. Secret men were sent into the village and evidence obtained against the four saloon keepers who were running dram-shops without licences, Prophetstown being a “dry” town. After the evidence was gotten Prophetstown had a big Anti-Saloon Sunday in which Mr. Burke spoke on law enforcement, and sentiment was much crystalized. The evidence was presented to the Grand Jury by State’s Attorney Harry Waite at Morrison on the 2nd day of January and indictments were voted against all of the men and the saloons closed up. When the “rum mies” saw the nature of the evidence against them, they threw up their hands and plead guilty. They were promptly fined $500 apiece, with many other indictments held over their heads if they should open up again. The secret of the success at Proph etstown in this matter is due to their “stick-to-it-iveness.” There were enough difficulties encountered to dis courage ordinary men, but the Rev. J. W. Funston and Rev. C. H. Bur dick, with their friends, overcame it all and finally won a mighty victory. The lawyer or the politician makes one great speech and makes himself famous for life; the reformer or preacher makes a great hit one Sun day morning but fails to do so for the next three Sundays and his reputation is spoiled perhaps for life. Be careful and do your best every time. An Open Letter January 27, 1906. Hon. John B. Castle, DeKalb, 111.: Dear Sir—There has been, and there is likely to be, an increasing amount of discussion in DeKalb County and in the 35th Senatorial District, concerning your relations to the Local Option Bill, as presented in the 44th General Assembly, especially in relation to the movements that caused its defeat in the lower house of that body. There have been statements printed in one of the newspapers, at least, published in your home town of Sandwich, declaring that your attitude was friendly to that measure, and there are other statements, some of which purport to come from you, indicating that your attitude was friendly, and that the information, as now given out by the Anti-Saloon League, is misleading. These statements further declare that you have creditably represented the 35th Senatorial District, and acquitted yourself with honor to yourself and the district; that you stood for honest methods and a square deal, and iniquitous bills received your best elforts to defeat them. Many men in DeKalb County and throughout the district, who have read these statements, or who have heard them, and noticed that they are at variance with the position that we assume on this matter, have suggested that it would be profitable for them, and clear up this mooted question, should they be privileged to hear us discuss your position. Of course, it is impossible for us to do this with each one of them separately, therefore, I desire to say to you that I challenge your statement and the statements that have been printed in your town paper, that you have been a friend, or have been consistent in any sense in the support of the bill commonly known as Senate Bill No. 95, which was calculated to give to the people of the State of Illinois the right to rule locally on the liquor question. Further, that your attitude prior to that time was inimical, and that it has been consistently hostile to all legislation aiming to give to the people of the various political divisions, up to and including the county, the right to vote directly upon the saloon question. I further say that your relation to the Local Option Bill alone will prove the untruthful ness of the various statements above referred to, and printed in the paper of your town. Now, in order that the people may be conversant with the situation in your town of Sandwich, and from there that the facts and truth may radiate out into the county and district, I hereby propose that on the evening of the 6th of February next we meet in the Opera House in your town of Sandwich, for public discussion of your record as a public servant from the 35th Senatorial District. The resolution to be discussed may be either of two. You can take your choice of them.