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1 _ \ v ___ The Church in Action Against the Saloon Vol. I Chicago, Illinois, March 30, 1906 No. 11 The Mightiest Political Force in Illinois The Anti-Saloon League is going to be a surprising factor in Illinois politics during the coining campaign. The compact organization and systematic methods of this body are not ap preciated by those who have failed to keep track of its work the past year. No veteran politician has a more complete poll nor a more detailed record of the various legislative candidates than the Anti-Saloon League. It is essentially different from all previous anti-liquor movements in its non-partisan character and the practical methods employed in its work. The League has enlisted the sympathy of the great majority of the substan tial, thinking class of voters and is getting more work out of them than they have ever done before. The candidate for a legislative office who ignores the Anti-Saloon League is putting his political neck in jeopardy.—The Neponset Messenger. One Platform for All “The secret of the phenomenal growth of the Anti-Saloon League is found in the fact that it furnishes the only plat form on which a Protestant and Cath olic can work together in harmonious fellowship against a common enemy,” and “its marvelous power is found in the fact that it furnishes the only plat form on which Republicans and Demo crats may stand together without a fight among themselves.—Purley A. Baker, D. D., Columbus, O. “The Anti-Saloon League is a part of - the machinery of God for the redemp tion of the world.”—Rev. H. H. Rus sell, D. D., New York city. A Surprise and a Wonder Every Farmer for Local Option When Asked His Position Prominent farmers and other citizens last Friday started among farmers ex clusively the “Roseville petition” to Lewistown business men to unite in vot ing out the saloons that work so much harm, especially to country people. In a few hours, Saturday, Henry L. Barrett presented his petition to 104 farmers, of whom 100 promptly signed the paper. The others said they would vote for county option, but declined to sign their names to this paper. The significant feature of this is that every farmer approached by Mr. Barrett IS FOB COUNTY OPTION. From this test it is apparent that upon a full discussion of this question the farmers of Fulton county would about unanimously vote for county option candidates for the legislature without regard to their politics otherwise. The politicians and bosses had better get their eyes open to this condition.— The Fulton County Democrat. Locked Arms for Revenue | A Portland (Oregon) saloon keeper said to a friend: “I tell the saloon keepers we can fix the laws regarding liquor drinking any way we choose. But the people will down the whole busi ness sooner or later, as sure as the sun rises. They would do it at once if it were not for the fact that they have locked arms with it to get revenue.” Answered at His Own Door The greatest meeting yet held in the campaign against John B. Castle in the Thirty-fifth Senatorial District, was held in the Opera House at Sandwich, Mr. Castle’s home town, on the evening of March 20th. Mr. Burke spoke to an audience that filled the Opera House floor and gallery, and many standing in the rear. His reply to the recent pamphlet, issued by Mr. Castle and sent over the district, was so complete, so absolutely convincing that Mr. Castle was wrong in every statement of his defense, that, when the opportunity was given at the close of the meeting, not one man in the audience could be found who had the courage.to $hnd up for Mr. Castle, and that is saying a good deal when you consider that it was his home town and among his neighbors. Mr. Burke gave an opportunity for any one, or as many as wished, to stand up and declare themselves for Castle. Not one individual arose. The x. .. only individual who challenged any statement made by Mr. Burke was an ex-saloonkeeper of the town. Somehow or other Mr. Castle’s saloonkeeper friends have been most unfortunate in not being able to keep quiet. It ought to be a convincing argument that Castle was with the saloon element, when the only men that have come out in public defense up to the present time in this campaign, have been saloonkeepers, or ex-saloonkeepers. Mr. Burke began his address by offering publicly to divide time with Mr. Castle if he were present, or with anyone who might wish to champion his cause. He met with the usual result. Not one appeared. Mr. Burke then took up Mr. Castle’s circular and answered every defense, from beginning to end, that Mr. Castle had made for himself. When he was through the whole thing looked not only insignificant, but perfectly ridiculous. It is doubtful if ever an audience went away better satisfied with the answers to a defense than did the audience at Sandwich. One of Mr. Castle’s own townsmen, and a business man, said to Mr. Burke at the close of the service, “You have not left enough of Castle to bury.” The campaign will continue until primary election day. Mr. Burke will not be the only one heard throughout the district, but many of the local workers, and possibly a number of the other field workers, may be put into the district.