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The American Issue
AN ADVOCATE OF CHRISTIAN PATRIOTISM Published Weekly by The American Issue Publishing Co., for THE ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS. ERNEST H. CHERRINGTON, Editor. ERNEST A. SCROGIN, Illinois Editor. SAM PICKEL, Assistant Editor. PUBLICATION OFFICE, WESTERVILLE, OHIO. Branch Office, 1200 Security Bldg., Chicago. Price, $1.00 per Year. Application made for entry as second-class matter at the postoffice at Westerville, Ohio, under the act of Congress of March 3, 1879. NATIONAL OFFICERS—General Superintendent, Rev. P. A. Baker, Westerville, Ohio; Treasurer, Foster Copeland, Esq., Columbus, Ohio. STATE OFFICERS—State Superintendent, Ernest A. Scrogin, Chi Illinois; Treasurer, W. W. Bennett, Chicago, Illinois. Notice to Postmasters. All notices for change of address or discontinuance should be addressed to The American Issue—Illinois Edition. If your are receiving the Issue and have not sub scribed for it, it is coming to you as a gift from a friend. Your subscription is paid. Prevention is better than cure. It is worth a life effort to lift a man from degredation. But to prevent his fall is far better.”—John B. Gough. Somebody will fall if the saloon returns to your town. Vote to keep it out. If it is already there, vote to oust it. Three hundred millionaires in this country have been such through the manufacture and sale of intoxicants, while an army of three hundred thousand criminals, paupers and lunatics have been made such through the purchase and consumption of the poison. April 9 is Appomattox Day April 9 is a great historic day. Forty-seven years ago on that day I stood on the battlefield of Appomattox and witnessed the surrender of General Lee’s army of Northern Virginia to General Grant, and so I am hoping that on April 9 we shall make it possible to gain another great victory, and assure the passage of the county option law. So writes one of the heroes of the civil war, who is now a hero in our present warfare against liquor. April 9 is Appomattox Day! Forty-seven years ago, April 9, meant the death of a foul slavery, the righting of a great wrong, the freeing of millions in bondage, the saving of our country. Let the mind travel back to that memorable day in 1865, the two great armies stood on the fields of Appomattox and General Lee surrendered his sword to General Grant. What a privilege to have had a part in that contest! What a possession is the memory of that day to the men who stood upon that battlefield and witnessed that scene! Our soldier friend has given us a slogan for the present conflict. Let April 9, of 1912, be the Appomat tox day of the liquor traffic in Illinois. Let it mean a long step toward the death of another foul slavery, the righting of another great wrong, the freeing of millions more in bondage, and the saving of our coun try anew. Let your mind travel forward to this won derful day but six weeks from us. Two armies stand even now upon the battle-field. Let us hope that that day shall witness the surrender of the liquor interests, and the assurance of the passage of a county option law. What a privilege to have a part in this contest; what a possession will be the memory of this day to those who stand upon this battlefield and have a part in the winning of this victory. Make it the battle-cry of these next forty days, ON TO APPOMATTOX! On to victory! On to county option! Let April 9 be the Appomattox day of the liquor traffic in Illinois. Cause and Effect New Jersey has one liquor dealer to every 214 population. All New England has one liquor dealer to every 532 population. New Jeresy has one convict to every 1,606 popu lation. All New England has one convict to every 3,162 population. Kansas has no saloons. Governor Stubbs of that state, in an address de livered in Chicago, March 27, 1910, said: “Last year forty-nine of the 105 counties of Kansas did not send a person to the penitentiary. We have only one convicted person in our county jails for every 7,000 inhabitants.” The saloon makes criminals. Supreme Court Jolts the Saloon The Illinois supreme court, in a judgment handed down last week, holds that if a man becomes intoxi cated in a saloon and afterwards is robbed the saloon keeper who sold him drinks and the owner of the prop erty on which the saloon is situated are liable not only for the amount he lost, but also for heavy damages. The case in which this decision was rendered was that of John Wiesguth against P. J. Dwyer and John Stack. The suit was brought by Wiesguth’s wife, Mrs. Sylvia Wiesguth. Dwyer was a saloonkeeper and Stack owns the building. When Wiesguth recovered from a spree begun in Dwyer’s saloon he found that all his money had dis appeared. The supreme court also held as valid the law pro hibiting saloons within two-thirds of a mile of the Soldiers Home at Quincy. The brewery interests have fought this law from the time it was introduced in the legislature. 1 hey put up a determined effort to prevent its enactment, finally testing its validity in the supreme court. The saloons that infested the terri tory about the Soldiers’ Home were practically all brewery-owned dives. Since their abolishment drunk enness in the home has been cut down 62 per cent according to the official report of the Superintendent of the Home, J. O. Anderson.