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^ '»»« - J The Anti-Saloon League of Tennes see has opened East Tennessee head quarters in Knoxville, with James H. Welcker, a leading attorney, in charge. o o o “Wets” of Vandalia, 111., have filed a petition to have the liquor issue sub mitted to vote April 2. Vandalia has been without saloons for four years and the results are so satisfactory to the people that the “drys” do not fear the outcome. 000 The simple life and fresh air as a cure for habitual inebriety, coupled with a modicum of punishment for persistent offenses in the contem plation of nature from behind a plow, or at the end of a hoe handle, is the plan of a charitable organization in Atlanta, Ga., which will petition the city authorities to purchase a farm for drunkards. It is believed this method, instead of jail sentences, will be effective in reclaiming many of these men and in making them useful citizens. 000 Bates College, Lewiston, Me., ha* no person in her corps of teachers who makes any use whatever of in toxicants. She has never had such a person on her faculty. She inserts in the matriculation pledge that each young man must sign in order to become a student in the college, a pledge of abstinence from intoxicants of every kind during connection with the institution. This pledge is rarely broken. o o o Representatives of the state organi zation of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Colorado has filed with the secretary of state a petition, containing more than twenty five thousand signatures, to initiate a constitutional amendment looking to state-wide prohibition. u u u Temperance people of Goldsboro, N. C., are pleased with the activity in other towns against blind tigers. No arrests have been made at Goldsboro, but the blind tiger men have taken the hint and everything is as “dry” as a chip. o o o The United Daughters of the Con federacy and Confederate Veterans* camps over the entire South, have been stirred to indignation over the effrontery of a liquor firm in using Robert E. Lee’s name and picture on the label of a whisky bottle. Upon protest of these organizations and, in fact, of practically all of the Con federate organization of Alabama, the Alabama pure food department issued orders for the immediate discontinu ance of such use in Alabama. Similar r steps are being taken in Georgia and Florida and it is expected that every Southern state will officially notify the manufacturers in St. Louis that the label is objectionable and will not be tolerated, no matter what the legal status of such use. o o o Since the new officials of Albany, Ore., took charge of the city govern ment, they have been true to their campaign promises to make their mu nicipality a clean one. Bootlegging has been prosecuted, and fines col lected in a considerable amount. They have given an instance of how prohibition prohibits when the offic ials are true to their oaths. o o o According to the opinion of the Indiana attorney general, candidates for nomination or election who spend money for cigars or liquor are guilty of violating the corrupt practices act. Steamers Will Abolish Bars Placing at the governor’s call all the sheriffs and their deputies for the purpose of enforcing the state law in any community in Tennessee where violations of it are alleged to be fla grant, is a form of new legislation suggested by a committee appointed at a law enforcement conference held in Nashville last fall to look into the governor’s powers relative to enforc ing prohibition. Other suggested leg islation believed to be constitutional includes empowering the governor to summon citizens to make arrests; making city officials responsible to state authorities; providing for the interchange of criminal judges and providing for the discharge of certain duties by others when the sheriff refuses to act. It is urged that a special session of the legislature be called to enact laws in conformity with these suggestions. Saloons and Miners' Unions In a recent issue of the Black Dia mond, a magazine devoted to the in terests of the miners, there appeared an article on strike chances and the condition of the miners union. The assertion is made in the article that saloons have greatly contributed to the present demoralized conditions in union circles. The article goes on to say that in a number of the states the miners themselves have worked for the abolition of the saloon, know ing that it is detrimental to the wel fare of the workmen. But no such change has come in the state of Pennsylvania. Sneakmc of conditions among the miners of that state and the effect the saloon is having on the union the article says: Here just the reverse is true. In Shenandoah, in Minersville, in St. Clairsville, etc., the saloons outnum ber the groceries. Fully 90 per cent of them are conducted in a manner that is offensive to the last degree. A majority of them have been scenes of ferocious crimes of some species or another. Of course, the judiciary is a sacrro-sanct, to be viewed with sacred awe as the palladium of liberties, nevertheless Judge Edwards of Scran ton and Judge Brumm of Pottsville, have been about the only two judges that grant licenses that have shown any consideration for the wishes of the people in withholding unnecessary per mits to sell. Nor have several of the judges dealt with crimes emanating in these doggeries with a severity, at least not harsh enough to have a re pressive effect. As he views this ju dicial leniency towards the perpetra tors of the numerous wanton murders the average citizen of Schulkill coun ty will paraphrase the wish of the Puritan gazing on a sordid parliament during King James the Second’s reign^ “Oh, for one hour of Judge Pershing.” Nutriment in Beer A Chicago distiller, interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, stated: The chemists of the department of agriculture will tell you that there is a large food value to good liquors. Now and then, it is advisable to run these things down for yourself Bonaparte once exclaimed, “Historyl Bah! A fable agreed upon.” Like wise the scientific information anent whisky and beer which appears in the daily newspapers is very frequently “a fable agreed upon.” In order to separate the fabulous from the true, the Associated Prohibition Press ad dressed a letter of inquiry to the Department of Agriculture. Here is what the chemists tell us: From Dr. Wiley, “The Chemists of the Bureau of Chemistry have not investigated alcohol as a source of food.” And this from the Chief of Nutri tion Investigations: “So far as I am aware, the Department of Agriculture has not carried on investigations with alcohol such as those to which you refer.” Here is an admission from the lips of a prominent abstainer: “I admit beer has food value. If you drink 120 gallons of beer you get the nutri tive equal of a pound of bread.” Kentucky Justice A couple of Ohio detectives went over to Ashland, Ky., recently and secured evidence against twenty-four speakeasies and fifty proprietors and bartenders. These fifty men were indicted on ninety-seven counts, pleaded guilty and each was given a fine of $60 and costs and sent to jail for ten days. Evidently justice in Kentucky is not blind.