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The stereopticon has come to be looked upon as one of the most effective aids in all educational and reform work. A fact forcefully told is effective. But the same fact graph ically illustrated leaves an impression that remains after the words are forgotten. We, therefore, strongly urge the use of the stereopticon in the local option campaign —Our propaganda especially lends itself readily to effective illustration. We have carefully arranged several sets of lantern slides, about sixty in a set, appro priate for use during the local option campaign. These sets are accompanied by a full outline which will make the preparation of a telling address comparatively easy. We are prepared to rent the slides with lecture outline at the unusual rate of $1.50 per set. This is just half the regular price. Pastors especially in towns voting upon the anti-saloon issue are urged to secure one or more of these sets for Sunday evening services. Send your order without delay to The Anti-Saloon League of Illinois, 1200 Secuiity Building, Chicago. $10,000 and personal property to the extent of $5,000. Pana saloonkeepers got all of this $15,000, and now the beleagured wife and daughter are suing to recover this money. Joseph Rayhill now rents a small farm where once he owned one. He is in reality still paying money to the saloons that took his all. Will Cloe committed suicide not so very long ago. He drank carbolic acid. This awful course was taken because the man was a confirmed drunkard, broken in health—a hopelessly ruined man! Again may be seen the hand of the Pana saloonkeeper. And Pana with its seventeen saloons is but a short sixteen miles away from the happy town of Taylorville. Now Widow Cloe and her five small children are suing the Pana saloon keepers for similar amounts to those of Mrs. Rayhill and her daughter. May both of these women win their cases! Four years ago Asa Cheney, an employee of the Standard Oil Company, while in the performance of his duties, that of delivering oil, entered a Pana saloon. He was carried out a dead man. Because Cheney re fused to drink with a whisky-besotten wretch who was in the saloon at the time, the latter buried a dirk in the sober man’s neck, killing him almost instantly. Once more—A farmer living a few miles west of Taylorville went to Springfield some two weeks ago. In that city he secured all the drink that he wanted in one of the many saloons. Later in the day he returned to his home. Immediately he began to beat his wife and children. Finally he became so violent that they fled the house. He followed, continuing the attack. Then his seventeen year old son, fearing for his own life and that of his mother, shot the drunken father, killing him. The coroner’s jury freed the boy on the grounds of self-defense. Here is another case. John Murphy of Taylorville died in the city hospital a few days ago of acute alco holism. He was in the habit of securing his booze in nearby towns. The Lesson Taught. What can be deduced from all these things? Just this—that the open saloon is the real menace! “Boot legging” may be bad, for everything connected with whisky is bad. No sane man denies that. But the average “bootlegging” drinker is not a courageous man. His specialty is robbing the baby’s bank. Not so with the saloon drunkard. He is dangerous to himself and the community, as the above frightful record shows. If he is ready for murder, the saloon offers him the way. How much longer, then, will these murderous hell-holes be permitted to exist? It is this curse—the open saloon—that Taylorville is free from. And it is very largely because of this fact that the city is one of the cleanest, most hospitable and best governed in all the length and breadth of our state. With $37,471.19 in the city treasury at present as against a deficit in saloon days, with much civic pro gress already evidenced in newly paved streets, recently constructed public buildings, etc., and with several saloonkeepers now in a new and decent line of trade— one that their wives need not be ashamed of—will it be possible for the men of Taylorville to go back on their present prosperity? Fighting “Jim” Leigh, ex mayor and the man that first started the grafters on the run, says, “No! Just tell the people of Illinois that we know a good thing when we see it down here in Taylorville.” And “Jim” is something of an oracle. May he be right! TAYLORVILLE CITIZENS SAY— Marvelous Change in School Children. Taylorville, February 16, 1912. I was city superintendent of schools in Taylorville for ten years. For seven years of that time there were some ten or eleven saloons in the city. In 1908 this township became local option territory and I was in an excellent position to observe the effect upon the children in the public school. The change was marvelous; children who had formerly come to school ragged, unwashed and unprovided with the necessary equipment, now appeared with better clothes and cleaner—and were provided with the necessary books and supplies. The conclusion must necessarily be that some of the money which formerly had been spent in saloons was being now used for the better purpose—clothing, feeding and equipping the children for their work. My observations extended over a period of four years, and this statement is fact and not theory. Very truly yours, HENRY L. FOLKES, Superintendent of Schools, Christian County. Putting Money in the Bank. Taylorville, February 16, 1912. We have parties carrying accounts with us now who never had enough money ahead to start a bank account when we had saloons here. The laborer who is addicted to the drink habit yet wants to let it alone has a better opportunity to save his money and has been improving that opportunity. Yours very truly, W. E. TURNER, Cashier Farmers’ National Bank. Steady Improvement. Taylorville, Illinois, February 16, 1912. It is with pleasure that I am able to say that our schools have bene fited by the fact that there are no saloons in our city. Children come to school more regularly, wear better clothes, and are morally better than they were when I came to the schools here three years ago. We have not had to furnish more than half as many books to poor children as we previously did. The problem of discipline also is much easier, and in every respect the school has profited by being in “dry” territory. Yours truly, P. H. DEFFENDALL, Taylorville City Schools, District No. 116.