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The Great Destroyer
(Continued from last week’s Issue.) (This is the fourth installment of Captain Hobson’s lecture, continued from last week.—Editor Issue.) The first duty assumed by any government is the pro tection of the lives of its citizens. To any civilized govern ment the life of its citizens is sacred. It is incredible that the governments of the world should continue in league with assassins. When the true nature of alcohol becomes better understood, no community will longer tolerate these assas sins, who take their stand on the corners and up and down the squares of our cities. In the premises the state has not only the right but the bounden duty to put an end to this wholesale assassination. The Nation’s Life Itself At Stake. The menace of this destroyer extends yet further, to the very life of the nation itself. In the rural life of the country, the people do not have the poison continually in their path, so in spite of unusual hardship the great law of evolution and progress causes numbers to increase and each generation to be higher than the previous. Thus it is that the great empires and enduring civilizations of history were all built upon rural life. A time comes, however, in the life of each nation when its citizens, having accumulated wealth, gather into cities to enjoy it. There the great destroyer does his deadly work. Prevents Developing a Thoroughbred Race of Men. With seductive mockery, the poison stands on the tables of the rich, of the families of high degree. Degeneracy sets in forthwith. In all lands the great families rise only to sink back again. The royal and noble families of the Old World, the great families of America, might have gone on and pro duced a race of thoroughbreds. But, alas! they count among the most degenerate of all. It is not difficult to produce a thoroughbred race of corn. We can develop a thoroughbred race of horses or of dogs, but we can not produce a thorough bred race of men. The great destroyer strikes the families down as fast as they rise. The Rise and Fall of Nations and Empires. The ravages, however, are not confined to families of high degree. The bars of the saloons keep the poison in the presence of families of middle and lower degree. The whole population of the cities is stricken. Those who have moved from the country to the city begin to degenerate themselves and their degeneracy is visited upon the offspring. In a few generations the community is flooded with degenerates and abnormals. Thus far, whenever city life has come to pre dominate the nation has been doomed. Resting upon degen erates, its institutions have been blighted and sooner or later in the struggle for survival, when struck by a foreign foe, it has fallen never to rise again. This is the sad history of Babylon, Nineveh, Tyre, Greece, Rome, Gaul. Rome made the deepest imprint on history because it was longest rural and frugal, and while undegenerate it conquered the world, and upon the true principles of jurisprudence and justice reared a wonderful system of free institutions. But the Romans in turn gathered into their great city to be blighted, put up its crown at auction, and at last the empire was over thrown by the despised barbarians. Any form of plant life can be made to rise and develop indefinitely; likewise, any type of animal life; but history records the sad fact that a nation, made up of the noblest type of all, the creature in the image of his Maker, only rises to fall. “Westward the Star of Empire Makes its Way.” The way in which the human race has been able to progress has been that a rural and frugal fragment, still undegenerate, when decadent empires fall, breaks away and migrates to other lands. They could not go back eastward over the ashes of older empires, nor could they remain and build up a new empire in the midst of ruins of degenerates, and so they invariably moved westward. Then in new lands, in the forests and fields, under the process of nature, unde generated they multiplied in number, rose in character, and founded a new empire, which in turn gathered into cities, degenerated, then perished. Thus the star of empire west ward has made its way. (To be Continued.) A B C of County Option No. 7, Ogle County. G is Ogle county, Illi nois. A is the town of Oregon in Ogle county. B is the town of Byron in Ogle county. D E is the Rock River. C we will suppose, is a tannery located on the Rock River between Byron and Oregon. This tannery pollutes the waters of Rock River as they flow between their beautiful banks to Oregon. The tannery thereby becomes a nuisance to the people of Oregon, but not to the people of Byron. Oregon is concerned in that matter and the law gives her something to say about the existence of this tannery. Byron is not concerned because it is above the tannery on the Rock River, is not affected and there fore the law gives her nothing to say. Where the people are affected, they must have a voice; where they are not affected, they should have nothing to say: Oregon is a saloon town. Both Oregon and Byron are affected by the sa loons of Oregon. The two towns are only ten miles apart and an automobile can make the run between Byron and Oregon in a few minutes. The saloons of Oregon are not like the waters of Rock River. The waters of the river flow in but one direction, the influence of the saloons of Oregon radi ates to all directions. Now, Byran is not concerned in forcing Oregon to endure the tannery and its evil effects. Neither is Oregon concerned in forcing saloons upon Byron. For that reason, the county is not concerned in forc ing saloons upon any part of it, but every part of the county is concerned in forcing saloons out of every part of it. So, Oregon is not concerned in forcing saloons upon Byron, but Byron is concerned in putting them out of Oregon. So, because the effect of the saloon is bad it is not the right of one community to force saloons upon an other. But it is the right of any community affected to have a voice in having them out, no matter where they may be. Our inquiry must be: Who is affected? Who ever that is, he must have a voice in the matter. The people of the whole county are affected by the saloons. Therefore, the people of the whole county must have a voice in the matter. That is what county option means. County Local Option Gives a County - Wide Franchise for a County-Wide Menace and Nuisance.