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NOTABLE TEMPERANCE GATHERING
Conference of Governors, Judges, Attorneys, Business and Professional Men, held in Washington, D. C., recently, to discuss measures and means of preventing interstate shipments of liquor whereby intoxicants are sent into “dry” territory. Alarming Increase of Liquor Drinking Among Women By. P. A. Baker, D. D. Better morals, better business methods and better standards of mental and industrial manhood are steadily bringing about a decrease in the number of men who drink mod erately or immoderately. Competi tion requires men to be at their best. The completest record of physiology, hygiene and science is that the most moderate use of alcohol decreases efficiency and a man who persists in it is quickly outclassed. On the other hand it must be evident to every ob serving person that drinking is on the increase amongst women. The cafes, hotel grill rooms, and back and side rooms attached to saloons for “ladies only,” are being frequented by women who pass as respectable, in alarmingly increased numbers. Even some of the great department stores, we are told, are putting in secluded wine rooms for the convenience of their bibulous lady customers. Young girls from good homes, with and without escorts, may be seen visiting the so-called “respect able drinking places” in our great cities in fabulous numbers and in most cases their parents have no knowl edge of their conduct and could not be made to believe it true. They en ter these places at first with a shrink ing timidity, but they sip hard, hot liquors until they come out bold and boisterous—the bloom of maidenly innocence forever brushed from their brows. There are two distinct reasons aside from a lower standard of home life, why drinking amongst women is on the increase. First, The requirements of business and industrial life do not rest with such universal exaction upon women as upon men, hence, they are not deterred by these requirements. Second, The liquor interests have taxed the ingenuity of the traffic the world over to invent euphonious names for palatable mixtures by which to lure innocent pleasure hunt ers into the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Many in this way become confirmed inebriates before they are aware that they are drinking intoxi cating liquors. A gentleman who keeps a drug store in a fashionable suburb of New York City told a friend of the writer re cently that it was surprising and alarming how many fashionable wo men in that community on their way home from shopping in New York would stop at his drug store to get drugs to help them sober up before they reached their homes and families. The church has made liquor selling disreputable—it must now make liquor drinking disreputable. "Whole" Democrats H. A. Ivy, of Sherman, Texas, de clares that a true Democrat stands for the suppression of the liquor traffic. He says any other stand is undemo cratic. Here is some of his reason ing: The man who favors governmental protection for an instittution so de structive of the Democratic right of “personal liberty,” falls short of being a “whole Democrat.” Measured by every Democratic stan dard, the American liquor license sys tem is clearly undemocratic, and the citizen who supports the system by his suffrage, to that extent subtracts from the unit of his Democracy, and be comes at best only a “fractional Demo crat.” Doubtless some will try to evade the forces of this reasoning by asserting that the party platform rather than the dictionary is the standard by which they gauge their Democracy and that the party platform having never demanded the suppression of the liquor traffic as it has other things inimical to the general welfare, they are not called upon to be more democratic than the party. So much the worse for the party. It is time for the party’s plat form to measure up to the full signifi cance of its name. The Democratic party will not be wholly Democratic until it demands the suppression of the liquor traffic, the arch destroyer o fthe Democratic rights of life, liberty and happiness, just as it has demanded the suppression of monopolies. The time is ripe in Texas for the Democratic party to be wholly democratic and to insist upon its stan dard bearers being “whole Democrats.” These fractional Democrats ought to be allowed to tarry in private life un til they learn the Democratic way so perfectly that they can overcome their liquor bias and be Democratic on the sale of liquor just as they are Dem ocratic on other things inherently de structive of the Democratic rights of life, liberty and happiness. Accepts Pollard Plan Germany is tired of being called by others a nation of beer drinkers, and the progress of temperance in that country is so rapid that it behooves other lands known a* temperate to bestir themselves lest the Germans take the lead in doing away with alco holic liquors. The state of Lippe, in that country, has adopted the plan of William Jeff Pollard, of St. Louis, for reformation of drunkards. “Were you drunk?” counsel asked a prisoner at Old Bailey, London, a few days ago. “Oh, no.” was the reply. “I was pretty middling. I had had seventeen beers, hut T knew what I was doing.” —Alliance News.