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The American issue. [volume] (Westerville, Ohio) 1912-19??, March 15, 1912, Image 8

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| Some Startling Comparisons
J Tax Rate for
+ City Purposes
* Streator . $6.05 J4
| Joliet . 5-59
* Decatur . 5-o6
*3* Moline . 4-36
* Peoria . 4-25
$ Rock Island . 4-0i
* Rockford . 3-896
* Jacksonville . 3-87
$ 32,000
be cast against the passage of a county local option
bill, or in favor of a township repeal bill. Everybody
knows that the governor of the state has great in
fluence upon legislation if he chooses to exercise it.
It is possibly true that any man who will sit in the
governor’s chair, in view of the very close contest be
tween the liquor interests and the temperance forces,
will be in position to influence the passage or the
defeat of any important temperance or liquor measure.
We reiterate what we have many times said. The
temperance Republican voters of Illinois cannot
afford to vote for Mr. Wayman. They cannot afford
to take the risk.
Beardstown-One Saloon to Every
Fifty-five Voters
It is not particularly hard to enter the saloon
business in Beardstown with the license fee only $500
and many accommodating brewers. So there are
twenty-three open saloons which is one to every 275
inhabitants. Just think of that! Do you know what
that means? It means that one saloon, is supported by
an average of but fifty-five men assuming only those
of voting age are served with liquor in a well-regu
lated (?) saloon. Here as everywhere the saloon
breeds crime and destroys life. If you do not believe
this, scan the following record and see what you make
of it:
Record of Crime.
One day last fall a man named Ed White, an ice
wagon driver, a frequenter of the saloons of Beards
town, was found dead with his skull fractured. He
had been struck by some blunt weapon, presumably a
club. That same day White had been seen drinking
in several saloons with a man named Kelly. This
Kelly was a newcomer in Beardstown and although
little was known of him, he had already gained the
reputation even among saloon men, of being a tough
customer, Kelly escaped and has never been appre
Some four years ago two men, Richard Ashcraft
and George Humphrey were shaking dice and buyin°
drinks in one of the Beardstown’s many saloons. A
drunken fight followed. Ashcraft although a large
man weighing over 200 pounds was no match for hi=
opponent who stabbed him repeatedly. Ashcraft with
the blood gushing from his many wounds staggered
out of the saloon to a doctor’s office where he expired.
Humphrey is now in the penitentiary thinking it over.
Yes, whisky is truly the workingman’s friend.
In the summer of 1911 a farmer named Utter
came to Beardstown from Fredrick some five miles
away. He remained in the saloon town for two
days, drinking continuously. About two a. m., of the
third day his body frightfully cut up and mangled was
found in one of the train-yards. Today his widow
is fighting life’s battle for herself and several small
Just a few months ago one of Beardstown’s prom
inent citizens was found drowned. He was known as
a hard drinker and in fact had been seen in one or
more saloons on the day of his death. These cases
could be multiplied but they will suffice to show the
murderous effect of whisky and the saloon. One of
the Beardstown merchants recently said in comment
ing on the “wet” and “dry” situation:
“I suppose we will have to have a couple more
murders here before the crowd is ready to vote out
these places.”
That tells the sentiment of the “wets” exactly.
“A couple more murders!” Truly, why not? Or a
dozen? or a hundred? What will it actually take to
make our American men realize that the open saloon is
the most vicious and most unnecessary relic of bar
barism that now remains with us?
The pauper question is not a pleasant one, either,
for the citizens of Beardstown to face. Their poor
house never lacks guests because the saloons of
Beardstown are making them faster and faster! And
the fact that the tax rate is close to $6.00 whereas in
most no-license towns it is no more than $4.00 does
not help the logic of Beardstown’s “wet” voters,
either. But gradually, be it said, public sentiment is
changing and in another two years the saloon will
doubtless be a thing of the past in this Cass county
State Grange for County Option
We are coming to realize the terrible drain upon
humanity and the enormous loss, not only in dollars
and cents, but in life, happiness and the welfare of the
whole people through the liquor traffic and the saloon.
All of our charitable institutions, including our jails
and prisons, are filled largely as a result of the liquor
Not long ago. T visited an asylum in this state,
where the superintendent told me that over 75 per

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