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The^Great Destroyer
(Continued from Page Seven.)
The recruiting should begin in the public schools. Not a
class or grade should be allowed to pass without educational
instruction in the facts of alcohol.
Next to recruits in importance comes the officers. Every
great effective army must have a system for developing its
leaders.
The College Is the School for Officers.
Though less than 2 per cent of the men of America go
through college, yet from this 2 per cent the nation draws
7,700 out of the 10,000 leaders in all the walks of life. To the
colleges we must look for our leaders. Not a single class in
any college should be allowed to graduate without having
had presented to its members in scientific form the great
truths underlying this war. One of the weakest elements of
our struggle has been the lack of leadership, the lack of a
system for developing leadership. The destroyer today has a
strong hold upon our colleges, particularly in the large uni
versities. This grip must be broken at any cost.
Next in importance to preparation comes the question of
resources from which to draw the “sinews of war.” As yet
the work of developing resources on our side can not be con
sidered as even begun. The enemy by a voluntary stamp
system has perfected an almost unlimited source of supply,
a tax upon his $2,000,000,000 business. It is vain to hope to
win full and enduring victory in the face of the enemy’s re
sources until are own resources have been systematically de
veloped. • In a war upon which the nation’s prosperity, its
institutions, its very life hinges, we ought in reality to be
able to tap the whole vast resources of the nation. A national
finance committee must be organized and begin operations
with a definite program to create a new net income of
$100,000 each year. In ten years the great war should have
available a net minimum income for national purposes of a
million dollars a year; and each decade thereafter should add
an additional net income of a million dollars a year. With
adequate resources in all departments of the war operations
could be conducted systematically, and we could complete
those great preparations necessary for the gigantic war we
have on hand.
Organization is the Watchword.
After resources are developed, after the army has been
recruited and officered, the next great step is organization.
The army must be organized and drilled until it can be
wielded like a great engine of war, like the great standing
armies of the world. In every state, in every county, in
every township, in every precinct, the individuals must be
gathered under local leaders into squads; squads must be
assembled under higher leaders into companies, companies
into regiments, regiments into brigades, brigades into di
visions, divisions into army corps, until upon the word of
command we can set in motion 10,000,000 patriotic men, the
flower of the land.
Strike With Our Whole Power.
When the preparations are completed and war opera
tions begin, we must observe the laws of strategy and, above
all. the first law of strategy, concentration. Whenever a
decisive battle is to be fought, like the approaching battle in
Maine, we should bring to bear our whole power. The liquor
forces of the United States, of Canada, of the world, will be
gathered there to assault the citadel of real constitutional
prohibition. Shall we leave our local state forces alone, as
we did in the recent constitutional fight in Alabama and
Florida? When the British occupied Boston, suppose the
other colonies had left Massachusetts alone to meet the
British Empire. Suppose at Yorktown only Virginians had
been in the field. Under such a conduct of war no victory
could have been possible. We must assemble all the prohi
bition and temperance forces of America, develop a strong
national organization, and be able to strike with our whole
combined power on every decisive battlefield.
Strike Where the Enemy Is Weakest.
The second law of strategy is to strike where the enemy
is weakest and strike him in detail. The enemy is weakest
where the people are the least degenerate—that is, in the
country, in towns and smaller cities.
Use the Principle of the Wedge.
When attacking a stronghold the principle of the wedge
must be adopted. Enter the point of the wedge by ward
local option; win additional wards, concentrating the attack
at each fight; and when the majority has been won strike
for the city. In the case of great cities win the rural districts
until the majority of the state is sure, then strike for the
whole state. For our very great cities, the enemy’s citadels,
that swing their states, we must put the wedge into the rural
states, win state after state, till, sure of a majority, we strike
for the nation and split the log open.
The Spirit of the Men.
Though no great war has ever been won without follow
ing the laws of preparation and strategy, neither has any
long, hard war ever been won without deep incentive to main
tain the spirit of the men. Up till now, before science spoke,
by false education and through lack of kuowdedge on the part
of the people at large, the enemy has been able to invoke
higher principles, particularly when our leaders blundered in
the issue and laid themselves open to the charge of seeking
to have the state overstep the dominion of the individual and
encroach upon the home.
But by wisely laying the battleground now, with the full
facts about alcohol determined, we can by diligent work ot
education take away from the enemy all incentive but that of
greed and gain and can show him forth in his true light, a
mighty, ravaging horde, more terrible today than all the
hordes of Huns, Saracens, Tartars, Ottomans—than all the
hordes of history. On the other hand, we should take to the
men of our ranks a full realization that we fight for home
and fireside, for liberty, for country, for God.
The enemy by ruse attempts to shake the spirits of our
forces by saying, “Prohibition does not prohibit.” Let u.»
not only show up how it does already prohibit to a marked
degree, but let us realize that getting prohibition is but pari
of our war. The second part is its enforcement. Let us turn
the whole power of our organization throughout Wse prohi
bition territory into such complete enforcement that all the
world must see. Shrewd word is also passed along our ranks,
especially to the worrying, that “Prohibition can not pro
hibit.” Let us fling this back in the teeth of the enemy. It
is nothing less than a boast that the nation is already lost.
Let us put it before our ranks as the cry of pirates who have
boarded the ship of state and with jeers are trying to hoist
the black flag, with its skull and crossbones, above the Stars
and Stripes.
We can and should stir in our ranks the greatest depths
of the human heart, depths from which men are transformed,
under whose impulses mortals are capable of accomplishing
what seems the impossible.
Indeed, we can and should one and all have that deep
abiding realization that sustains even in dark hours of tern
porary defeat, the realization that we are working with the
great forces of nature, that the stars in their courses are
fighting for us, that it is written in the book of fate that thi
great destroyer shall be destroyed.
We can all go forward in the great war with a song in
our hearts, each to do his full duty, whether as an officer
or as a private in the ranks, knowing that whatever betide,
whether the heavens fall or the earth melt away, whether w’e
see the victory or die in the conflict, that “the Lord of Hosts
is with us.” that “the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Saloon Business Must Yield
When it clearly appears that there is a real conflict be
tween them, human rights must have the upper hand, for
property belongs to man and not man to property.—Roose
velt.
License laws have not only failed in the past, but it is
certain that they cannot succeed in the future because of in
herent weakness.—Hon. R. C. Pitman.

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