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Senate and House
Agree on Dry Bill
Nearly All Senate Amendments Are
Favored by Conferees
On October 1 the conferees of the
Senate and House reached an agree
ment on the provisions of the Prohi
bition enforcement act. The follow
ing are some of the most important
features, as reported in a Washing
ton dispatch to the Chicago Herald
and Examiner:
1. It will be lawful to possess any
quantity of liquor in private homes
and to serve the same to bona tide
guests, but the burden of proof to
ahow such liquors were obtained be
fore the law became effective and
that they arc not sold will be upon
the possessor.
2. All liquors containing more than
onc-half of 1 per cent of alcohol arc
"intoxicating," under the law.
3. The penalty for manufacture or
sale of intoxicating liquors is fixed at
a fine of not more than $1,000 or im
prisonment for not more than six
months for the first offense; for a sec
ond offense the fine is fixed at not
less than $200 nor more than $2,000
and imprisonment not less than one
month nor more than five years.
Liquor in Homes
The section agreed upon by the
conferees regarding the use of liquor
inn private home is as follows:
“It shall not be unlawful to possess
liquors in one's private dwelling
while the same is occupied and used
by him as his dwelling only and such
liquor need not he reported, provided
such liquors arc for use only for the
personal consumption of the owner
thereof and his family residing in
such dwelling and of his bona fide
guests when entertained by him
therein; and the burden of proof shall
be upon the possessor in any action
concerning the same to prove that
such liquor was lawfully acquired,
possessed and used.”
Home Cider Approved
The Senate conferees succeeded in
retaining virtually every one of the
285 liberalizing provisions adopted by
the upper house, which comprise
mostly administrative features. The
principal "liberal" amendment of the
Senate, permitting home manufacture
and consumption of cider and light
wines, was approved as well as an
other Senate amendment extending
application of the constitutional
amendment to the Panama Canal
Senate amendments accepted in
cluded that striking out the clause
i t.t* trains,
street cars, automobiles, ferries or
other public conveyances and the
provision prohibiting public inspec
tion of the records of sales and pur
chases filed with the internal revenue
Hotel Rooms Exempt
The conferees struck out the House
amendment requiring physical exami
nation by physicians of patients be
fore issuance of prescriptions for in
toxicating beverages and retained
the Senate amendment providing for I
consumption of intoxicants by pa- j
tients in establishments for treatment !
of alcoholic addicts.
For expenses in enforcing the bill,
the conferees reduced the Senate ap
propriation of $3,500,000 to $2,000,000.
Another Senate amendment written
into the bill, regarding the exemption
of intoxicants stored in homes from
seizure, was that providing residences
and homes shall include apartments
and hotel rooms used by such pos
sessors of liquors, who are exempt
from the requirement to report to the
government stocks on hand February
1, 1920.
The Mount Vernon News tells an
interesting story of how an Indian
started to get even with the whites.
It says:
Back in the early days of this
country it was the practice of the
pale faces to peddle booze to the
simple redskins, we are told in
the history book. There are ac
counts of how the white men
*were able to trade the red men
out of vast territories when a few
bottles of old-tashioned fire
water were introduced into the
The News then relates how an In
dian came to town and sold “medi
cine” containing 93 per cent alcohol,
until the authorities interfered. The
News concludes:
In some parts of the country it
has been for years against the
federal law for a pale face to sell
liquor to an Indian, but we do
not know whether there is a back
fire on this law that makes it un
lawful for the red man to pollute
his white brother by selling liq
uor to him.
Fifteen thousand pints of beer, rep
resenting the accumulation of raids
on truck trains enroute from Wiscon
sin to Chicago, were destroyed in the
public square of Woodstock, 111., by
order of County Judge Charles
Arrests 4,000 Less
In Two Dry Months
Better Enforcement Will Make Still
Better Showing
Arrests for all offenses decreased
by nearly four thousand in Chicago
during the first two months under
war Prohibition. This is one of the.
interesting facts brought out in an
article by the Chicago Evening Post.
The records of arrests made during
the four months show a decrease of
over 2,000 cases of disorderly conduct,
the charge which covi rs a number of
violations of the city ordinance. It
also shows a decrease of nearly 200
cases of non-support of wife and
The following is a record of arrests
made on some of the more serious1
charges during the four months:
May- July
Jttnc Aug.
Burglary . 165 1691
Attempted burglaries . 20 18
Murder . 20 29
Robbery . 164 82
Non-support of wife and
child . 491 271
Contributing to delinquen
cy of children . 89 40
Disorderly- rrmdtwl. 5»97+--d:3*>-3
Inmates of g a rri b 1 i n g
houses . 489 299
Auto laws .4,088 .1,482
Bigamy .. 12
Larceny . 854 642 \
Manslaughter . 13 12!
The number of arrests for violating
the automobile ordinance dropped j
nearly 1,500.
Laborers Welcome
Prohibition Now
As Providential
(Campaign News)
Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 23.—Labor
unions never have been friendly to
Prohibition, but to many of the lead
ers in the strike of steel workers and
their allied trades, the lack of drink
in the present emergency seems prov
“The worst foes of strikers have
been hunger and violence,” said M. i
F. Tighc, president of the Amalga
mated Association of Iron. Steel and
Tin Workers. "It is natural that men
with nothing to do should gather in
saloons. During a strike they spend
their meagre cash, their families suf
fer, and they are much more likely to
lose their tempers after they have
had whisky.
“Prohibition h*s worked a hardship
on workingmen in many respects, but
now most of them are well satisfied :
with it as a ‘war measure.’ If the
selling of alcoholic beverages should ,
again be permitted, the great major
ity will be in a state of mind to get
along without recourse to the saloon."
The second liquor case to come be
fore a jury in Reno, Nevada, has re
sulted in acquittal. After being out
an hour and forty-five minutes the
jury called to try Frank Ming on a
liquor charge gave, a verdict of acquit
tal. The first case tried two weeks |
ago, resulted in a hung jury and must!
be tried over.
The sheriff of Shelby county re
cently captured a Packard 5 ton
motor truck loaded with IS cases of
whisky. The whisky was being trans- j
ported from a warehouse in East St.
Louis bound for Covington, Ky. The
drivers of the truck were placed in j
the county jail. The truck and the
whisky are being held by the authori
ties awaiting action of the court.
Sir Archibald Salvidge Believes That
War-Time Hours for Public Houses
Should be Continued Right Along
According to an Associated Press
London correspondent, Sir Archibald
Salvidge of Liverpool, managing di
rector of a brewery company which
owns 300 public houses, proposes that
the war»time restrictions upon drink
ing hours be continued.
Under the old regulations public
houses in London closed at midnigh/
and might open at any hour the
morning they pleased. Most of them
opened at 6:00, but in some working
districts they were open at 5:00 and
among the evils of that system was
the custom among many working men
of drinking beer before breakfast.
The present hours for opening arc:
from 12:30 to 3:00 in the afternoon i
and from 6:00 to 10:00 at night, with
shorter hours on Sunday.
Sir Archibald Salvidge said to a re
porter, “The conditions when hours
range from 6:00 in the morning to
12:00 at night, I trust will never re
Walt Mason, in Chicago Dailj^Ncys
Still some lament, with language
rude, the passing of Old Booze; the
precious boon of getting stewed they
cannot calmly lose. "Our fathers
fought at Bunker Hill, Toledo, and
elsewhere, that we our tanks with gin
might fill,” they wrathfully declare.
"Our noble sires give up their lives
that we might wear a bun, and paint
the town and beat our wives, and
have all kinds of fun. George Wash
ington flung forth his flag, and made
the tyrant quail, that we might buy a
goodly jag, and sleep it off in jail.
Where are our boasted liberties?
They've shriveled up and shrunk, and
our palladiums are cheese, and all our
bulwark’s bunk." The precious boon
of getting full of alcohol or gin. until
a husky harness bull came up and ran
you in! It is a queer thing to lament,
and I, for one, don’t know why any
sane, well-balanced gent should weep
for such a woe. The “liberty” that
makes men bores to neighbors and to
friends is better off kicked out of
doors—I’m glad such freedom ends.
The “liberty” that starves the kids,!
and mortgages the coop, and keeps
the girls from buying lids, is scarcely
worth a whoop. I
Motorboat Runs Afoul on Way to
Carried Big Load of Beer From
Sad Results When Engine Failed
Stranded on Zion City's Fatal
Officers Discovered Contraband
Arrest of Crew, Confiscation of
Cargo, and Holding of Boat
Followed With Boat Now in
Danger of Being Destroyed
Tlti “Wilbur H.” a Lake Michigan
i motor boat, will probably never ply
| the waters again carrying beer or any
[ other cargo, for she is liable to be de
i stroyed under the Illinois state law
providing for the destruction of
vehicles confiscated carrying proved
contraband liquor.
Sunday morning, September 21, the
“Wilbur H.” loaded with 81 cases of
Pabst beer at Kenosha, Wisconsin,
j was proceeding peacefully on her jour
| ney to Chicago when the engine sud
j derily went out of business. Away
over to the starboard side lay Zion
City and with fevered brow the cap
tain saw that fate was against him.
Nothing could he done to repair the
broken pa,t of the engine and so tbe
boat drifted slowly ashore and hit the
sand right plumb against Zion City.
In order to lighten the boat and if
possible to get her into deep water
clear of Zion City, the captain ordered
the cargo stored on the beach and the
81 cases of beer were piled up on the
shore. About this time a resident of
Zion City saw the strange ship and its
cargo. He gave the alarm to the po
lice and they called for wagons, ropes
and men and rdf they went to the
scene of the "wreck.”
The captain and a member of his
crew were placed under arrest and
locked up iif Zion City jail and the
boat confiscated. The beer had been
purchased.by a Chicago saloonkeeper,
owner of the boat, the officers were
told. The saloonkeeper paid cash for
the beer to the Pabst agent at Keno
sha, it was said, and after lie saw the
beer safely aboard he. came back to
Zion City is surely proving a stum
j bling block to the Wisconsin-1 llinois
beer smugglers. It was at this point
that the trucks carrying beer front
I Kenosha to Chicago were apprehended
some time ago, which seizure has rc
| suited in the cases now before Federal
fudge Landis of Chicago. These
cases are attracting nation-wide atten
tion as Judge Landis is making a thor
ough probe into the beer smuggling
business and has bound over to the
i grand jury many Milwaukee and Chi
cago brewers and scores of Chicago

Long Time Leases Reported in Brew
ery Plants in New York City Yield
i Rich Return From Legitimate Busj
; ness
According to the New York Sun
j the immense warehouse in that city
I of the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Com
i pany has been leased for a long term
! of years at an aggregate rental of
i $350,00(1. The property includes a six
• story and basement building and con
nects with a siding of the New York
Central railroad. The building is
I equipped with a cold storage plant
! and was used for many years as a
| storage plant by the Anheuser-Busch
About the same time this announce
ment was made through the New
York Sun the New York Tribune con
tained a . item concerning property in
that city long occupied by the Pabst
company. This property, too, has
been leased for a f eriod of 42 years
and the new lessee will pay in the
neighborhood of $1,680,000 for the
The federal government has asked
the Supreme Court of the United
States to expedite consideration of
appeals from Federal ^ourt decrees in
Baltimore upholding the right of
brewers to produce 2.75 per cent beer
under flic food control act. Because
of conflicting decisions in the lower
courts on this question the govern
ment declares Niat it is important that
an early decision be handed down by
the Supremt-tiuirt.
| New York Dry Leader to Discuss
Judge Nominee Is Invited lor
He Is Opposed to the Eighteenth
Position Threatens Established
Attitude Forces An Aggressive
j Forces Interested in Established
j Order and Good Government* *
j Are Compelled to Wage Fight
i on Nullificationists
i __
Congressman Reuben Haskell, of
Brooklyn, has won the Republican
nomination for county judge. He
has openly declared opposition to the
eighteenth amendment. When he in
jected this issue into the campaign the
Anti-Saloon League got actively into
the fight in opposition to his candi
dacy. The Anti-Saloon League is
making it plain that the issue is not
Prohibition, but is an issue to deter
mine whether law and order shall
triumph over lawlessness.
It is certainly an evidence of undue
pro-liquor activity when a candidate
i for county judge injects tiic issue of
! support of the Constitution of the
I United Slates into his campaign.
Superintendent Anderson of the
j Anti-Saloon League challenged Con- f
jgressman Haskell to a debate on the 4,
I question Involved, hut Haskell re* M
j fused to accept the challenge. Now W
I the Allied Citizens of America, ar. or
j ganization "incorporated to uphold
! American ideals and the United States
Constitution,” has invited Mr. Ander
son to discuss the issuess involved at
the Brooklyn Academy of Music on
the night of October 20. Mr. Ander
son has accepted the invitation and
has renewed his offer to Mr. Haskell
J to divide time with him on this night.
Anderson will discuss the question
whether Haskell accepts the invita
tion or not.
The League in conducting an active
campaign throughout Brooklyn, ap- j
pealing to the pastors for moral sup
port; but it is making it plain that
Haskell is but a “syinpton” and his
"declaration a mere incident.” Mr.
Anderson lias declared that the forces
of righteousness do not have to win
at this time, but that they do have
to fight. In other words, the success
of Haskell at the polls will not mean
ultimate success for the nullification
ists. that the fight will go on and on
until those who would nullify the
Constitution of the United States arc
completely routed.
Wine Grapes Can Be Converted Into
Non-Intoxicating Beverage Closely
Resembling in Taste Finest Sparkler
of Olden Days
___ -1
Discovery of a process by which
grapes can be converted into a non
intoxicating wine having the bouquet
and taste of the finest wines previ
I otisly manufactured, has been an
nounced in a press dispatch carrying
a Los Angeles date line. The details
of the process, it is said arc secret,
but it was recently announced that
wineries at Cucamonga and Etiwanda,
Califronia, will have a greater output
of the new product than any previ
ously had of wine. Wine grapes
which have jumped in price almost 75
per cent since last year are being rap
! idly bought up by the wineries and
i this it was believed presages a confi
dence in the success of the new bev
erage. It is interesting to note in this
connection that newspapers are carry
ing display advertisements of a wine
of this character. t n *'
After Failing to Have Bootleggers
Freed on Technicality, Their Attor
neys Find Jury Has Quick Convic
tion Punch
Judge Henry of Lebanon county.
Pa., presiding in the Dauphin county
court last week ruled that the Penn
sylvania courts still have jurisdiction
in cases involving violation of the liq
uor laws. The attorney representing
a bootlegger asked that the indictment
be quashed on the ground that federal
authorities had superseded state au
thorities. Judge Henry ruled other
wise and ordered the trial to proceed.
Something of a stir was created in
the court room when one of the jurors
asked that the corks of bottles pre
sented in evidence be drawn. The
jurors then took their turn in smell
ing the contents. The defendant was
promptly convicted. The jurors
seemed to feel that a chemical analysis
of the contents of those bottles would
be a useless expense.

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