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The Way to Make Springfield the Best City in Illinois or in
the Middle West, in Which to Live, Is to Get Rid of Its Outlawed Saloon and Vice interests A Statement by F. Scott McBride A few years ago Springfield voted against its 210 saloons. This is an expression of the sentiment, of Springfield but corrupt politics has kept Spring field from getting rid of its saloons. Loyalty to one’s city means tlie enforce ment of the laws of the city, state and nation. The Anti-Saloon League in order to find out whether or u<jt the officials arc enforcing the law in Spring field sent two investigators there. 1 have before me their affidavits. Below I is given according to these affidavits the list of places where within three days' I time our investigators bought whisky, white mule, and moonshine. 716 Madison St. 1933 Peoria Rd. 208 No. 5th St. 1931 Peoria Rd. 200 No. 5th St. 930 E. Carpenter St. 711 E. Jefferson St. 122 No. 6th St. 116 F-. Jefferson St. 223 No. 6th St. 424 E. Jefferson St. . S. \Y. corner 11th and Washington Sts. 726 E. Jefferson St. 730 E. Washington St. 4 805 E. Jefferson St. 230 No. 6th St. * 414 E. Jefferson St. 300 No. 9th St. . « 231 W. Mason St. „ E. Jefferson St. across from lumber yd. S. E. corner 11th and Mason Sts. 120 No. 7th St. S. VV. corner 10th and Mason Sts. 118 No. 7tli St. 1030 E. Mason St. 116 No. 7th St. 114 No. 8th St. 231 No. 7th St. 213 Peoria Rd. 230 No. 7th St. Wc have affidavits corroborating ail of these. We have also in the affi davits statements showing purchases made at several times at some of the above places. In addition to this the federal agents have gone into Springfield and have reported that the town is wide open. The question with the Sangamon County Enforcement Committer, and the State Anti-Saloon League, in its relation to the Legislature is—Shall the Dick Sullivan wet organization that lias been urged by these organizations to clean up Springfield, with promise of the fullest co-operation, continue to ignore the will of the people of Springfield by keeping the city w et, since the citizens have voted it dry and the United States has outlawed, through the Eighteenth Amendment, the liquor traffic? Searcy is the candidate of this wet faction for the Senate. He refuses to stand for legislation in the program of the Anti-Saloon League that will make it possible in spite of rounty officials, to enforce the law in Springfield. Wheeler has stood for such appropriations as would give the attorney general funds with which to clean up Springfield and has stood as well f.or all the needed legislation. Tf you wish Springfield to be what it ought to be and can be—the best city in the state of Illinois—remember this on Primary Day and vote for the endorsed candidate for Senate and House by the Anti-Saloon League and the ^County Law Enforcement League. CAN THE OUTLAWED LIQUOR TRAFFIC AND LIQUOR MONEY BOOST ED. HULL, A PEORIA DISTILLER, INTO CONGRESS? r < VVm. K. (F.d.) Hull, a distiller of Peoria, has been selected as a candidate for Congress to open the vfay for the wets. For over two years it has been known that the liquor interests of the nation would make their supreme effort to bring back the liquor traffic in the Congressional campaign of 1P22. Why Illinois was Chosen as the Battle Ground Illinois has long been considered a strategic state on the Prohibition ques tion. Peoria is known as the distillery city, being the home of the biggest distilleries in the world. Chicago is known as a center of powerful liquor interests. This makes Illinois a crucial state. In addition to these facts, the Illinois Primary i.-> held this year sooner than those of any of the other big slates of the Union. If the wets can point to an important victory in Illinois in the defeat of a Congressman who voted for the dry program by a leading distiller it will have an important bearing on the elections to follow in the other big states. Why Ed. Hull was Chosen Fd. Hull, of Peoria, around whom the liquor forces of the nation gather today, is their choice for a number of reasons. First, he lias made more than a million dollars out of the distillery business. He is spending this money * lavishly in advertising his campaign over.the district. Being an ultra wet lie can fool some of the drys with his statements and yet at the same time hold ' the confidence of the wets by his record and attitude. Any man who has made a million dollars in the manufacture of whisky is counted safe with i the wet voter. Also he-is ail expcrienct/d lobbyist. For nearly a score of years he has been the real wet leader in the Illinois Legislature. Anton Cermak of Chi cago and Ed. Hull of Peoria have joined hands and hearts in every Legisla ture at Springfield. Having R. D. Clark as his partner. Mr. Hull has been legislative field manager for the wets. Clark, the big distiller, has.furnished most of the brains and the money 'to boost the liquor interests. They could get no better man for them in Congress. He does not of course advertise himself as a wet. He is too smart to say openly lie is wet. But here is his record. Ed. Hull's Business First, lie was gauger in the Clark distillery. Later he became a sales manager and a stockholder; thgn the political leader of the wets at Springfield, accumulating considerable wealth known to reach moni than a million. He comes out to defeat a man who has voted dry in Congress. In his platform he asks that you send him, a business man. to Congress. What is his busi ness? How has hoOnade his money? He could no more run dry than could Anton Cermak. He may cyen. talk dry in some sections of the district but the wets know he is safe for them. He is talking good roads. Peoria county will need wider roads to make the highway safe if the saloons and liquor traffic return. He is in no sense dry. The dinner parly given at the Crcve - port Club at Peoria at which his candidacy was launched proves this. Ireland is Hull’s Opponent Clifford Ireland is Ed. Hull’s opponent. He served in Congress during - ——-: -------: THESE MAPS SHOW THE BOUNDARIES OF CHICAGO SENATORIAL DISTRICT. EACH DISTRICT IS NUM BERED. FIND YOUR DISTRICT ON THESE MAPS AND THEN SEE PAGE ONE FOR THE NAME OF THE LEGIS LATIVE CANDIDATE FOR WHOM YOU SHOULD VOTE AT THE PRIMARIES ON APRIL 11. 0 ' * • I I I ] the years that the liquor traffic was outlawed. He has voted consistently for] : the Eighteenth Amendment and the legislation to enforce it. In an address] given at a banquet in his honor by three hundred of his friends in the Jeffer son Hotel at Peoria recently, Mr. Ireland spoke out squarely on the whisky issue. He said: Ireland’s Stand On Enforcement "I have no apology for my record. There it is—six years of it. including my votes for Prohibition and the Volstead act. 1 would not change my record. If I am nominated and re-elected I will • represent the sentiment of my constituents as I believe it to exist.” His political enemies are trying hard to misrepresent Ireland. They arc saying he is wet. They arc willing to say anything, or do anything to win. Hull told a minister recently in Peoria county that the preachers of Peoria were strong for him. This minister got into communication with the Peoria Ministerial Association and got the answer that they were all for Ireland. Don’t be surprised at anything from that wet crowd. The things they have put over at Springfield during the last twenty years would indicate they will try to misrepresent. We are certain that Ireland’s record represents what -his record in the future will be. Shall Liquor Came Back Again? The issue is clearly drawn. Shall the liquor traffic come back to curse, trouble and blight our country? If you want it back vote for Hull, but if you believe that the Eighteenth Amendment should stand and be enforced, the issue is clear. Vote and work Tuesday, April 11, for SI Clifford Irelahd, candidate fQr r«-tltction to Congress. I * Statements by Earl B. Searcy-and the Fads By F. Scott McBride Chicago, April 3, 1022. 1 arl B. Searcy has replied to my statement of last week in an article ill the Illinois State Journal of April 1. He dors not seem to enjoy the poetry. The reason for. that is that it contains "more truth than poetry." 1 share the surprise with him that I find no more truth in hi> articles than I do, and I am more surprised that after a week's time for reflection he comes out and .'gain slates that he stands by what he said concerning our interview- in my room at the Lclaml Hotel. C'nc thing in his article is true. It is that the date of uur interview was March 3. The date proves, however, that his state ment concerning what happened is false. All we ask of anyone is to note what Searcy has said and get the facts in these cases. Without any personal feeling in the matter, as this is a fight for a principle and not between caudi* dates, we arc placing these ill parallel columns. Searcy says— 1. “lie has never said one word of criticism against the A n t i - Saloon League but against McBride only.” On March 27 Searcy said— 2. “Three weeks ago last Friday (March .?) in his room in the Leland Motel, F. Scott McBride asked me to change my mind about the senatorial race and continue in the House. Me said, if I could sec my way clear to do that the Anti-Saloon League would gladly give me its en dorsement and aid.” Searcy says— 3. That lie never disclaimed affiliation with the Dick Sul livan organization in his first campaign, • Searcy says— 4. That he is opposed to the Prohibition Commissioner Bill—that it was Governor Small’s bill and that it would cost the state a lqt of money. Ji ■ A: t ' 'Xi. :L " i !<• ' k-c.. -i - t ■! Searcy says— S. In his first answer: "I have stated that McBride ap parently is in on the Lun deen-Thonipson plan to at tack the next state Legisla ture for Governor Small’s personal purposes. The things tht|t incline me to that belief is the fact that of McBride’s endorsement for the Senate to date approximately two thirds of them have pro Thompson records.” Searcy says— | 6. “McBride had endorsed j Senator Wheeler exclusively ten days before I saw him here in Springfield. For proof of this early en dorsement, however, I will in vite anyone who happens to have a file of the American Issue to look the matter up.” (And he metions the Issue of the middle of February.) The facts are— 1. '1'hat hi Searcy’s printed letter in the Illi nois State Journal under date of July 9, the Anti-Saloon League is criticized severely by him. The name of McBride is not once men tioned. These printed pages condemn him. The facts are— 2. MARCH 3 WAS TIIF. NEXT DAY AFTER THE LAST DAY FOR FILING, the last day for tilingdicing March 2. No candidate could change from the Senate to the House the next day after the last day for filing unless he had filed a petition also in the House, which Mr. Scarry knows he. had not done. Mr. Searcy, and no one else, thinks for a moment that the Superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League did not know that the sec ond of March was the last day for filing. The memories of an all night automobile trip in southern Illinois to get to Springfield for the last day for filing kept us in memory of it. Searcy, even after reflection, reiterates this statement proved to he false by the calendar. No witness but the calendar is needed to show the falsehood of this statement. Lincoln's al manac won his case when the star witness said lie saw Lincoln’s client running in the moon light when the almanac showed the dale via* in the dark of the moon. The facts arc— 3. That in my room in the Leland Hotel pre ceding that campaign he volunteered the state ment that he was not with the Dick Sullivan crqvvd. He told me that they had offered him support but that lie would not tic up with that bunch. I reported this statement to our com mittee. But grant wc are wrong in this—I* he their man now? He boasts of it now. The facts arc— 4. That this bjll was part of the Anti-Saloon program in the legislative session of 1919 when Hon. Frank O. Lowden was governor of the state and lacked only three votes of passing. But while it was not a part of the Anti-Saloon League program two years ago and was not voted on in the House two years ago, it is now a part of the Anti-Saloon League program. Ffon. James A. White, Supt. of the Anti Saloon League of Ohio, says concerning it* working in Ohio, ‘‘That in addition to paying its entire expenses in fines collected, IJbOO.OOO has been netted to the state this year.” Why not let the bootlegger pay the cost of enforc ing the prohibition law? It saves taxes. Mr. White says further. “It is successful in enforc ing the la^ in cities vyjicre the county and city officials will not enforce the law.” This bill would clean up Springfield. Dick Sullivan is against it. Why? Searcy is a Dick Sullivan candidate. The revenue of the Dick Sullivan faction will stop when Springfield liquor and vice dens are closed. Why is Searcy lighting the Commissioner Bill? The reason is plain. The facts are— 5. That in Cook county the Anti-Saloon League has endorsed nine men for the state Senate, two of the nine belong to the Thomp son organization. The other seven belong to other factions. In all the state of Illinois the Anti-Saloon League has endorsed eighteen candidates for the state Senate, six of them are candidates receiving support from the so-called state administration. Twelve of them, or two to one, arc members of organizations opposing the state administration. F'igures will not lie. The Anti-Saloon League is noil-factional and endorses on record, service and position with out regard to faction or party. There has been a factional fight at Springfield every legis lative session. Our support has come from all factions. The facts are— 6. That our endorsements were made on March 11 in an all-day meeting of the entire Headquarters Committee. This is a matter of record. The Wheeler write-up on February 15 did not carry with it either an exclusive or individual endorsement. I have it before me. It tells his good record in the state Senate. Our secret service men have investigated Springfield. I have before me their affidavits. They show that in three days’ time they bought whisky, moonshine or white nuilc in thirFy places. Further investigation would doubt less have discovered more. The officers have been asked to clean up the city. They have refused to do their duty. Why? When these places are closed ] the revenue of the faction controlling these officials stop.-. Searcy is the candidate of this faction. He does not deny this. Wheeler i has had the enmity of this crowd because he cleaned up Springfield when sheriff and has worked for the dry cause ever since. He is a real dry. HULL AND THE PREACHERS | I " Mr. Hull is reported to have said i at Buda, or somewhere in that neigh borhood, that the Ministerial Associa tion of Peoria was for him, so one of that class wrote to Peoria and re ceived the following reply. Not only pastors but members of the churches throughout the district should take note of w hat the Peoria gentleman has to say below: Peoria, 111., March 23, 1922. Rev. W. M. Britt, Buda, Illinois. Dear Brother Britt: I have your letter of the 22nd before me. I w'as very much surprised to learn that W. E. Hull is claiming v \ the support of the Peoria Minis terial Association in his race for Congress. Me does not have such endorsement and 1 do not know of a single member of the Associa tion who is supporting him indi vidually. Very truly. Cecil Carpenter, Pres. Peoria Ministerial Ass’n. —Buda Plain Dealer. t The sale of a pint of whisky for three dollars and a half to a Prohibi tion agent over a Philadelphia bar led to the discovery of $75,000 worth of whisky and rare wines when Prohibi tion agents raided the saloon on * March 11.