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‘ CUDGELS IN ROM’S DEFENSE Governor Shows Himself Adepi In Use of Saloon Arguments; Talks Like Wet DARK PICTURE PAINTED Oklahoman Convicts Himself oi Non-feasance as Chief Executive J ' ■ » Oklahoma, a state that came into the Union dry, has a misfit governor so far as Prohibition is concerned ii he is correctely quoted in the press. The Daily Oklahoman of April 26 quotes Governor Robertson in an ad dress before the Rotary Club in the Huckins Hotel, Oklahoma City. The governor is credited with saying: • I think any man whether he is ' in public, the pulpit or in private life, is a coward who refuses to express himself on the facts re garding a law that he sees mak ing criminals of thousands of good men who are decent citizens in every respect save one. Nearly every home in Oklahoma has its own hooch or corn or whatever you want to call it. You can get corn whisky in every county in Oklahoma. You can step right out of the Huckins and get it. You can’t go to a picnic or a get-together in the country without some fellow hav ing a load of it on the hip. You don’t need to tell me that every one of the seventy-seven sheriffs in Oklahoma is a crook. 1 know better. Most of the sher iffs and most of the county attor neys are trying to enforce the law but they make it faster than the peaceofficers can break it. There is a horde of revenue men in Oklahoma fighting the bootleg gers but they don’t seem to be A getting anywhere. * The jails of the counties of the state are filled with men thrown in for offending against the liquor laws and those jails that arc not full ought to be. My mail is clut tered daily with the appeals for release from jail of men with fam ilies who want to get out to go home and put in a crop. The penitentiary at McAlester has more than 1,700 men in it. The reformatory at Granite has more than 700 boys locked up—a lot of the individuals locked up in both places are there on account of violating the liquor laws. Congress slipped up on our blind side during the war and put this Prohibition legislation over. What is this Oklahoma governor attempting to do—dislodge the gov ernor of New Jersey from first place in the hearts of the brewers? It is impossible to please these disgruntled booze advocates and Oklahoma’s gov ernor furnishes evidence of this fact. In one breath he complains about lax enforcement of the dry law and in the ; next he yelps because the jails and penitentiaries are filled to overflowing with booze criminals. He reveals a familiarity with boot leggers which brand him either as in- ■ ^foipetent or guilty of malfeasance inj office. If he is so cocksure that he: could Walk from the Huckins Hotel j and buy booze it is up to him as chief ■^executive of the state to apprehend the criminals that are operating near the Huckins. He says the federal officers are un able to cope with the situation. It is unnecessary to add that they are get ting no co-operation from the chief executive. Not the least of his offenses is his libel upon the people of his great state in his declaration that nearly every home in Oklahoma has its own hooch. No one, whether wet or dry, will believe this. The fact is, the governor’s utter ances sound like the effervescing of a stale barrel of beer. But he has suc ceeded in doing one thing, if he is cor rectly quoted, and that is convincing everyone that he is not going to molest in the slightest degree the operations of the criminals who are attempting to overthrow the Constitution which he as governor swore to support. In his opinion, if he is correctly quoted in She Oklahoman, it is the law that is 4 the offender and not the law breaker. STRAIGHT FIGHT IN N. J. ON WET-AND-DRY ISSUE Governor Edwards will have no op position at the primaries for the nom ination for United States Senator. At the polls in November he will contest with Senator Frclinghuyscn who is a candidate to succeed himself. New Jersey will then decide between Ed wards "wet as the Atlantic Ocean” and Freylinghuysen, a straight from the shoulder dry. The contest will be watched with interest by the country. BUCKEYE CAPITAL SAID TO BE DRIEST CITY EVER In a report to Commissioner Haynes, State Director Russell of Ohio declares that the capital city of Columbus is in his opinion the driest city of its size in the state if not in the United States. He credits this situation to co-operation of federal and_ city enforcement officers and federal and state court* | CINCINNATI DOCTOR GETS BALLED UP BY WET ZEAL In an address before Ohio doctors at Cincinnati last week Dr. Fischer of that city took a crack at Prohibition in icgulation orthodox Cincinnati style. He said: Do you know why I believe 1 rohibition laws are nonsense? It is because we are building vir tue by putting men in jail. I per sonally do not care for that kind of policy. I want men who can stand up when temptation arises. W hat about thieves, robbers and other violators of the law? Is it building up virtue to punish these criminals or is it a crime deterrent? No, the doctors at the convention who heard Dr. Fischer did not applaud him i so it could be heard around the block. -——--. | MISSISSIPPI NEW DRY LAW MAKES ’EM SQUEAL Mississippi has a new state law which makes it compulsory for any individual caught with more than a quart of whisky in his possession to serve at least not less than thirty days in jail with the privilege of suspension by the justice of the peace or circuit judge denied. This is likely to land a number of those caught in raids be hind prison bars. Attorneys who have studied the law say that the only escape of serving jail sentences is a pardon from the governor. PHIL*. MAYOR RALUES CITIZENS Urges Observance of May 28 as Law Enforcement Sabbath Throughout State — Mayor Moore of Philadelphia on May 5 issued the following announce ment: "At the suggestion of the Law En forcement League of Philadelphia the attention of all good citizens is called to the wisdom of holding exercises Sunday, May 28, to encourage law en forcement throughout the state. When the law is once written and truly en acted there is no other course for offi cials but to enforce it. Much of the difficulty relating to enforcement arises from the inability to secure evi dence that the law is actually violated. A better understanding might be had if the suggestions of the Law Enforce ment League were carried out and exercises were held in the churches Sunday, May 28, when the law might be interpreted and explained and the principles involved made clear.” The Law Enforcement League also suggests that Governor Sproul issue a | proclamation setting aside Sunday, May 28, as law enforcement Sunday. PATERSON, N. J., “HOTELS” RAIDED; MUCH GROG TAKEN Twenty federal Prohibition agents, headed by Chief S. H. Cone and guided by Agent Henry' Highman (who is also a city alderman), descended upon the city of Paterson, N. J„ May 1 and, armed with search warrants, raided a lot of bootlegging hotels and sa loons; then returned to Newark with a truck load of booze valued at about $50,000. The search warrants were based on affidavits of investigators employed by the Paterson Federation of Churches in collaboration with the law enforcement department of the Anti-Saloon League of New Jersey. BOOZERS GIVEN ETHER BY NEW JERSEY PIGGERS Federal Prohibition agents on May S raided two Jersey City saloons that have been boldly operating within the shadow of the fourth police precinct station. One of the places raided known as the Clement saloon, has been a favorite resort for well-dressed drinking parties in an overhead room and many pseudo-respectable people with elastic patriotism patronized the bar under the impression that a fellow lodge brother wouldn’t sell them bad booze. How faithful he was to broth erhood vows may be judged from the stuff found in his dive as inventoried below: Two gallons of ether. Ten gallons of alcohol. Twelve bottles mixed alcohol, etc. Fifteen bottles mixed alcohol in demijohns. Quantity of synthetic gin and some | alleged Scotch whisky labelled Royal Arch. It is said that the bulk of whisky was made on the premises by diluting and coloring alcohol and then giving it a dash of ether to give it a maxi mum of kick at a minimum of cost to the bootlegger. WINDY CITY GRAND JURY INDICTS DRUNKEN SLAYER It is reported the Chicago grand jury lias voted a true bill against Fritz Meinhausen, says the Chicago Trib une. charging him with the murder af Mrs. Anna Peters. Meinhausen is the man who was exonerated by the Chicago coroner's jury on a charge of murder on the ground that he was in toxicated at the time of the shooting. It was said at the time of the astound ing verdict by the coroner’s jury that the foreman explained the verdict was rendered as a protest against Prohi bition. DR. LIGHTFOOT ELECTED SUPERINTENDENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA ANTi-SALOON LEAGUE New Incumbent was Pastor of Big Baptist Church in Columbia; Resigned to Enter League Work in Which He Has Had Large Experience REV. E. M. LIGHTFOOT Superintendent Anti-Saloon League of South Carolina Rev. F.. M. Lightfoot resigned from the pastorate of the Second Baptist church of Columbia, South Carolina, April 9 and immediately took up the duties of his new work—the superin tcndency of the Anti-Saloon League of South Carolina. On behalf of the superintendents of the state Leagues ancl cn its own be half American Issue heartily wel comes Superintendent Lightfoot into the official family of the League, which undeT the leadership of the church is fighting to preserve the Prohibition law that was won at such great cost and sacrifice. In the opinion of those who know the situation in South Carolina no bet ter choice could have been made for the leadership of the dry forces in that state than is found in the selec tion of Superintendent Lightfoot. The Baptist Courier, the state or gan of South Carolina- Baptists, has the following to say about him: On Sunday, April 9, Rev. E. M. Lightfoot offered his resignation as pastor of the Second Baptist church of Columbia. He takes this step in order to accept the su perintendency of the Anti-Saloon League of South Carolina. In his new work Brother Lightfoot will have headquarters in Columbia where he has lived for the past six or seven years as pastor of the great church that he is now leav ing and as one of the Baptist war workers at Camp Jackson. His headquarters will be Room 5, Kin ard Building. We can not say that we are glad to see Brother Lightfoot leave the pastorate. But we do express sincere joy in seeing so strong a man over the Anti-Saloon League work of this state. That work is needed. We have Prohibition it is true: but the question of law enforcement and of keeping public opinion up to the proper level on law enforce ment, is the work of the Anti Saloon League for some years to come. Almost all the sentiment that fought Prohibition is still in existence, and while it no longer fights Prohibition outright it chills public ardor in law enforcement and is ceaselessly at work for some modification of those laws which make Prohibition a practi cal fact. Mr. Lightfoot is emi nently adapted for this service 'and we rejoice to see him over it. Rev. E. M. Lightfoot was born in ■ Philadelphia. His father, John Light foot, was born near Manchester, Eng land. His mother, Miss Ellen Wells, was a native of Holmesburg, Pa. He attended school in Philadelphia until his father moved to Brooklyn, j N. Y. While in the latter city, he 'joined the Tabernacle Baptist church, becoming active in all religious work. Being unable to secure a collegiate education, he spent five years under a competent linguist and teacher studying Rhetoric, Latin, Greek, Phi losophy and Homiletics. Later he spent nearly three years in academic work at Colgate University. During the summer of 1891 he went to Iowa to engage in religious work, where he was ordained to the Gospel ministry. Most of his active ministry has been in South Carolina where he has held important pastorates. The Baptist denomination has hon ored him in several ways. He has been vice-president of the South Caro line Baptist State Convention. He served on the Board of Ministerial Education until the world war, when he jntered Camp Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina, as camp pastor. Soon he entered the Y. M. C. A. war work as an executive secretary of important Y buildings. In August, 1918, he was d.ctailed as executive secretary of the South Carolina State Speakers’ Bu reau of the United War Work Cam paign. In November, 1918, he be came camp director of religious activ ities of Camp Jackson. In January, 1919, he accepted the pastorate of the Second Baptist church, Columbia, South Carolina. When the Baptist denomination re organized its state work in 1919, Mr. Lightfoot was placed on the General Board and assigned to the Missions Commission. He likewise became a member of and also seertary of the executive committee of the General Board. Mr. Lightfoot has always been ac tive in moral and civic movements. For eight years he was chaplain of the famous and greatly honored Sec ond South Carolina Regiment of In fantry, resigning in July, 1910, after which he spent a year in special grad uate studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Ky. Mr. Lightfoot married to Miss May M. Pagan. Mrs. Lightfoot was born in Frederickton. N. B., Canada, but moved to Brooklyn, N. Y., when very young. ALL WOMEN ASKED TO URGE MOVIE PRODUCERS TO TREAT 18TH AMENDMENT MORE SEARIOUSLY Club Women of Gotham Lead Of? in Such Request; Woman Dry Agent Requests Others to Follow Example; Such Cheap Wit Reflects On Movie Goers Miss Georgia Hoplcy, the first wo man general agent on the staff of Pro hibition Commissioner Haynes, wants all the women of the nation to follow the lead of the club women of New York and call upon moving picture producers to "adopt a more serious attitude 'toward the Eighteenth Amendment.” Miss Hopley issued a statement in which she said: "The concerted action of all organi sations of women following the lead af club women of New York, would prove a moving force. They would include a membership of two million in the Woman’s Christian Temper ance Union, and those enrolled in the Young Woman’s Christian Associa tion, the Epworth League, the Chris tian Endeavor, and other organiza tions. "It is generally conceded that the moving picture houses have become the most popular places of amuse ment, entertainment and pastime of the people of today and especially the young people. It naturally follows, therefore, that the film productions will prove the pre-eminent factor for good or evil in molding the future citizens of our nation. "It is difficult to understand why exhibitors and producers permit de moralizing, belittling ami misrepre senting statements to be thrown on the screen depicting infractions of the law since it is a well-known and widely acknowledged fact that the in crease of patronage of the movies stands out conspicuously as one of the notable results of Prohibition.” DRUNKEN AUTO DRIVER GETS 8-12 YEARS IN PRISON County Judge William L. Barnum of Syracuse, N. Y., in sentencing Yol ney X. Lowe to serve from eight to twelve years at Auburn prison after Lowe pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in killing a woman and a young child, gave a strong sermon on the menace to the community of a drunken man seated at the wheel of a machine speeding down the main thoroughfare of a city. The evidence showed that Lowe was intoxicated while driving the machine that caused the death of the woman and child. The judge said: "You must have a substantial sen tence to serve as a warning to others although your past record is free from convictions. It is booze that has put you where you are today.” And yet we have some otherwise respectable people in this country who arc demanding the restoration of the liquor traffic. ST. LOUIS STEEL MAN SAYS DRYNESS GREAT BLESSING Firm Employs 2,800 Men Who Are Greatly Benefited by Dry Regime FEWER ACCIDENTS OCCUR Prohibition Saves Employes’ Wages; Makes Him Kinder, Better Man Every Way The president of the Commonwealth Steel Company, St. Louis, Mr. Clar ence Howard, has gone on record to t*:e effect that Prohibition has proved a tremendous blessing to the em ployes of his company. In a state ment under date of April 17, 1922, written for circulation in Australia to refute statements credited to St. Louis etizens attacking Prohibition and now in circulation in Australia where Pro hibition is an issue, Mr. Howard says: “ I his company under normal con ditions employs about 2,800 men and as we operate a steel casting plant in an industrial center where there arc a considerable number of foreign-born, we feel that we are competent to ex press an opinion regarding Prohibition in industry. "Considering the subject solely from an Industrial standpoint we say that Prohibition is one of the greatest pos sible safety measures because a man who has taken alcohol into his system even to a slight extent is not a safe man in a shop and if he has been on a holiday or week-end carousal he is positively a dangerous man when he returns to the shop. "However, an even more important phase in industry is the human side of the situation. Prohibition saves the employee's wages for his family, makes him a kinder husband and father, a better citizen and in every way a better man. “I do not hesitate to say that anti Prohibition statements now being spread in Australia are wet propa ganda. Sensation and crime are fea tured in our press. "The liquor interests are careful to see that any violation of the Prohibi tion law is given publicity. An ac quaintance of mine who was a judge in a criminal court for about twenty years, stated to me that of all the cases that came to him fully 90 per cent of the crimes could be directly or indirectly traced to liquor. "Enforcement of Prohibition may not be a hundred per cent now'. Nev ertheless it has been from the moment of its enactment a constantly increas ing benefit to the rising and succes sive generations.” DRUG USE IN WET PARIS ATTAINS GIGANTIC GROWTH The New York Tribune in a Lon don dispatch of April 2 declares that dope is king today in Paris. The dis patch quotes Harry J. Greenwall, the Daily Express correspondent. The dispatch sets forth that there are no night cluhs in Paris in the London sense of the word. But the taking of drugs has reached such a pitch that a special blockade of detectives has been created to cope with the situation. It is not contended by anyone that the increased habit-forming drug traffic in Paris is due to Prohibition. Booze in unlimited quantities is still available. OLD BEER GARDEN, SITE OF MAGNIFICENT THEATER What was once famous all over the nothwest side, Chicago, as Excelsior Park, a beer garden where real beer was on tap by the owners, the Schoen hofen Brewing Company, and which is now vacant, is going to be the site for a $600,000 theater and business block if tentative plans are carried out, says a special writer in the Chi cago Daily Tribune of April 29. VOLSTEAD OUTLINES GOAL OF BEER PROPAGANDISTS _ Noted Dry Believes Howl for Beer Designed to Eviscerate Prohibition WET HENCHMEN ON JOB Liquor Interests Demand Return of Old High-Powered Beers and Wines Congressman Volstead last week told the national House of Represen tatives that in his opinion the agita tion for beer and wine amendment to the \ olstcad law lias for its purpose the destruction of National Prohibi tion. He called attention to the fact that more than two dozen organiza tions arc conducting campaigns for the election of Congressmen pledged to weakening the Volstead law and that therefore the question of dry law enforcement is ail outstanding issue in a number of congressional districts. In speaking of these leaders who ar« agitating for the weakening of the Volstead law, he said: "What is it that these people de mand? Is it in fact light wine and beer? Why, no! They are demand ing beer that contains four per cent alcohol and wine that contains four teen per rent. The ordinary beer sold by the saloons usually contained three and three and a half per cent. So what is asked is for the old beer. Twelve glasses of it will contain as much alcohol as a beer glass full of w hisky. “The smallest percentage of alcohol that anyone has proposed has been 2.75 per cent. To get as much alcohol from drinking this beer as from the (ordinary beer sold before Prohibition, it would only be necessary to have flic glass one-fourth larger. The question of what percentage of alcohol in beer or other liquor makes it intoxicating— there is and can be no decision on that subject. It is a well-known fact that alcoholic liquor does not affect all per sons alike. A quantity of liquor that will make one person dead-drunk may only slightly affect another and the same person may at one time become intoxicated on drinking a quantity of liquor that tinder other conditions would not affect him at all. The time is here when every man and every woman who loves his coun try should support its constitution and obey the laws enacted to enforce it. All liberty and security rest on law. License to sell beer and wine con tained in a Prohibition law makes it impossible to enforce. The only de fensible position for a member of Con gress is to sustain the law in enforce able form.” » .-:_ PARIS PUBLICATION PRAISES WINE Les Annales, Win? Booster, Rehashes Old Wet Propaganda Arguments; Has American Circulation Les Annales, a Paris publication subscribed for by many colleges and universities of the United States, in its edition of March 19 has a special sec tion (illustrated) entitled "In the Praise of Wine.” A few famous pic tures are shown alleged to be inspired by wine and numerous verses in wine's praise are quoted, such as If by it my eye is troubled, Have I not thus gaily doubled The number of my friends? The leading article entitled “Wet and Dry,” is written by Marcel Pro vost of the French Academy. There is nothing new advanced in the de fense of wine in the article. Frequent reference is made to Prohibition in the United States and the fact that Les Annales is circulated among our col leges and universities adds to the sus picion which is growing, that the French wine interests are assisting their brethren in this country in their campaign to restore the wine traffic in the United States. The writer of the article refers to the boore parties of the moving picture colony of Holly wood as evidence that Prohibition is not enforced. It is an Unfortunate reference. Wine was the favorite drink at these movie,colony parties. MAJOR HAYNES REVOKES 600 DRUGGISTS’ PERMITS Prohibition Commissioner Haynes has launched a drive aimed at physi cians’ prescriptions and stock held by druggists. This campaign is under way notably in Chicago and Jersey City. In Chicago the permits of 600 druggists already have been revoked, and a large number of physicians have been denied prescription blanks. The campaign is based on alleged over prescribing of liquor by physicians for fancied ailments and over-supply by druggists. BRITISH “TRADE” OPPOSES LADY ASTOR’S RE-ELECTfON Harper’s Wine and Spirit Gazette, London, England, of April 8, editor ially urges the defeat of Lady Astor for re-election to the House of Parlia ment. Lady Astor has been an out spoken opponent of the liquor traffic during hqr whole career as a member of Parliament