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Illinois Edition THE ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS 1200 Security Building. Chicago. PUBLICATION OFFICE, WESTERVILLE. OHIO Issued bi-weekly except during the month of August. ERNEST H. CHERR1NGTON. Editor O. G. CHR1STGAU, Illinois Editor Illinois Office, 1200 Security Building, Chicago. PRIC F. $1.00 PFR A EAR Make subscriptions payable to the Anti-Saloon League oi Illinois, 3200 Security Bldg., Chicago, Illinois. Entered as second class matter at the uostoftice at Westerville, Ohio, under tiie Act ot March 2. 1879. ! Notice to Postmasters Ml I firm notices for change of address or discontinuance and all j tmdrlivrrahlc papers pertaining t.i tlir Illinois Edition of The American Issue should be j addressed to the Illinois Editor, 1200 Security Building, ( hicago. Illinois. ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS Headquarters. 1200 Security Building. Chicago. STATE OFFICERS President, \\ \V. Bennett, Rockford; Vice President. Will *L Otwell, Carlinville; John B. Lennon. % Bloomington ; Alfred I. Capps, Jacksonville; Civ is j Galeener, Carrollton; Secretary, John R. Golden, Decatur; Trcasuicr, Thomas J. Bolgei, Chicago. * HEADQUARTERS COMMIT! I I Charles V Coleman. Chairman. Chicago: M E. Raynton, Secretary. Chicago; John R. Golden, Decatur. John Kudin. Chicago; John H. Ilauberg. Rock Island; A. J. Scrogin. I criiigton ; George II. Wilson, Quincy; Bishop I rhoinas Nicholfon Chicago; Thos. J Bolgei, Chicago. W. W. Bennett. STATE SUPERINTENDENT F. Scott McBride, (hicago. ASSISTANT TO THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT Alice Odell. DEPARTMENT SUPERINTENDENTS -(Headquarter*, (hicago)—Chicago Law En loreement, E. J Davis. Legal and Law Enfon' im nt. Jos 11. Collin; Literature and Pub- j Inity, O. (». Christgau; Woman's Department, Mrs. G. M. Marie*; AniM, Miss Margaret j Wintringer. DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS—North Side (hicago, < E Peteisou; South Side' (hicago, .1 A. Little; Northwest Side Chicago, \. II Post Southwest Side Chicago, J. W. Langley; Northern, Ge«>. Mctiinnis, Chicago. Northeastern. II II. Rood, Chicago; Eastern, N K. Johnson, Springfield; Western. G. W. James, Galesburg; Central, Geo. II Yule, >pnngheld; Southern, Leo Howard, hast St. l.ouis; E. E. McLaughlin, Assistant, Last St. Louis. FIELD SE< RETARY—Elmer L. Williams, ( hicago. BUSINESS MANAGER B. W. Ew ng. Chicago. FIELD ATTORNEY — las. H. Danskin. FIELD WORKER C. K. Dowdell. SCANDINAVIAN WORK C. J. Andreen. ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE OF AMERICA NATIONAL OFFICERS- President, Bishop Thomas B Nicholson, D.D., I.L.D., 28 East Washington St., ( hicago; General Superintendent, P. A llaket. D.D., Westerville, Ohio, Associate General Superintendent, E. J. Moore, Westerville, Ohio: Treasurer, Foster Copeland, Columbus, Ohio. NATIONAL CONVENTION OF ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE The National Convention of the Anti-Saloon League of America will be held in Birmingham; Alabama, December 17-20 according to announcement by Dr. I’. A. Baker, general superintendent of the organization. Dr. Baker announced also that there would bp a confer ence of state superintendents, field workers and others asso ciated with the League in Birmingham starting December 13 and continuing until the Convention proper opens. Pulpits in Birmingham and other southern cities’ churches will be occupied by Anti-Saloon League speakers, Sunday, Deccmbei 10. Congratulations to Lady Astor Lady Astor's victory in the House of Commons in the passage] of the bill prohibiting the sale of liquor to minors under eighteen i years of age, is undoubtedly a step toward the elimination of the whole liquor traffic in Great Britain. It marks an epoch in tem perance reform in England. It is a small beginning but it is a beginning, and just as in this country precinct and village local option successes led to the writing of the national prohibition law into the Constitution, who knows but that this restrictioit of sale of liquor to youth will not lead to still further restrictions until the whole traffic is outlawed! The drvs of the United States extend heartiest congratulations to Lady Astor and feel justifiable pride in the fact I hat she is American-born. Superintendent Anderson The second attempt to indict Superintendent William TI. An derson oi the Anti-Saloon League of Xew York is now under way. The explanation by the district attorney's office for this renewed effort is that new evidence has been discovered, upon which the district attorney expects to indict Mr. Anderson on the charges of forgery and grand larceny. As in the first investigation by tlie grand jury, this case is really being tried in the wet newspapers of Xew York City. Prop aganda is being issued from the district attorney's office. The Xew i York f it\ newspapers almost without exception are refusing to I print any testimony produced before the jury that is favorable to Mr. Anderson. They have even grossly misstated facts adduced before the jury. The district attorney is depending largely upon the testimony of three star witnesses, all of whom are discharged em ployees of the Anti-Saloon League of Xew York and at least one of whom is known to have testified falsely under oath in a case some years ago in order to cover some shady transactions with which lie was connected. American Issue urges its readers to bear in mind this outstand ing fact, that no complaint of misappropriation uf funds or misuse of contributions to the League lias been made by any League con tributor. On the other hand, the state board of directors including all the officers of the Anti-Saloon League of Xew York, and the churches of the state through their governing boards, and thou sands of individual League supporters, have expressed utmost con fidence in Mr. Anderson’s administration and complete satisfaction with the manner in which the contributions have been dispersed. The charges emanate entirely from the wet camp. Mr. Anderson declares that this second effort to indict him is prompted by political aspirations on the part of the district attor ney who is playing to the wet galleries. No fair-minded man or woman will condemn Mr. Anderson until he has had opportunity to present his defense in an unpreju diced court. Elsewhere in this paper will be found a, statement from the President of the Anti-Saloon League of Xew York relative to this case which should be read by all friends of prohibition law enforcement. New York Repealer Accomplishing Its Purpose The record of arrests by New York City policemen for viola tions of the Volstead act shows that there has been a drop of more than 80 per cent in such arrests since Governor Smith signed the bill repealing ^he state law enforcement act. There is no occasion for surprise in these figures. Despite Governor Smith's wordy and apologetic explanation of why he signed the dry repealer to the contrary, the repeal act is bringing about the result it was intended to bring about. It is making it vastly easier for the criminal bootleggers to ply their trade. I liese bootleggers no longer have anything to fear from ste‘.« peace officers. \jader the Mullan-Gage law New York City policemen arrested THANKS: NOT WHILE THAT EX-BIG LEAGUE PITCHER IS OUT THERE IN FRONT i r~ \ WANT A \ GOOD JOS’ //, £ <* I —Philadelphia North American. on an average, thirty bootleggers a day. The average now is thirty a week. At the time the governor signed the repeal measure he declared that there would be no let-down in the activities of the state peace officers in the prosecution of violators of the prohibition law because j that law "is still the law of the land.” The present records of police activity, however, speak louder than the governor’s words uttered at that time. He fooled nobody then and he is certainly fooling nobody now. The rest of the country fully understood at that time that New York had acted purely in the interest of the law violators. That understanding is now confirmed by the records. Police Commissioner Enright the other day issued orders which were posted in every precinct station demanding vigilant activity on the part of the police in running down bootleggers. The effect of the order was largely vitiated by the commissioner's criticism of the federal government's failure to entirely stop rum-running across the Canadian border and rtpn-carrying into the New York port. It is doubtful if the comprehending policemen will take the commis sioner's order seriously, read in connection with this criticism of the federal government. In the meantime it is interesting to note that the wets' prophecy that other states would follow New York’s example has failed ut terly. The predicted resentment against the prohibition law in state legislatures has not materialized. N’ew York stands in a class by itself and it is not an enviable position. Individual Responsibility Senator Seldcn P. Spencer of Missouri in an address at Pitts-j burgh a few days ago said: The greatest danger which confronts the United States is that in the growth of population and wealth and manifold activities the American people should fail to feel their individual sense of obliga tion and leave to a comparative few the task of dealing with govern mental problems both at home and abroad. I The editor of the Pennsylvania edition of The American Issue uses the above quotation as a text for an admonition to good people not to neglect their duty at the polls. He says that the records show that only 4.1 per cent of the clergymen of Pittsburgh, of whom there are 264, including all creeds and faiths, qualified for partici pation in the primary and the election last year where there was to lie elected a Governor, a Legislature, a’ national House of Repre sentatives and two United States Senators. Bad as this showing is, the preachers did better than the laymen, of whom in the Pittsburgh district only .12 per cent qualified to vote. It is probably true that Pittsburgh is no worse than the aver age large city in the matter complained of. Senator Spencer’s warning is timely. It has peculiar signifi cance to the prohibition law enforcement cause. The future success of the prohibition movement depends in large measure on the character afid ability of public officials upon whom is placed the responsibility of enforcing the law and in the enacting of legislation pertaining to the prohibition policy. Cer tainly every loyal American citizen who is entitled to vote ought to feel a sense of obligation that conies with this great privilege and vote intelligently." Every voter who is interested in the success of the prohibition policy ought to make sure that the candidate for whom he votes stands four-square for the upholding of the Constitution. Those candidates who arc bad and those who are indifferent will be en thusiastically supported by the underworld and the underworld in variably gets out its full vote. Revealing the True Thought of the Brewers When federal prohibition agents on the request of the Bern heimer and Schwartz Pilsener Company of New York last week poured 4,000 barrels of twelve-year-old ale and 83b gallons of beer into the sewer, there was revealed to the public a truer conception of the brewers’ mind relative to the outcome of the fight on the pro hibition law than it is able to obtain from the mouthings of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment. The brewery had kept in storage this liquor front the time the prohibition amendment went into effect in the vain hope that the law would be repealed or amended in such a way as to permit its sale. After three years of waiting and fighting on the part of friends of beer, the officers of this extensive brewery have abandoned all hope. The spilling of the beer into the gutters was preceded by the sale of the company’s plant to a refrigerating company. The realty deal involved 64 city lots and more than 20 buildings. These New York brewers are w ise. I here is no majority sen timent in favor of re-opening the breweries, which means the in evitable return of the saloon. A Lesson From Manitoba The defeat of the hotel men’s beer and wine referendum in Manitoba may be interpreted to mean that the voters of that prov ince arc not yet willing to turn the province over wholly to the liquor interests. By an overwhelming majority in a previous referendum they overturned the prohibition policy in favor of government control. Seven years ago by a much larger majority the province adopted the prohibition policy but not for one moment did the liquor inter ests cease their activities toward restoring the traffic. They carried on a persistent campaign similar to the campaign that is now being waged in the United States by the wets in which they emphasized the t’tfct that the prohibition law was nut being enforced one hundred per cent. The wet victory in Manitoba sounds a warning to' the drys of the United States. The wets’ campaign in Manitoba was nut matched, by the drys. They failed to keep before the people the fact that prohibition even though not perfectly enforced had brought, to the province increased prosperity, increased health and happiness, and a marked decrease in crime. T he result was that these benefits of prohibition were lost sight Of in Ihc wets’ publicity campaign which emphasized law violations. The drys must not make this mistake in the United States. It must ever be remembered that the license laws in this country were not obeyed by the liquor interests any more faithfully than are the prohibition laws now being obeyed by these same interests. In truth, the license laws were not enforced anywhere so effectively as are the prohibition laws today. And above all, the increased bank savings, the unprecedented increase in building and loan associations’ accounts, the high wages with a job for every man, the decreased populations of the peniten tiaries. must ever be borne in mind. Progress is being made in the enforcement of the law . The wet lines art wavering and nothing can defeat the dry forces in this country except the lethargy of the drvs themselves. Clean Sidewalks In the days of the all-night-open saloons the employment ofr * the writer led him to take early morning trips through a section of his home city infested with saloons. The sidewalks bore disgusting evidences of all-night drinking carousals. The stomachs of the rev ellers demanded relief. The same early morning trips over the same streets now tell a different story. The saloons are gone and the sidewalks are clean 1 These filthy streets were an integral part of saloon operation. And yet that is precisely the condition that the beer and wine interests are trying to re-establish. Over-Cooking the Goose Liquor interests both American and foreign, have been indus triously circulating throughout the world, especially in Europe, shamelessly false scare-crow stories about American prohibition. These stories lead the foreign peoples to conclude that either the American peuplc were crazy to continue such a system, or that the stories were untrue. In order, therefore, to ascertain the facts, deputations of reliably citizens were sent to America to make first-hand investigations of the effectiveness and benefits of prohibition. Most of these com mittees have already reported. The liquor men asserted prohibition had largely increased crime and discontent among the American people. It was alleged that the attendance upon church had fallen off to an alarming extent, that taxes had been enormously increased, and that the American gov ernment was facing bankruptcy from loss of the liquor revenue, etc., etc. ' ' The reports of these committees showed conclusively the great outstanding benefits of prohibition. They may all be summed up in the words of an English author-investigator, Hugh Walpole. “Amer ica did well in prohibiting liquor”; or in the words of another Brit ish investigator, Thomas Walker, M. P., “Drunkards arc scare in America.” The results of these investigations are two-fold—first, they showed the utter unreliability of the “reports” of conditions in Amer ica. and secondly, they scattered widely over foreign lands the re ports of great blessings prohibition had brought to the American, people. I Registering Detroit’s Rum Boats It begins to look like the federal government means business in dealing with the rum-runners who have been plying their trade along Detroit’s river front. The Treasury Department has. taken a hand and last week applied the customs laws to the offending boat owners. More than 200 motorboats were seized and sealed on a charge of violating the navigation regulations. Henceforth all power boats must be registered, thus enabling the prohibition agents, to keep closer watch on these boats. James R. Davis, federal prohibition director for Michigan, is' optimistic for the outcome of this new move and expresses the belief!, that this will effectively cripple the rum-running boats’ activities. WHERE? / <* Is the man who said: That if the laboring man could not get his beer he would refuse to work; That no big city could be run without saloon license money; « That if you closed the breweries three million workmen would glut the labor market: That the United States government would go bankrupt unless it got one-third its revenue from liquor traffic; That the streets would be lined with empty buildings if the dram shops were closed; That if you stopped the sale of strong drink every kitchen would become a brewery; That Uncle Sam was not big enough to stop the manufacture of whisky because there was so much money invested in it; That any president who would dare to enforce the prohibition law would commit political suicide; That we would always have saloons because we had always had them; That prohibition was a fanatical dream of long-haired men and short-haired women; . .. That foreigners would cease to come to our shores if they could not get their liquor. * WHERE? .. .. Why, he is over in the barber shop telling them that there is just ^ 1 as much liquor drunk now as there ever was.—L. R.- H.