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trail. Council Fight Threatened Action by the city council to strip the mayor of his power to revoke city licenses has been threatened. It is rumored that couciltnen who in the past have raised campaign funds through promising protection to sa loonkeepers, are worried by the action of the mayor in revoking licenses. Mayor Dever has expressed no fear that the council will block his enforce ment efforts by repealing the ordinance under which licenses are granted and may be revoked. "No alderman with consideration for public opinion would dare flaunt the red flag of murderous beer running and poison liquor manu facture in the face of the great major ity of Chicago’s decent citizenship," the mayor is quoted. “There will be no rebellion on this matter in our \ council." Other Agencies Active States Attorney Crowe has agreed 1 , to assign a special assistant to help prosecute liquor law breakers arrested by the police. Apparently not much progress has been made along this line. The chief activities of the states attor ney office in connection with the anti liquor drive have been spent in an effort to capture and convict the mur- j derers of the beer runners whose l spectacular deaths drew public and of ficial attention to liquor lawlessness in Chicago. Federal prohibition agents in the Chicago district arc making a special effort to prevent liquor from reaching the city by patroling the highways. The health department under the direction of Health Com missioner Bundensen is taking a hand in the law enforcement fight. Warn ings have been sent out that eighty I per cent of the booze samples tested by the health department have been j found to obtain deadly poisons. Finish Fight, Dever Says "We are winning every round, and we are going to win this fight,” was | the declaration of Mayor Dever a j week after the intensive enforcement : drive had been launched. “I believe public officials should not start any- ! thing they cannot finish, and you can bet your life I am going to finish this thing.” In another statement the mayor is quoted as saying, “I am not ! a prohibitionist, but I am for enforce- 1 ment of the laws as they appear on the books.” Chief of Police Collins | has also reiterated his determination i to keep up the fight. “I am going to , continue the drive against saloons un- j til every booze selling joint in Chicago i is wiped out of business,” he declared. Hundreds of letters have been re ceived by the chief giving complaints ! of liquor law violations. Most of the letters were written by women. The chief has promised that every com plaint will be investigated. Ilf - ' 1 » f, V . . . ■ ---- ENFORCEMENT DRIVE ORIALS FROM CHICAGO NEWSPAPERS I (Concluded from Page 1) their licensed customers that the city i authorities were not in earnest. The : dismay caused by the revocation of | scores of saloon and other licenses merely emphasizes the effectiveness of that simple measure of law enforce- j ment. — (From the Chicago Daily New’s, Sept. 19) It is, of course, clear that the mayor] and the forces of good citizenship for | which he stands must win, because the very insolence, the contemptuous in difference of the men who flood the city with beer under the noses of the police cannot be tolerated much longer by the law-abiding people of Chicago. This city possesses a small army of police. It is preposterous that they should be so nearly helpless in their efforts to combat a great illicit busi ness which is conducted so boldly that its armed bravoes go about the city prepared for murder and committing murder in the interests of trade. REVOKING LAWBREAKERS’ LICENSES (From the Chicago Daily News, Sept. 24) Mayor Dever has revoked the li censes of a good many saloonkeepers who, despite numerous warnings, per sistently violated the prohibition laws ■ of state and nation. He is said to^be considering the propriety of adopting once for all the policy of revoking the license of any place—whether saloon of the pre-Volstead type or soft-drink “parlor”—in which the police or fed-, eral agents find alcoholic beverages kept in wilful violation of the law. Why should not such a policy b< ; adopted and applied? Respect for law should be the basic rule of conduct re quired of every keeper of a plr.ee of public entertainment. The mayor can hardly fail to reachj the conclusion that the proprietor of any public resort who contumaciously! breaks any established law is not fit to ] enjoy the privileges accorded by a li cense to invite public patronage. Such a man knows his guilt and is, more over, prepared to corrupt the guar-! dians of law and order whose protec tion he finds indispensable. He is a double menace to the community. To permit him to enjoy special privileges through a license in such circum stances is to condone his offenses and encourage others to follow his ex ample. j (From the Chicago Daily News, Sept. 18) The people of Chicago should get behind the Dover administration and give it the moral as well as the legal ■ power to grind to powder the vast j conspiracy of graft and lawlessness i that has its grip on the throat of the community. OVERLOADING THE LAW (From the Chicago Journal. Sept. 19) There is a sharp limit on the amount of time, attention and money that can be spent in regulating and suppressing ! human activities. If the government is busy trying to keep John Doe from getting a drink of beer, it can not do much to keep Richard Roe from com mitting burglary. Murder is murder; the man who kills while booze-running should get the same penalty as the man who kills j in a holdup. But when the gunmen are caught and their gang broken, everyone who wants protection for life and property should join in an ef fort to modify the Volstead act so that it will no longer put a premium on lawlessness. • From the Chicago Tribune— NOTHING. SUPERINTENDENT OF THE NORTHWEST CHICAGO DISTRICT Warren g. jones Warren G. Jones recently joined the field force of the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois as superintendent of the' Northwest Side Chicago district. Mr, Jones is a graduate bf the University of Wisconsin and the Chicago Theo logical Seminary. He was pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church at Madison, Wisconsin, when called into the work of the Wisconsin Anti-Sa loon l.eaguc three years ago. He serv ed the Wisconsin League in the capac ity of Educational Manager and Dis trict Superintendent. Mr. Jones or-! ganized and managed the Peoria fight against the election of Congressman Hull last fall. LEAGUE ATTORNEY TELLS ADAMS COUNTY BOARD HOW TO CO-OPERATE — Gives Experience in Counties Where Plan Was Tried How county boards can insure bet- ] ter enforcement of prohibition was ex-; plained by James H. Danskin, Anti- ' Saloon League field attorney, at a recent meeting of the Adams county I boards of supervisors. The Quincy Whig Journal gives the following ac count of Mr. Danskin’s appearance be fore the board. His object was to secure a larger ippropriation for the state's attorney’s afficc, so that investigations and pros ecutions of liquor cases could be made more successfully. He cited numerous' instances where this had been done successfully in many counties of this state, at a profit to the county. Explains Plan Attorney Danskin said he had heard the budget read, and all that was necessary would be to make a change in the reading of it where the salary of the state’s attorney is fixed. If the words, “and expenses of the office” were added in here the amount would not have to be changed. He assured the members that the county would be money ahead. In support of this he mentioned a number of counties where this had been done with good results. Lake county, he said, had voted the state's attorney $25,000 for expenses in fighting liquor cases, with the result that $70,000 has been collected in fines; Bureau county appropriated $3,100 and collected $31,000; McLean county at the last session appropriated $6,000 and collected $30,000 for the first six months. There were many others, but these were a few samples of what the extra appropriation had done. No action was taken. GOVERNORS TO SPEAK AT BIRMINGHAM , One of the feature* of the national ■ Alabama will be filled by Anti-Saloon ronvrntion of the Anti-Saloon League' speaker* or Sunday, Dccem >t Birmingham, Ala., December 17-ZO. ber I6’ whifh ,day wl'11 be tho Riding . , _ . _ . , , line between the conference of League will be the Uovernor* Day at which « , worker* and the convention proper. rery many of the governors of the A11 the nationaI officer* and state dates arc expected to be present and League superintendents and many of >peak, especially the governors of the the field workers arc expected to at southern states. tend the workers conference, which In this connection it is worthy of will take up a number of questions note that Governor Morgan of which are of great importance at this Alabama will welcome the delegates, time in the temperance reform move Governor Neff of Texas also will be' inent in the United States and abroad, ane of the convention speakers. 1 Strong emphasis will be placed not The convention program will con-' only on law enforcement in America lain the names of a number of United j but also upon the part of the Anti States Senators and Congressmen and Saloon Leaugc in world prohibition, also of men widely known in the The question of the coming elections educational field, according to officials will not be ignored, of the League who recently held a Already officials of the Anti-Saloon meeting at Birmingham to shape up League say churches and other organ rrraugements for the program. izations in the United States have be These speakers and others will be gun to name their delegates. The in addition to William Jennings : importance of the subjects to be dis Bryan, C. B. Griffith, Attorney Gen-: cussed, the character of the program era] of Kansas, Mrs. Mary Harris and the fact that there will be reduc ,Armour of Georgia and Mrs. Florence tion in fares on the railroads, will all D. Richard of Ohio, whose names tend to make this a largely attended have already been reported as speak- convention. The Chamber of Com ers. mercc of Birmingham is doing sjll in It is announced that 100 churches its power to make the convention in Birmingham and elsewhere in comfortable. FEDERAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF CHRIST PLANS DRY LAW ENFORCEMENT CONFERENCE Meets in Washington Simultaneous With Governors’ Conference Called by the President; Design of Conference is to Rekindle Waning Zeal for Prohibition With the approval of Commissioner Haynes the Federal Council of Churches is planning a conference on prohibition enforcement to be held in Washington just prior to or simultane ous with the conference of Governors railed by President Coolidge. It is low expected that the President will rail the Governor's conference about [lie middle of October immediately fol lowing the Governor’s own conference n West Baden, Ind. The design in issuing the call, the Council of Churches says, is “to spur on those who believe in prohibition but have lost active interest.” The call was signed by 756 men and women, in rluding business men, college and uni versity heads, clergymen, members of Congress, mayors, heads of religious associations and leaders of women's orgaaiizations. ■ n r ' ■ ' ■ _Jr Heading the list are the names of William J. Bryan, former Governor Milliken of Maine, and Prohibition Commissioner Haynes. The call was issued "in recognition of the tremen dous propaganda which is being car ried on to nullify the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead act and to discredit the law.” The Federal Council of Churches says: “Realizing that inactivity and apathy have resulted in an apparent growth of liquor sentiment and in a non-ob servance of the enforcement act, not only by state officials and bootleggers but also by men and women who are law-abiding in every other way, the leaders state that they have planned the conference with the idea of ‘recov ering the morale of the moral and Christian forces upon the prohibition issue.’ ” _ SECRETARY MELLON AtyD COMMISSIONER BLAIR UNDER FIRE OF PHILADELPHIA NORTH AMERICAN t Puts Responsibility for Lax Enforcement of Prohibition Law Upon Secretary of Treasury and His Appointee Mr. Blair; Says Commissioner Haynes’ Hands Tied There has been a persistent rumor given wide circulation through the jrcss that Prohibition Commissioner Haynes was to be dismissed on the ground of inefficiency. This no doubt lad its origin in the wet camp. The ivets, however, attempted to camou flage the story as propaganda in the nterest of more drastic dry law cn breement. It is now understood that [’resident Coolidge has let it be known hat Mr. Haynes is to retain his post md accordingly the rumor has been suppressed. Inefficient law enforcement in cer ain sections of the country, particular y the larger cities, due in some neasure to appointments of enforce nent officers who are incompetent or lishonest and to weak regulations gov :rning withdrawals of liquor from jonded warehouses, transportations of iquor, manufacture of so-called near jeer, etc., for which Mr. Haynes re ;eived the blame by the wets, is a mat er of deep concern to law-abiding and jatriotic citizens. The responsibility jught to be fixed and immediate action aken to remedy the situation. The Philadelphia North American, i newspaper loyal to the Republican jarty but equally loyal to the cause jf prohibition and its enforcement, in m editorial September 19 under the :aption “The Prohibition Scandal", ixes this responsibility upon Commis sioner of Internal Revenue Blair, an ippointee of Secretary of the Treasury Mellon, who, according to the North American, must accordingly share the •esponsibility. The editorial declares that Mr. Haynes’ hands are tied so far as the ■ ippointment of efficient enforcement jfficers or the promulgating of work ible rules are concerned. It asserts hat the Democratic party leaders had iccumulated a mass of evidence which ;hey intended to use in support of their :ontention that the Harding ad ninistration had practiced “systematic baud upon the people in the enforce nent of prohibition law.” North American Charges Among the charges brought in this editorial are these. It asserts: "That while the public was led to ■egard Commissioner Haynes as the official with supreme power in en forcement, actually he was wholly jnder direction of Commissioner Blair, and that it was the latter who shielded from the light of publicity formulated rules governing enforce- j ment agents, and appointed and dis-1 missed officers, and as result affairs were managed in such manner as largely to nullify the purposes of the ' law and demoralize the efficiency of Commissioner Haynes in enforcement j work. “That under Blair’s rulings Phil- j adelphia breweries were running at j full capacity, turning out high power- j ed beer, supplying it to the local trade and distributing it by truck and rail- j road throughout Pennsylvania and the ' adjoining states. "That under rulings by Mr. Blair j beer of any alcoholic strength could j be made and stored in a brewery with- : out fear of molestation and that by other rulings of his, enforcement agents forbidden to interfere with the manufacture of beer at its source, were reduced to the necessity of stopping beer in transit, taking samples and then allowing the contraband to proceed. "That Commissioner Blair employs a group of confidential agents desig nated as the ‘intelligence unit’, that these agents had been employed in such manner as to intimidate honest officers and reassure crooks, thereby impairing the morale of the force and the efficiency of Commissioner Haynes. “That large quantities of liquors captured from rum runners consisted of domestic products withdrawn from bond ostensibly for export and that among the seizures had been consign ments of whisky of a noted brand (Overholt), an extensive stock of which is held by a banking institution with which Secretary Mellon is con nected. "That the Republican administration' not only had failed to enforce the law but had practiced systematic deception j by creating an impression that supreme j authority rests with Commissioner j Haynes and that the failure is due to defects in the law and in his applica-; tion of it instead of to manipulation in the internal revenue bureau.” The editorial called forth a reply from Mr. Haynes who took exception to some of the statements made but admitted that under the law he is practically an assistant to Mr. Blair. BOOZE (Walt Mason, in the Chicago Daily News) In olden days his morning horn seemed good to Rcdnosc Charley; his forty drops were made of corn, or divers grades of barley. He knew full well the demon rum would get him soon or later, but he might pour, for years to come, red liquor in his crater. Though booze might fill his dome with bats, and make him wan and sickly, it wasn't made of rough on rats, it wouldn’t kill him quickly. Though booze might drape his frame in rags and rob him of all riches, it wasn’t brewed by mid night hags, like Shakespeare’s well-known witches. But now when Charlie feebly goes to some bootlegging varlet, to dye his incandescent nose with deep er hues of scarlet, to hang new fragrance on his breath, a scent that shocks the parson, he's blowing coin for sudden death and homicide and arson. There are today no decent brews; no honest corn or barley is in the gill of bootleg booze that dampens Rednosc Charley. All „ booze is outlawed, and the wight who drinks is disen chanted, when he wakes up some beastly night to find lie’s dead and planted. And Rednose Charley takes the bowl of dope that makes him dizzy; and shortly to a six-foot hole they’ll haul him in a Lizzy. Mr. Haynes said on this point: "The wisdom of this system is per haps open to question. However, it is the system provided under the law’ and under that system the treasury offi cials concerned while not always in j agreement in all details of the ad ministrative work, have maintained the 1 co-operative relation provided with a surprising degree of concurrence.” These are serious charges which the i North American brings against the internal revenue department and if j they are true they present a strong argument for placing the enforcement unit in the attorney general’s depart ment of creating a separate unit mak ing the prohibition commissioner responsible to the president alone. Asks for a House-Cleaning In a second editorial dealing with the situation the North American says: “Secretary Mellon has made a bril-. liant record in handling national finances during a critical period and it ; would be regretab’e if anything should decrease his usefulness to the country; but his excellent record, as the head, of the treasury can not .divert from him responsibility for , the malad-1 ministration of the internal revenue bureau under his appoiptec, Mr. Blair. The secretary because he is one of the outstanding figures of thii government • would assuredly be a principal target . of the congressional inquiry which is contemplated by his partisan op-, ponents and those who believe that the prohibition law is being nullified. "It came to the knowledge af Presi-, dent Harding a few months before his j death that his administration was to! be attacked on this ground. Aware that certain high officials by their at titude were bringing discredit upon the J law, he reproached himself for having been too tolerant, and in his Denver ; speech he made an unequivocal declaration for enforcement and for j strict observance by every public of- 1 ficial. “It is fortunate for the Republican party that President Coolidge is in no way involved in the scandalous break down of enforcement and is in a posi tion to do much to redeem his party’s impaired credit, but in order to ac complish this he must within a reason able time take action to have the law enforced by men who believe in it and end its manipulation by its enemies in high places.” THEY SURELY GET THEM DOWN IN OLD KENTUCKY Criminal- informations against 177 alleged Louisville, Ky., bootleggers charging them with violation of pro hibition laws, were filed in United States district court, Louisville, in Sep tember by Lhiited States District At torney Ball and Assistant United States Attorney Hudgins. Sixty more are expected to be filed. Three Lexington men were found to be guilty in federal court, Frankfort, Ky., September 25, of conspiracy to violate the prohibition law'. Sentence will be passed later by Judge A. M. J. j Cochran. THIS IS ONE SAMPLE OF ,s WET LIES SENT ABROAD • Wild Tale of Cigaret-Smoking Women and Unusual Punish ment is Exploded REAL FACTS SET FORTH News Writer Investigates and Finds Story has Absolutely No Basis in Fact (By Richard T. Jones, Minneapolis, Minn.) During a recent visit in Kansas City, William E. (Pussyfoot) John son, asked the writer to investigate and advise him as to the facts regard ing an article that appeared in the East Coast ' Guardian, Wellington, New Zealand, last fall. The article in question was pub- ^ lished in all the leading papers in New Zealand and those responsible for it sought to influence votes against pro hibition jn that country. The article follows: “New York, Oct. 10.—Six months’ imprisonment and a fine of one hun dred pounds is the sentence passed on Miss May Helm, whom a policeman caught smoking a cigarette in the pub lic park at Kansas City, Kansas. “Arraigned for her ‘crime’, on the technical charge of vagrancy, Miss Helm who is 25 years old, pleaded with Judge McComb to ‘have a heart.’ “She explained that, as her mother did not know she smoked and would have been shocked had she seen her, she slipped out to the park. Now, Just Imagine “Then, incautiously, Miss Helm went on to express her opinion that, anyhow, women had as much right to , t smoke as had men, whereon the judge cut her short and imposed his stag gering sentence.” John Dawson, general secretary of the New Zealand Alliance wrote Mr. r Johnson asking for the facts in Con nection with the case and stating that the article went all over New Zealand and was the cause of much comment during campaigns there last fall. The writer went to Kansas City, Kansas, and, with the clerk of the police court, searched the records but could find no trace of the case. No one named May Helm had been brought before Judge McConib or any other local judge, and the records were examined for the past year. The article recites that "Miss Helm” was fined one hundred pounds, or nearly five hundred dollars. The max imum fine that can be imposed under the city ordinance of Kansas City, — Kansas, ‘is $50. The limit under the state law is $100, according to a state ment made to the writer by C. B. Grif fith, attorney general of Kansas. Real Truth About It Any allegation that violators of the anti-cigarette law in Kansas are jailed for six months is ridiculed by the chief of police of Kansas City. The present law simply docs not permit it. f Mr. Johnson told the writer that ar ticles similar to the one in question frequently appear in foreign newspa pers and are taken at face value by those who are not familiar with the laws of the United States or the vari ous states. Such tactics on the part of opponents of prohibition, he said, are extremely difficult to meet owing to the time necessarily consumed in obtaining facts from authorities in this country. *. When the "May Helm” case first ap peared, Mr. Johnson cabled Harry Burton, then mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, for a statement concerning the case, but the mayor did not reply to the cablegram. _ ,r JEWISH EDITOR INSISTS LAWS MUST BE OBEYED The Jewish World is published at Cleveland in the Yiddish language. Some time ago a Jewish rabbi in St. Louis was arrested and prosecuted for the illegal possession of liquor.' The Jewish World used the incident as a text for an editorial in which it urges the Jews everywhere in America to obey the prohibition law and declares that "the law of our government is the same as the word of God and is to be obeyed.” The editorial also says: “No matter in what part of the world Jews live they respect and obey the laws of the country and we must do likewise here and respect the pro hibition law as law-abiding citizens.” RIDICULING A WET CLAIM According to the United States statistical abstract, the 1916 liquor consumption in the country was 19.4 gallons per capita. Taking 20 • gallons as the consumption in New York when saloons were open, Mr. Orville S. Poland, counsel for the Anti-Saloon League of New York state, points out that to satisfy the pre-pronibition thirst of 10,000,000 New Yorkers, 200,000,000 gallons would be needed, and that it would take 6,666,666 touring cars speeding down from Canada, each carrying 30 gallons, to supply the demand. Mr. Poland explains that this number of cars is about six times as many as there actually arc in New Yorjf, and that placed bumper to bumper, they would reach 13,000 miles, or four times between the Atlantic and Pacific. All of which shows how little truth there is in the assertion that "prohibition has not lessened drinking.” i ■ n i . —..I. >*.