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_ _=_Illinois Edition _5 Volume XIX WESTERVILLE, OHIO, JANUARY 25. 1924 Number 2 CONVENTION MOVED TO AUDITORIUM HOTEL; LARGER AND MORE CONVENIENT 1 MEETING PLACE CHOSEN FOR STATE ENFORCEMENT RALLY IN CHICAGO FEB. 7-8 ILLINOIS LEAGUE WORKERS ATTEND GREAT CONVENTION HELD AT WASHINGTON, D. C. Visit at White House Marks Dry Advance; Promise of the President to Support Law CONGRESSMEN DECLARE VOLSTEAD LAW TO BE NOT IN DANGER OF REPEAL Warn Against Permitting Wet Propaganda Influence to Change Public Opinion PROMINENT ILLINOIS MEN OCCUPY PLACE ON THE PROGRAM The entire field force of the Anti Saloon League attended the National Convention at Washington, L). C., January li to lo. A good-sized dele gation of Illinois citizens interested in law-enforcement problems was al>o in ' ’ attendance. In the limited space avail able in this number of The Issue it will be impossible to give anything like a complete report of the Washing ton convention. We arc giving space for the resolution adopted and urge that all our readers study this com bined report and program which rep resents the best wisdom of America’s greatest leaders in the .fight for law enforcement. Many Officials Present The attendance of public officials occupying high places in relation to the enforcement problem was a grati fying and significant feature of the law enforcement gathering. United States Senators. Congressmen, Gov ernors, Prosecuting Attorneys and other officials not only appeared as speakers but also as delegates taking a keen interest in the proceedings. Prohibition Director Haynes attended many of the sessions. The climax of the convention was reached when the delegates marched to the White House to assure President Cooltdge of their support and to receive from him his promise to support the law as chief executive of the nation. Bishop Thos. Nicholson,' President of the Anti-Sa loon League, spoke in behalf of the delegates and presented the President with an embossed memorial pledging the support of the anti-saloon forces to him in this great task. March to White House The meeting of the convention dele gates with the President at the White House was a reminder that over ten years ago a similar inarch was made along Pennsylvania avenue, hut the advance of tbit earlier body of dele gates was towards the Capitol and its objective was the securing of prohibi ' lion legislation. With the eighteenth f Amendment now a part of the Consti tution and enforcement legislation on the statutes, it was appropriate that emphasis should now he placed upon the duties of the executive department of the government. The visit at the White House served lo emphasize the fact that the support of prohibition laws is now the problem and a respon sibility of the government itself. At the same time equal emphasis was given to the equally important fact that the government depends upon the support of the people and that offi cials cannot succeed without the help of the citizens. No Repeal Danger Now Through the entire convention pro gram there was a strong, clear note of confidence that the Volstead Act will not be repealed or weakened by the present Congress. Senators and House members alike assured the delegates ** present that the forces who would nul lify prohibition have no chance of suc cess during the present accession. Again and again the opinion was ex pressed that if changes arc made in enforcement laws, they will tend to strengthen rather than to weaken en forcement. Invariably in connection with predictions as to the present Con gress catnc the warning that action in future sessions of Congress is depend ent upon public opinion on prohibition enforcement. The delegates were re peatedly warned that with an active, constant propaganda by the foes of prohibition, aggressive and continuous educational work by prohibition forces will be necessary to prevent the ulti mate weakening of the law. Bishop Nicholson Presided Two of the busiest men at the na tional convention were F. Scott Mc Bride, State Superintendent of the Il linois League, and Bishop Thomas Nicholson, President of the Anti-Sa **,loon League of America. Bishop Nich olson, who is a member of the head quarters coiuiuittcc of t lie I lliuoi' League, presided at practically all ses sions of the convention and served as toastmaster at the banquet preceding the convention sessions. The master ful, efficient and courteous services of Bishop Nicholson as a presiding officer received and merited the praise of all. Superintendent McBride, as a member of the national executive committee and numerous special committees, took an active part in the consideration of many important national problems. Harry R. Rathbone, Congressman-al largc from Illinois, made a splendid impression in a brief address at the convention banquet. He was consid ered one of the most forceful and elo quent speakers at this gathering in which many speakers of national re nown took part. Congressman Rath bone, speaking of the coming contest in connection with law enforcement in Congress, said, “The wets will attack. We will defend. The Eighteenth Amendment must be and will be main tained.'’ 'f he Portland, Me., ‘Press Herald ot December 27 carries a Bangor, Me., news item to the effect that there was not a single case in municipal court on the morning of December 27. GENERAL DAWES WARNS LAW-BREAKERS In an address delivered a short tithe before he left for* Europe. General Charles G. Dawes said: “A lot of people out where I spoke recently put their cellar above t|ieir government. I said to them, ‘Let any considerable number take the position that they don't want to obey the dry law and before long their chil dren will come home with bloody heads. And before long some won’t come home at all, because other groups take the notion that they don’t want to obey other laws.' ” ANTI SALOON LEAGUE STATE CONVENTION PROGRAM Auditorium Hotel. Michigan Avenue and Congress Street, Chicago - t THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1924 (LEGISLATIVE DAY) 9:45 A. M. Convention called to order by the Hon, W. W. Bennett, state president of the Anti-Saloon League. Open meeting of Anti-Saloon League State Board. Conference on the legislative campaign. 12:30 P. M. Executive session of the state board of the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois. 2:00 P. M. Hon. George H. Wilson presiding. Report on the legislative situation by F. Scott McBride, state superin tendent of the Anti-Saloon League. Addresses by . Senator A. S. Cuthbertson, Bunker Hill Senator M. H. Cleary. Galena Hon. Homer J. Tice, Greer.view (Representative in the general assembly from the 30th district) Hon. Lottie Holman O'Ntil, Downer's Grove (Representative in the general assembly from the 41st district) Mr. Alfred Johnson,, G. E. S., Illinois I. O. G. T. Miss Anna Gordon, national president of the W. C, T. U. Miss Helen Hood, state president of the W .C. T. U. Dramatic Debate, "Can the Law Be Enforced ?” Presented by O. G. Christgau and John W. Langley TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY BANQUET, AUDITORIUM HOTEL, 6:30 P. M. Toastmaster, Bishop Thomas Nicholson, president Anti-Saloon League of America Addresses by Dr. Howard H. Russell, founder of the Anti-Saloon League Dr. Ernest Cherrington, secretary World League Against Alcoholism Hon. Mary Bartelme, judge in the circuit court oi Cook county Rev. Peter Peterson, D. D., president the Illino's Conference of the Ev. Luth. Augustana Synod Father Joseph McNamee, Rabbi Louis Mann, Rev E. J. Randall and others. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1924, (LAW ENFORCEMENT DAY) 9:45 A. M. Hon. W. W. Bennett presiding Addresses by Rev. H. E. Rompcl, Pastor Ottawa Street M. E. Church, Joliet Hon. C. W. Vursell, chief field officer, Illinois federal prohibition department. Hen. John E. George, chief of pohirt, Springfield. Hon. Percival Owen, prohibition director for Illinois 12:30 P M. BUSINESS MENS LUNCHEON, AUDITORIUM HOTEL. Addresses by District Attorney Edwin A. Olson, and others. 2:00 P. M. Hon. W. W. Bennett presiding. Addresses by Superior Judge Wm. N. Gcmmill of Cook county. Hon. A. V. Smith, state's attorney of Lake county. Hon. Morgan A. Collins, chief of police of Chicago. Judge Jesse Black, Jr , Pekin. 8:00 P. M. LAW ENFORCEMENT MASS MEETING, Orchestra Hall on Michigan avenue between Adams and Jackson. Addresses by Dr. Wayne B. Wheeler, Washington, D. C., general counsel of the Anti-Saloon League of America. Hon. Gifford Pinchot, governor of Pennsylvania. Convention accompanist—Margaret E. Huyck. Convention soloist—Ada Dahlgren. NOTE:—The above program is subject to additions and changes. Three Great Dry Leaders Who Will be Heard at Convention of Illinois Anti-Saloon League HOWARD H. RUSSELL Three great national and interna tional leaders in the movement against alcoholism will be present at the con vention of the Illinois Anti-Saloon League February 7 and 8. Dr. How ard H. Russell, founder of the Anti Saloon League, is one of the presi j dents of the World League Against Alcoholism. After thirty years of con stant active warfare against the liquor traffic Dr. Russell is one of the most active and earnest champions of pro hibition in all the world. As superin tendent of the Lincoln-Lee Legion Dr. Russell lias led many thousands to sign the temperance pledge. During the past few years Dr. Russell or ganized another great movement un i der the direction of the American ERNEST H. CHERRINGTON Bond. This movement supplements the work of the Lincoln-Lee Legion through the Sunday schools and brings the gospel of Americanism to thousands through the public schools and other agencies. Dr. Russell is one of the most charming and capti vating: speakers in the country. His address at the twenty-fifth anniver-1 sary banquet will be one of the great j events of the convention, Dr. Ernest H. Cherrington, who is i secretary of the World League Against Alcoholism, is without doubt the best posted man in America on the situation in other countries rela tive to the liquor traffic. Dr. Cher-' rington organized the great conven ] lion of the World League Against AM coholism in Toronto last year. His1 I___I WAYNE B. WHEELER presentation of tlie world prohibition problem is considered one of the most profound and stirring calls to Chris tian service that has ever been given. Dr. Wayne B. Wheeler, national at torney for the Anti-Saloon League, is probably the most widely-known en emy of the liquor traffic in America. In addition to his great work as a de fender of prohibition law's in the courts Dr. Wheeler acts as legislative superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League. It falls upon him to formu late needed enforcement legislation and cooperate with dry leaders in Congress in support of such laws. Dr. Wheeler’s address on the legislative ’situation will be right up to the min ute, the latest and most authoritative word on the subject. LARGER CONVENTION HALL SELECTED TO ACCOMMODATE DELEGATES EXPECTED TO ATTEND ENFORCEMENT GATHERING Advance Registration Much Greater Than Estimated Indicates Record Breaking Attendance YOUNG PEOPLE’S SOCIETIES AROUSED, WILL APPOINT CONVENTION DELEGATES Women Wiil Be Weil Represented in This Great Two-Day Rally to Defend Prohibition REMARKABLE LIST OF SPEAKERS ON THE CONVENTION PROGRAM The Auditorium Hotel, Chicago, lias been selected as the place for the Anti-1 Saloon League state convention, in stead of the Morrison Hotel as pre vioitsly announced. The change to the Auditorium was made necessary be cause the Morrison Hotel was unable to guarantee accommodations for the crowds that will be in attendance at all sessions on February 7 and 8. The regular sessions of the conven tion will be held in the large and i beautiful ballroom of the Auditorium.' which has been the scene of many his toric gatherings. The great twenty fifth anniversary banquet will be held in this room. Other luncheons sched uled on the program will be held in large and convenient banquet rooms in the hotel. In addition to a larger convention hall and more commodious rooms for all sessions, nearness of the Auditorium to Orchestra Hall will be a decided advantage. The Auditorium is more convenient than the hotel pre viously selected, both for motorists and for delegates who come by street car or elevated trains. It is only one -liort block front the. < ongress street station of the elevated lines. Located just outside of the loop, the Audi torium will be much more convenient for motorists who want to park their cars while attending the convention. Motor bus passengers will also be brought right to the door of the con vention. Many Delegates Coming Indications are that the attendance at the convention will exceed .11 ear lier estimates. Word has come from delegates from all over Illinois as far north as Waukegan and as far south as Cairo. Already hundreds of names have been forwarded in response to the call to churches and all temper ance organizations. An extraordinary response by the young people is ex pected. Leaders in young people’s ! societies, realizing the great opportun ity for worth-while service before | them in the light against the liquor : traffic, are taking a keen interest in | the convention. These leaders plan to , make their organizaitoiis count as much as possible and are anxious to ; receive the inspiration necessary for 'effective work. It is probable that in ■the coining primary campaign the I members of young people’s organiza 11ions will control the balance of power necessary to nominate and elect can didates loyal to the constitution. Very encouraging reports are coming in to the Anti-Saloon League from W. C. T. U. and other temperance organiza tions including the.numerous I. O. <i. T. societies, particularly in Chicago. Women Voters Aroused Women voters are realizing more clearly than ever their great new power and arc determined to exercise their franchise most effectively in the coming contest which will decide the question of law enforcement. Accord ingly they are eagerly looking forward to the' convention to learn how their influence as voters and organizers for enforcement ran be used to the best advantage. Another very gratifying prospect is that there will be an at tendance of even more pastors than ordinary at an Anti-Saloon League convention. It is well understood that the power of the Anti-Saloon League is measured by the interest and activ ity of the pastors. At the coming con vention. if early indications are re liable. the churches of the state will he very well represented by the pas tors who have the responsibility of leadership in the coming conflict to elect state’s attorneys, legislators, con gressmen and other officials who will protect the great program of the churches for prohibition. Great Program Promised The preliminary program printed in this number of The Issue indicates tiie character and quality of the speak- j crs who will appear at the various ses sions. It will he noted that practically all are experts in some particular phase of the prohibition and enforce ment problem. There will he the minimum of theorizing relative to what should he done and a maximum of definite information as to how ac tual results may be secured. The first day, which has been des ignated as legislative day, will bring to the convention members of the state legislature and others who un derstand and can explain problems in connection with the nomination and election of legislative officials in sym pathy with law enforcement. On the second day, which will he law enforcement day. officials daily and actively engaged in the work of enforcing prohibition will tell of their methods and will explain how all forces can cooperate actively in sup port of the Eighteenth Amendment. Pinchot Tickets Going Fast Advance calls for tickets to the Pinchot mass meeting on February 8 make it safe to predict that the entire supply will be exhausted before 'he convention opens. Every day public interest in the fighting governor of Pennsylvania i- becoming more keen. Pinchot’s work in his own state as well as his clear-ringing utterances in support of enforcement have made friends of prohibition look forward to the great address he is expected to de liver at Orchestra Hall. Governor Pinchot’s standing as a statesman and his reputation as an orator has been recognized by one of the great radio stations in Chicago. Arrangements arc being perfected with KYW to broadcast Governor Pinchot's address direct from Orchestra Hall. Former Superintendents Invited Former superintendents of the Anti Saloon League have been invited to the twenty-fifth anniversary banquet on the first night of the convention. The big feature of the anniversary celebration will be the address of Dr. Howard II. Russell, who founded the Anti-Saloon League thirty years ago. At the recent convention at Washing ton Dr. Russell was one of the mo«t interesting and forceful of all the great leaders who appeared on the program. llliuoi> delegates will he gratified to know that the toastmaster at the banquet will he Bishop Thomas Nicholson, who presided at the great international gathering at Toronto a year ago and more recently at the great Anti-Saloon League banquet at the Raleigh Hotel during the Wash ington convention. Of all of the men in America who might be invited to preside at gatherings of fighters for Prohibition. Bishop Nicholson, who is president of the Anti-Saloon League of America, is recognized as being the most able and eloquent. Miss Ada Dahlgrcn, a soloist of ex traordinary ability, has been engaged to sing at both the banquet at the Auditorium and the Pinchot mass meeting at Orchestra Hall. Appoint Delegates Now All churches. Sunday schools. Young People's Societies, Temperance and law enforcement organizations are urged to send names of delegates who will represent them at the state con vention. Address Conventftm Depart ment, Anti-Saloon League of Illinois, 1200 Security Building, Chicago. All churches and all organizations inter ested in upholding the law should be represented. The state convention will be a wonderful meeting from the standpoint of genuine pleasure and en tertainment. But its great value will be in the influence it will have on pro hibition enforcement in Chicago and Illinois. The call to come to the con vention is the greatest call to Chris tian patriotic service that can now come to any organization anxious to do its part in the defense of prohibi tion.