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The American Issue
_ _=_Illinois Edition _5
Volume XIX WESTERVILLE, OHIO, JANUARY 25. 1924 Number 2
Visit at White House Marks Dry Advance; Promise of the
President to Support Law
Warn Against Permitting Wet Propaganda Influence to Change Public
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
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
'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.
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.' ”
Auditorium Hotel. Michigan Avenue and Congress Street, Chicago
- t
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
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.
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
Hen. John E. George, chief of pohirt, Springfield.
Hon. Percival Owen, prohibition director for Illinois
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.
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
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
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
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.
Advance Registration Much Greater Than Estimated Indicates
Record Breaking Attendance
Women Wiil Be Weil Represented in This Great Two-Day Rally to
Defend Prohibition
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
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

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