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CAN WE TRUST THE BREWERS?
By A. B. Macdonald The Ladies' Home Journal, May, 1924) Some "facts” which the wet organiza tions did not include in their declarations at their "Face-thc-Facts Conference” in Washington in January are here men tioned. Among these are the crimes of violence, incited, promoted or participated in by representatives of the manufacture or sale of beer, the accounts of which were filling the newspapers at the time of the wet conference. Mr. Macdonald lias gone directly to the brewers themselves for the facts which make up a large part of his article, lie cites Mr. Busches’ letter to the President giving the number of brewers now mak ing strong beer as the reasons why all should he allowed to make it, and asks a representative of the Busch firm, "Where could you find a stronger argument than this letter? ... In effect they (the brewers) say to the government, ‘You might just as well give us the right to make alcoholic beer, because we are go ing to make it any way, in spite of you.' ” The brewers’ representative answers that such things never happened before prohibition. "You never heard,” he said, "of a brewer being charged with bribing an official, local, state or national, before the adoption of the Eighteenth Amend ment." But Mr. Macdonald is familiar with the facts brought out before the United States Senate Judiciary in 1918-19, of which he here reminds his readers, and goes for further information to mem bers of the wet conference. Working the Vintners for Money lie finds the brewers are expecting that if they get "3 per cent” beer back it will he sold as it is in Quebec, and as he has been to Quebec he can give the facts about the "rubber sandwich” that is sold . to the customer, to comply with the re I- r . . ^. .■ -------- quircmcnt to serve beer only with meals. One important fact tic learns from the brewers is that they are not really ex pecting wine to tome back, none having less than 8 per cent alcohol would keep, and Congress could not by any stretch call t4iat non-intoxicating. Then why talk about it? “Money for the campaign,” re plies the brewer. “We want the support of the grape growers .and wine makers of California and Europe. A good deal of money is coming over from the win# countries of Europe to help in the fight against prohibition here. That is the answer.” Mr. Macdonald might have stopped here with the question in his title suf ficiently answered and with facts to spare for another question, about the return the Gquor traffic in those countries is making to American generosity. He proceeds, however, and questions Mr. Pabst, who informs him, among other things, that if 3 per cent beer conics back it would not altogether stop bootlegging and moon shining. “Some will always want whisky and as long as there is niouey in it, it will be sold.” From a chocolate manufacturer who was once a brewer, repre senting the Schlitz brew eries, came further mate rial for answering the ques tion about again trusting the brewers: “Brewers financed sa loons and put ignorant for eigners in to run them. They invaded the residen FOREIGN TAVERN FINALLY CLOSED Drys Prevail at Jaffna, Ceylon, After Fight of Several Years; They Are Optimistic The Foreign Liquor Tavern at JafTna, Island of Ceylon, has been closed after a fight of several years, according to a letter to the World League Against Al coholism from Dr. C. N. Paramanathan, of Kalniun. According to Dr. Paramanathan, the voting this year was 68 per cent for the abolition of the Tavern, which is 8 per cent more than the required percentage. Three previous votes were unsuccessful. Dr. Paramanathan writes: « “During the year T hope we shall be able to have all taverns removed from the northern province of Ceylon—56 have al ready been closed and there arc about 14 more. “In the eastern province where I am working now I have been successful in getting three villages to put the taverns in their midst for the next poll. Out of the five taverns, at least three will be closed as a result of my activities. Gov ernment has promised to close four oth ers if I. succeed in these three. “This is a backward province and I find it very difficult to work, owing to fa cilities for travel, since there are no rail ways in the province, though the author ities contemplate opening one within the next two years. The people here are very backward and education not so well ad vanced. This disadvantage makes my , w'ork the more difficult, as I have none to cooperate with me, except the Wes leyan Mission with whom I stay.” The student body of Illinois Wesleyan, Bloomington, 111., adopted resolutions on April 30 pledging to do all in their power to bring about more perfect enforcement of the prohibition law. DRY TO MANAGE AL’S FIGHT Franklin D. Roosevelt, hitherto classed as a dry, will manage the campaign of Governor A. E. Smith of New York for Democratic presidential nomination. This is held to mean that lie will make a strong bid for dry support and Mrs. Roosevelt is said to he attempting to line up the dry women for Smith. Of course, anybody who knows Smith’s record will not be fooled. tial districts, spread out into thee ounlry, sold in prohibited hours, kept open nights and Sundays, permitted gambling, sold to drunkards and minors, encouraged drink ing and were, generally speaking, a nui sance; and business men everywhere, small merchants, lawyers, doctors, craftsmen, farmers—they all saw that and they arc the men who voted out the saloon; and they are going to keep it out. . . . But the bad' saloon was nut the only thing that brought on prohibition. The brewers and liquor interests were linked together too much in dirty politics. They became too dictatorial, and they began to oppress and coerce business men who were honestly opposed to them, and the American spirit of fair play rebelled at that.” In concluding the writer agrees with Mrs. Lucy \V. 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