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The American issue
Published Every Other Saturday by
130 South State Street, Westerville, Ohio
1200 Security Bldg-. Chicago
Publication Officr—Westerville. Ohio
Issued bi-weekly eicopt during the month of August
O. G. CHRI8TGAU, Illinois Editor
Illinois Orrica—1200 Security Bldg., Chicago
Kntored as second-class matter at the postoffice at Westerville, O.,
under Act of March 3, 1879
Nottos TO Postmabtrrb—All Forra notices for change of ad
tiros* or discontinuance and all undeliverabl© paper pertaining to
the Illinois Edition of This American Isnuk should be addressed
to the Illinois Editor, 1200 Security Bldg.. Chicago, Illinois.
Price, $1.00 per Year
Make subscriptions payable to the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois,
1200 Security Bldg., Chicago. 111.
I Headquarters. 1200 Security Bldg., Chicago
Static OffiCkrS
President—W. W. Bennett, Rockford.
Vice Presidents Will B. Otwell, Cnrllnvllle; .7. D. Motr.gar. Mo
line: Alfred T. Capps. Jacksonville; F. O. Wilson, Mt. Carmel.
Pecretary— John R. Golden, Decatur.
Treasurer—Thomas J. Bolger, Chicago.
Headquarters Commlttoe—Churles K. Coleman. Chairman, Chi
cago; M. P. Boynton. Secretary. Chicago; John R. Golden. De
catur ; John Rudin. Chicago; John H. Hnuberg, Rock Island ;
A. J, Scrogin. Lexington; George 11. Wilson, Quincy; Bishop
Thomas Nicholson, Chicago; Thos. J. Bolger, Chicago; W W
Plate Superintendent—F. Scott McBride, Chicago.
Assistant to the State Superintendent—Alice Odell.
Department Superintendents— ( Headquarters, Chicago) —Legal
and Law Enforcement, Jos. H. Collier; Literature and Public
ity. O. G. Cbristgau ; Woman's Department, Mrs. G. M. Matbes ;
Assist., Miss Margaret Wintringer.
District Superintendents—North Side Chicago. C. E. Peterson ;
South Side Chicago. J. A. Little: Northwest Side Chicago, Wrar
ren G. Jones; Southwest Side Chicago, J. W. Langley; North
ern, Geo. McGinnis, Chicago; Northeastern, H. II. Rood. Chi
cago; Eastern, N. It. Johnson, Springfield; Western. G. W.
James, Galesburg; Central. Geo. H. Yule, Springfield; Southern,
t Leo Howard. East St. Louis.
Business Manager- I). W. Ewing, Chicago.
Field Altorneys, Jas. H. Dunskiu.
Field Worker—C. E. Dowdell.
Scandinavian Work—C. J. Andreen.
* National Officers
President—Bishop Thomas Nicholson, D.D., LL.D.
2S East Washington St., Chicago
General Superintendent—Du. P. ScoiT McBride, Westerville. Ohio
Associate General Superintendent—E, J. Moore. Westerville, Ohio
Treasurer- Fostkr Copeland, Columbus, Ohio
FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 1924~~
The Illinois League’s past has much in it in which
to rejoice. She has taken her place beside the other
states in the Union in the great fight. She got her local
option law in 1907. Under it she voted fifty-five of her
one hundred and two counties free from saloons, and
left ninety-five counties cither dry or with but one wet
In 1911 additional legislation was passed for enforce
ment giving also a zone around the State University and
the Soldiers’ Home at Quincy. In 1913 a woman’s
suffrage law was passed, giving the women a chance to
vote in local elections if they would cast their ballots
in a separate box. This was the first chance to tell the
world what the women thought of the saloon. They
did a good job of it. There was one county scat that
made it unanimous for the drys in the women’s ballot
box. No woman voter made a mistake. Large cities
like Springfield, Bloomington and Danville voted dry
by the majorities in the women's ballot box.
In that same session that gave suffrage to the women,
the House and Senate passed a residence district bill that
was killed by the governor’s influence after passing both
I.ater the blind tiger bill was passed. Then the
national prohibition resolution was submitted and rati
fied by Illinois as the twenty-sixth state in the greatest
race for time the state has ever witnessed ,the drys go
ing over the goal just two days before thirty-six states
had ratified. Following this the Illinois prohibition act
was enacted into law and it is counted as one of the
greatest state laws ever enacted. It is better and
stronger than the Volstead act.
We have just made the hardest campaign so far in
our history. It has taken harder work to awaken our
folk to the real situation than in any previous cam
paign. The wets on the beer and wine issue found their
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folk active and aggressive. They had candidates in
every district. They also had candidates in every dis
trict for the legislature and in nearly every congressional
district. It has taken the closest organization work we
have ever done to win the primary. The League
distributed nearly two million leaflets in the recent cam
By close organization work by the district superin
tendents and the field men we made unexpected gains
in the recent primaries. \Ye gained particularly in the
cities, the places where there was claimed to be some
reaction favoring the wets. We gained in Chicago,
Aurora, Rock Island, Teona, Bloomington. Danville,
held a solid dry vote in Springfield, Cairo, both wet
centers, and held our own in every other district in the
state save the one district comprising the counties of
Stephenson, Carroll and Jo Daviess. In this district
other issues made it impossible to save the day. It may,
however, be won back in the election.
As to candidates for Congress the primary was a
victory for us. In every district where we fought we
won. A minority candidate was lost in one Chicago dis
trict, but in all probability this will mean no loss in the
As to the United States Senate the nominee of the
majority party while governor of Illinois signed all our
bills. A wet candidate was nominated in the Democratic
primary. This will mean a hard fight for the wet has
certain elements of strength that make him a formidable
It has been well worth while to fight on until and
through this primary to bring down to defeat two of
the outstanding wet members of the legislature who
were candidates, one for Congress and the other for gov
ernor, John P. Hart of Aurora, and Lee O’Neill Browne.
They both ran on the "beer and wine” issue.
Mr. Browne fittingly closed his big state-wide cam
paign in Peoria and there he said: “This is your last
chance to get beer in Illinois. If you do not elect me
governor this time you will not have another chance, for
after I have gone over the state campaigning on this
issue as I have, if I am defeated for the nomination the
candidate who would make that a campaign issue again
would be a fit subject for the insane asylum.”
Hart, like Browne, has been a wet leader in the
House, Browne on the Democratic side and Hart on the
Republican side.
I am glad the Lord permitted me to stay long enough
in Illinois to help hand these defeats to these foes of
most that is good.
A successful primary makes, a successful election pos
sible, but the election is necessary to complete the
The next legislature should provide means of state en
forcement, either by an appropriation to the attorney
general or by establishing a prohibition commissioner
under a plan such as is in operation in Ohio and is giving
such good results. The next legislative session should
show a large dry margin.
The League has not attempted to establish a super
government or to make of the churches of the state a
detective agency. But the year has witnessed the
greatest progress in the state that has ever been shown.
The appointments made in the prohibition units have
shown less politics and under the administration of
Attorney Edwin A. Olson as United States district at
torney, politics has been removed from the federal
justice department.
The chief difficulty in enforcement has been the brew
eries that have been defying the law and bribing the
men of the enforcement staff. Within the year seven
teen breweries have been padlocked for one year and
millions of dollars worth of brewery paraphernalia has
been destroyed and great quantities of illegal beer and
other liquors have been poured into the gutters and
sewers. District Attorney Olson has done more en
forcement work in the year of his term than his
predecessors did during the twelve years that preceded.
We have been favored also by the splendid work of the
federal judges, Cliffe, Wilkerson, English, FitzHenry
and others.
These experiences have demonstrated the fact that
when men are in charge of enforcement who believe in
law nforcement and try to do so, it can be done. It
also commends the program of the Anti-Saloon League
in demanding enforcement through the officials with a
hearty co-operation between the national, state and local
forces. The Anti-Saloon League locally and nationally
is fighting to take politics from the enforcement agencies
and to establish civil service throughout. More enforce
ment has been done in Illinois in the last year than in
the ten that have preceded
JUNE 5, 1924
World-Wide Fight and the New Treaty
Prohibition of the traffic in strong drink was never
more conspicious as the greatest moral issue of our lime
than in the present hour. A most significant develop
ment in the world situation is the new treaty now ratified
by our Senate aimed at the control of the European
smuggling bootlegger. This treaty, though just inaugu
rated, is resulting in the return of liquor ladened ships
to European shores where a counter-smuggling is at
tempted. Governmental complacency by European +
nations will prove to them a boomerang.
The new attitude of the navy department and the
department of justice at Washington as related to this
international problem is most encouraging. The activ
ities of the Atlantic coast police arc also to be highly
commended. It is not too much to say that the inter
national liquor problem is now better in hand than ever
before, and the United States prohibition policy is secur
ing respect on the part of other nations and co-operation
c.f these nations with our own government in protecting
our people against illicit liquor.
Our fellowship with the World League Against Alco
holism is a constant growth of practical co-operation.
Once again we loyally greet our fellow board member,
Dr. Ernest H. Cherrington, executive secretary of the
World League, and once more proffer our hearty co
The National Situation as Relating Both to Illinois and
the National Parties
The situation in our own country is most intercs'ing.
It is already apparent that no national political party
dares nominate a candidate openly favorable to the de
struction of our prohibition policy. The Eighteenth
Amendment has already qualified as an actively achiev
ing portion of the national Constitution. The national
political parties are taking their cue from the lesser
political units where wet policies and candidates are be
ing steadily defeated.
In our own state the fight is sharply defined i.n the
candidacy of United States senator. Mr. Sprague is
openly committed to the beer and wine policy, while on
the other hand ex-Governor Dencen has a clear record
all through his public life as a friend of law and order.
We must never forget that as governor of this state lie
was friendly to and signed our first great measure, name
ly, “the township local option law.”
We rejoice that in the primary we won the nomination
in every congressional district in the state where en
dorsements were made by the Anti-Saloon League, in
cluding Congressmen-at-largc where the nominated can
didates in both parties are dry. The only candidate en
dorsed who was not nominated was a minority candidate *
in one of the Chicago districts, and the candidate
nominated by the majority party has a dry record.
Our Political Policies in This State
We cannot state too often or too emphatically that
the Anti-Saloon League is non-partisan, non-factional
and non-personal in its policy. This policy was never
more clearly vindicated than in the last primary endorse
ments. We deal only in the records as made by candi
dates. We are careful to state truthfully and fully these
records and let them speak for themselves. Thus the
candidate in his record presents himself for the favor or
opposition of the Anti-Saloon League.
Beer and Wine
The loud call for beer and wine is mostly paid for
propaganda and is proving to be a boomerang when
used as a political program. In witness whereof note the
sad condition of their friend Lee O’Neil Browne of
Ottawa in his candidacy for governor on the Democratic
ticket. This is a rapidly vanishing issue in political f
contests from which practical politicians are keeping
Mayor and Chief of Police
In the matter of law enforcement in a great city the
persistent policy of Mayor Dever and his police depart
ment is demonstrating how possible it is to enforce the
prohibition laws as well as any other law on the statute
books. We have commended Mayor Dever and his
chief in former meetings,—today we want to thank him
for his continued courage and consistent law enforcement
We desire in this connection to commend the activities

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