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STATE DIRECTOR OWEN
ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT Shows Work Done With 67 Federal Agents; 1,900 Arrests; 18 Breweries Closed Accomplishments of Federal Prohibi tion Director’s office, Illinois, under Major I Percy Owen, from November, 1923, to November, 1924, are set forth by him in a report issued October 20 as follows: . So that the public may have authentic information as to the activities of the Federal Prohibition office in Illinois, 1 am taking this opportunity to set out a few statistics regarding our accomplishments during the past year, covering the period between November, 1923, to November, 1924. I also wish to point out that our work is greatly handicapped and of necessity curbed to a great extent, there being sixty-seven federal agents empowered with authority to enforce the prohibition laws in comparison with a population of 4.100,000 (1920 census) many of whom are not in sympathy with onr efforts. However, with the splendid cooperation of numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the state, also the various of ficials engaged in law enforcement gen erally, our department has met with greater success than would have been pos sible had we been obliged to conduct our investigations independently. We have received resolutions from ap proximately one hundred women’s or ganizations, all over the state, interested in law enforcement, expressing faith in the officers of this department and pledg ing their support and cooperation to us in our sincere desire to successfully enforce prohibition. Their faith and support has had a tendency to strengthen and en ; courage us, regardless of the many at tempts to handicap our work. Permits Revoked Doctors’ permits to pre-' scribe intoxicating liq uor for non - beverage purposes . ^ Druggists’ permits to dis pense intoxicating liq uor for non - beverage purposes . Arrests made by Federal agents . 1,900 Stills seized . 158 Vehicles seized. 58 Gallons distilled spirits, f wine, etc., seized. 29,078 : Total value property seized and not destroyed, includ ing autos. $52,848.41 \ Total assessments offered and deposited with Int. Rev. Coll, in lieu assess ments made for prohibi tion violations. $70,883.00 Breweries closed by injunc I junction . 18 ( Other premises closed by in 1 junction for a year for vio j lation of prohibition laws. 1,400 Value of property closed by injunction .$25,000,000.00 Wine withdrawn for sacra mental purposes Nov. 1, 1922, to Nov. 1, 1923, gals. 987,892 Wine withdrawn for sacra ! mental purposes Nov. 1, 1923, to Nov. 1, 1924, gab. 688,714 I During 1924 a reduction was made of .. 299,718 Lkif ITALY SIGNS SHIPPING TREATY Official decrees were promul gated in Rome on October 11 mak ing effective the Washington agreement with Italy of June 3 with regard to liquor aboard ships. The Washington agree ment signed by Secretary of State Hughes for the United States and Signor Augusto Rosso, consul of the Italian embassy, ex tends the right of search of ves sels suspected of rum running to one hour’s sailing distance from shore and accords to Italian ships the right of entering ports with liquor under seal. PROHIBITION RESULTS (News item, National Advocate) Judge W. N. Gemmill, of Chicago, au thority on criminal statistics, estimates 500,000 fewer arrests in 1922 than in 1917. The United States Census Bureau re ports a drop of 5.8 per cent in inmates in penal institutions for 1922, as compared with 1917, and the New York State Re formatory a decrease of 25.6 per cent for the same period. The New York State Commissioner of Prisons reports a de crease of 7.8 per cent in the number of in mates in 1923 from 1922. Prior to prohibition there were 275 in stitutions in the United States for the treatment of alcoholics; now there are 51. Formerly there were 50 Keeley and 62 Neal institutes; now there are 12 Keeley and 2 Neal institutes for the care of such addicts. The American Bankers’ Association re ports savings deposits on June 30, 1923, as $18,373,062,000. The Controller of Cur rency shows an increase for 1923 of $1, 997,168,861 over 1922. Max N. Nathanson, New York, of one of the largest real estate syndicates, says prohibition is one of the principal reasons why New York real estate is one of the best investments in the coutr3*. School attendance in grades, high schools, colleges, universities and profes sional schools has so increased under pro hibition that practically all such institu tions are overcrowded. The United States is the only large na tion with no unemployment problem. The month of February, 1924, shows 52 manu facturing industries, representing 8,222 firms, had increased their employees, and were pa3ring 5.4 per cent per capita more wages. Richard Boeckel, labor economist, esti mates the savings of workingmen, due to prohibition, at $1,000,000,000 per year, and says there arc 15 labor banks in successful operation in the United States. He pre dicts that there will be $100,000,000 in 50 such banks at an early date. It is estimated that there arc 250,000 fewer industrial accidents each year as a result of prohibition than when we had 177,790 saloons in operation before the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect. Expenditures for charity have been re duced so that various philanthropic agen cies estimate that $74,000,000 formerly re quired to take care of poverty is now used for free dental work for school children, fresh-air funds, prenatal care of mothers, district nursing associations, etc. The whole experience of economic agencies shows prohibition has vastl3r improved the living conditions of wage earners, and has especially helped women and given chil dren a better chance. We never hear it called near-beer any more. We suppose that’s because beer is so much farther away.—Dcs Moines Tribune. If you knowingly vote tor an un worthy candidate, you prove yourself an unworthy citizen. CITY MOVIES r-■— ■ -—n-37-1 ■■ IIP1 AMERICAN WM GLASSES S v$>f-r b*TM6 mnTKiL rw**r I ! hai» ot ih» *n cehtvjoy ft >W COUfCTlOM 01 Mi tMrrino**l B I iTp *'» I I ..—-■- - — IN THE MUSEUM —Chicago Daily Journal. MORE LIQUOR IS FALSE CLAIM Disproved by Facts; Crime Less. Savings Greater, Drink Cures Gone Out of Business (Rev. Homer W. Tope, D.D., State Supt., Pennsylvania Anti-Saloon League) Anti-prohibitionists indulge in a parrot like repetition of the following statement that: “There’s more liquor drunk now than in the old days.” The more liquors consumed, the more drunkenness in the land. The ten largest cities in our land with a combined popu lation of nearly 15 millions, showed two and a quarter times as many arrests for drunkenness during the two last wet years as during the two first dry years. Liquor drinking induces crime: Fifty six of our largest cities, having a com bined population of more than 22 millions, reported a decrease of more than 10 per cent of arrests for all causes during the first two dry years as -compared with those of the last two wet years. The commitments to at! *«.nal institu tions in the state of New York during the first two dry years showed a decrease of 85,754 or 34 per cent as compared with those of the last two wet years. Drink is the recognized foe of thrift. During the first three dry years our pop ulation increased 4 per cent, our savings bank depositors increased nearly 10 per cent and the savings deposited increased more than 21 per cent. Our building and loan associations, sometimes called the workingman’s * de positories, comparing 1922 with the last wet year, show an increase: In number . 2,525 In members. 2,852,743 In assets. $1,444,186,607 and yet they say: “There’s more liquor drunk now than in the old days.” Many automobile fatalities have been traced to intoxicated drivers. When we consider the fact that during the first three dry years, compared with the last three wet years, there w^cre 9,627 less au tomobile fatalities in proportion to the number of cars on the roads it seems strange to hear anyone say: “There’s more liquor drunk now than in the old days.” Drink has always been recognized as one of the chief causes of industrial acci dents. During the first three dry years as compared with the last three wet years in coal mines, metal mines, ore dressing plants, smelting works and coke ovens, five dangerous occupations, accidental in juries showed a decrease of 56 per cent, and accidental fatalities, a decrease of 24.8 per cent. The Washingtonian Home in Chicago, the oldest inebriate asylum in the country, 50 Kecley cures and 60 Neal Institutes for the cure of inebriety, once flourishing and prosperous institutions, have been closed for lack of patronage, under pro hibition. Drink causes waste. During the decade ending July 1, 1922, our population in creased less than fifteen percent but our stock of money increased more than 124 per cent. During that decade^ while the popula tion increased less than 15 per cent, the consumption of intoxicating liquors, as reported by the government, decreased more than 20 gallons per capita, and yet they say: “There’s more liquor drunk now than in the old days.” America has become the greatest fruit eating country in the world and fruit drinks arc taking the place of liquor.