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Whereas, Judge V. V. Barnes of Zion, Illinois, on
September 26th was called to his eternal reward, and Whereas, Judge Barnes has been throughout the life of the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois one of its most loyal supporters not only in personal attendance upon its meetings and active participation in the work but in constant financial co-operation, therefore, Be it Resolved, That we, the Headquarters Commit tee of the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois in regular ses sion in Chicago, October 10th, 1924, place in the rec ords of our state League our high esteem for Judge Barnes and our deep appreciation of his big-hearted, brotherly fellowship in our work, further That we extend to Mrs. Barnes, their son and daugh ter and ether relatives our sympathetic greetings and pray for them the comfort of our Heavenly Father in this hour ot their bereavement. Resolved. That copy of this resolution be printed in the Illinois edition of the American Issue and sent to M rs. Barnes. Done b) vote of the Headquarters Committee this tenth day of October, 1924. Charles E. Coleman, Chairman. M. P. Boynton, Secretary. In Vain the Net A verse in Proverbs declares that “in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird.” That piece of wisdom was uttered thousands of years ago, yet there arc folks in this day of enlightenment who do not seem to be lieve it. The American people, neariy nve years ago, escaped from the net of the legalized liquor traffic. They had been inside that net so long they knew they didn’t like such enmeshment. So they poked a hole in the thing, large enough to crawl out, and that hole was the Eight eenth Amendment. The verse in Proverbs is true of any b:rd, even a fledg ling. But it is true beyond all peradventure in regard to the bird that has been netted and has escaped. Yet there are fowlers who will not learn, and the liquor men arc among such fowlers. They throw out such bait as occa sion seems wise to display. They make the bait very alluring, but they can’t conceal the net. Baits like “personal liberty,” the “failure of prohibi tion,” and the like, do not seem to entice the American eagle into the net of Volstead amendment. The Ameri can eagle, as a lot of folks all around the earth know, is a very sagacious bird. He isn’t often caught, but when he is, he is not caught again in the same net. But does this fact deter the wet fowlers? Not one whit. Four years from now they will be spreading the same net, with the same result. Vainly the ret is spread in the sight of the American eagle, to paraphrase one of Solomon’s paragraphs. Free Advice to Fred Fred Wentworth in the New York World says: Prohibition has given us stale orange juice at 10 cents a glas; instead of wholesome beer, compelled us to pay $7 a quart for whisky, made Jhe nation morose and discontented, and if revolution does come we can blame it on the kill-joys and fanatics. Are we a nation of milksops to patiently endure this tyranny? Well Fred, here’s our advice and it is free. Go tp a doctor and get something foi your liquor-diseased liver. Take a hypodermic injection of oil of patriotism. If you are not helped, do without your $7.00-a-quart whisky, save your money, ship for some country where you have personal liberty to make a lull-edged drunkard of you'r self—and be sure and buy a one-way ticket. Canadian Whisky Importation The report of large importations of whisky into the United States from Canada, credited to the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, is clearly erroneous. The United States government records show no permits for the im portation of whisky from Canada last year. Smugglers could not slip any such quantity over the border. Ca nadian thirsts and not American were slacked by most of the 293,475 gallons of Canadian whisky, supposed to have been shipped into the United States. Under the Canadian government control system and Dominion laws, individuals are limited in the amount of whisky they can buy for their own use but are not limited in the amount they may purchase for exportation. In the dr3r territory there is practically no limit on the amount that can he purchased for exportation. Many Canadians take advantage of this provision, buy large quantities of whisks- for exportation, but it is never sent outside of the Dominion. Some of this liquor is doubtless smuggled into the United States, but most of the liquor reported as withdrawn for exportation is used in Canada. Canadian officials arc greatly interested in receiving the tax on liquor withdrawn for export, and give little attention to where it goes. It is withdrawn on a blanket export order, or application, without great care as to the ultimate destination. It is another evi dence of the break-down of the Canadian government control system, not of prohibition in the United States. Alcohol the Real Murderer Ten persons were killed and 31 injured when a freight train backed into a street car on a grade crossing in Chi cago on November 2. The coroner ordered the tower man held in custody pending the inquest. Two physi cians testified that the tower man showed signs of being intoxicated and lie himself admitted having taken ‘‘a few drinks” earlier in the evening. It is hardl}r within the range of possibility that the tower man drank liquor legally procured. Such liquor would have to he liquor acquired b}- him before the Vol stead law went into operation almost five years ago. If it was home brew manufactured b>- himself which lie drank he was guilty of violating the national and state dry law. If lie purchased the booze from some boot legger the man who made it and the bootlegger who sold it are equally guilt3' with him. If it develops that the tower man was drunk or had been drinking the maker and the seller of this illicit booze are guilty of murder. It will avail the enemies of prohibition nothing to at tempt to charge this crime to the prohibition law. It is not the law which is at fault but violation of the law which caused the damage. It emphasizes the fact that liquor whether manufactured and sold illegally or legally U a menace. Had the liquor which figures in this trag edy been purchased over a licensed saloon bar it would have been just as potent in its ability to befuddle the brain of the tower man and to impair his judgment. The tragedy calls not for the letting down of the pro hibition bars making liquor more easily accessible but for the more rigid enforcement of the prohibition law. If the pli3rsicans' testimony is correct, alcohol is the real murderer in this case. It’s Dryer Than Ever All along the line of the prohibition fight in America, with registration of constant advances for temperance re form, the opponents of such reform refused to accept the situation. As each advance was made, they declared that it was all very well, but that at the next opportunity for the recording of public sentiment, the tide was sure to turn. Even with the adoption of constitutional prohibition, the hope of the opposing forces kept vernal. The time would come, they said, when the people would rise up and put out prohibition. The answer to that declaration has been registered in every session of Congress, every executive action, every Supreme Court pronouncement, every election, and the situation is that America is dryer than ever before. Preceding the election just passed, the wets saw, or claimed they saw, an unmistakable ground swelling* for liberalizing the Volstead act. But when the votes were counted, it was found that Congress was dryer than ever, and that the drys have made a gain of lour Sena tors and twelve Representatives. Why, here is the truth of the whole matter: First, America would never have had prohibition unless the people wanted it. Second, even if the people fooled themselves into adopting something they did not want, though they thought they wanted it, they would imme diately have turned about and cast the undesirable thing out. Instead, however, they keep up what, in such a sit uation, would be an incredibly foolish thing—the elec tion of dry law-makers and executives. The people rule. The people speak. The people are for prohibition United States and Ontario A few' months ago the columns of the newspapers were filled with results of the voting in several Canadian provinces, and comment appeared in many papers to the effect that the results in those provinces indicated a turn in the tide of prohibition. The policy, it was said, had proven a dismal failure in the Dominion, wherever tried. All this was coupled with wet stories to the elTect, first, that one or both of the major political parties in the United States would declare tor modification of the prohibition laws, and, perhaps, nominate wet presiden tial candidates, and, second, that there was such a pop ular demand for beer aand wine as to make sure the election of a congress pledged to liberalize the law. All th is was good for foreign wet consumption, and it was consumed with as much gusto and enjoyment as a delectable piece of cheese is consumed by an undisturbed mouse. But the political parties made no wet platform dec larations and nominated no wet standard hearers. Nom inees for Senate and House were, in most instances dry. Then came Ontario and voted to retain its temperance act. And then, on November d, the people of the United States, l»yr heavy majorities, decided to elect a Congress dryer than ever. Looks to a man up a tree as if wet forecasters of the earth should withdraw themselves into a hole somewhere and pull the hole in after them. The election in Ontario has paved the way for a dry Dominion, and the election in the United States has shown t.'e world that the leader of the nations is satisfied, and abundantly satisfied, with prohibition. The South African Dry Prospects Since the recent South African parliamentary elections, the drys down there have been studying to find out where they arc and find the prospects for local option better than they anticipated at first. Of the 135 members of Parliament elected, a canvass shows the following results: For local option . 67 Against local option . 56 Doubtful . 12 Of the doubtful ones, one was formerly ?. subscriber to dry funds but who refused to classify himself in the recent elections. Another has incurred the enmity of the liquor trade by trying to bring about a minimum wage in the trade which would practically eliminate the colored labor. A couple others are “hopeful” for one reason or another. Too much importance, however, should not be laid upon the above figures, for the reason that some of these classified as “for” local option, want to "be fair” and attach a compensation provision that would not be ac ceptable to ti e dry interests. The drys are now waging a campaign of education in preparation for the forthcoming session of the new Parliament. Have You Thought of This ? Did it ever occur to you that if there are persistent violations of the dry law in your community you are to blame, as well as your officials? If you know of such violations, it is your duty to report them and to see to it that your local officers act. If you know of a thief in your neighborhood you would not hesitate to bring about his arrest. The man who sells liquor contrary to law is as bad as a thief. He is a law breaker, and it is your duty to notify the authorities and insist that they act. Unless you do so you are at least morally guilty of being an accessory. WHAT WE GOT FOR OUR SALOONS (Evangeline Booth) Sine-.* prohibition saloons have given place to automo bile salesrooms, day nurseries, barber shops and stores. Payday, instead of dreaded day because of the saloon, is now a “glad day.” In our great capital city there were in one year be fore prohibition 180 husbands committed for non-sup port but only 18 in 1921. Prohibition does prohibit and the wets know every time they slake their thirst with a forbiJden beverage they arc breaking the law. No man objects lo the denial of his liberty to steal. Therefore he should intelligently accept the application of this same principle to that of the house-breaking, home-destroying, child-abusing, business-wrecking thief, alcohol. Drink has hung too much crepe already. Any promises made by the old wet interests can be discounted at least 99 per cent.