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AN ADVOtATH OF CHRI8TIA.N PATRIOTISM ILLINOIS EDITION T'-urd bl weekly except during (he month of August hy THE AMERICAN ISSUE PUBLISHING CO. 130 South State Street. Westerville, Ohio T11E ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE OK ILLINOIS 1200 Security Uldg., Chicago ERNEST II. CIl ERR I NOTON, Editor O. (5. CHRISTGAU, Illinois Editor Publication Office—Weatot title, Ohio Illinois Ofbick—-1200 Security Bldg., Chicago Entered us second class matter nt the postoBico at Westerville, O., under Aet of March 3. 1870 Notick to Pcrtmasticks—Ail j-orm notices for change of ad dress or discontinuance and all undellveruble paper pertaining to the Illinois Edition of Tub Amfrican Iknuk should h** addressed to the Illinois Editor, 1200 Security Bldg., Chicago, Illinois. Trice, $1.00 per Year Make subscriptions payable to the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois, 1200 Security lildg.. Chicago, HI. ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE OK AMERICA National Officbrs President—Bishop Thomas Nicholson, D.D., LL P. Detroit, Mich. General Superintendent-—Dr. P. Scott MePRinc. Westerville, Ohio Associate General Superintendent—-K. .L Moobk, Westerville, Ohio Treasurer Poster Copulaxn, Columbus. Ohio A NT I - S A LOON LEAGUE OK ILLINOIS Headquarters, 1200 Security Bldg., Chicago Sta n: Officers President—W. W. Bennett, Rockford. Vice Presidents—Will U. Otwell. Carllnvlllc; J. P. McUgar. Mo line; Alfred T. Capps, Jacksonville; K. O, Wilson, Mt. Carmel; A. J. Scrogin, Lexington. Secretary -John R. Golden, Decatur. Treasurer—Thomas J. Bolger, Chicago. Headquarters Committee -Charles E. Coleman. Chairman, Chi cago; M. P. Boynton. Secretary. Chicago; John R. Golden. Pe catur; John Hudin, Chicago; John 11. Hauberg. Rock Island; Oeorgo H. Wilson, Quincy; Thos. J. Bolger, Chicago; W. W. Bennett, Bishop Edwin 11. Hughes, Chicago; John E. George, Springfield. State Superintendent Prank B. Ebbert, 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. Christgau ; Woman's Department, Mrs. G. M. Matties. District Superintendents—North Side Chicago, C. E. Peterson; South Side Chicago. J. A. Little; Northwest Side Chicago, War ren G. Jones; Southwest Side Chicago, .1. W. Langley; North ern. Goo. McGinnis, Chicago; Northeastern. II. H. Rood. Chi cago; Eastern, N. It. Johnson, Springlield; Western. G. W. James, Galesburg; Central. Geo. II. Yule, Springlield; Southern, Leo Howard, East St. Louis. Business Manager—B. W. Ewing, Chicago. Field Attorney—Jas. H. Panskin. Field Worker— C. K. Dowdell. Scandinavian Work- C. J. Andreen. FRIDAY, N<)VEMBER 28, 1924 ~ _ ■■ .7~~-,-:-- • -~r.:^=r= Enforcement in Cook County "Cook county is going to be dry and moral for the next four years," State’s Attorney Robert E. Crowe de clared last night. “Every saloon and disreputable joint in the county is going to be closed. It’s the end for liquor, beer and vice.”—Chicago Tribune, Nov. 25, 1924. If Spate’s Attorney Crowe uses the power given to him by the Illinois prohibition act he can go a long way towards making good on the above declaration. The newspapers report that squads of investigators trom the state’s attorney’s office have been touring the county since the latest murder in the Chicago gang warfare. This is in accordance with the law which provides that it shall he the duty of the state’s attorney to secure evi dence of violations of the Illinois prohibition act and to prosecute. In quite a number of counties outside of Cook, state’s attorneys have successfully enforced prohi bition by employing special investigators in accordance vth the provisions of the Illinois prohibition act. The above expressed decision of State’s Attorney Crowe to take an active part in prohibition enforcement by using his power under the law to gather evidence, instead of merely prosecuting upon evidence secured from other sources, should prove to be one of the most decisive moves against liquor lawlessness since Mayor I'ever started his enforcement drive. But it w ill be necessary for all enforcement agencies to cooperate in the use (V the legal power they have to put down law lessness. The federal forces have done much good work with the men and facilities under their command. District Attorney Olson and his assistants, State Di rector Owen, Chief Field Officer Yursell, and the federal judges have reached a high degree of efficiency in se curing evidence, prosecuting successfully, and punishing bootleggers with jail sentences in addition to padlocking lawless joints. Mayor Dover and Chief Collins are un relenting in their firm determination to use all the power they have to enforce the law. With aggressive action by the county officials in cooperation with the federal and city officials there is no doubt that Cook county can lie cleaned up. In addition to the use of investigators by the state’s attorney, the following steps will bring results: 1. The county board should appropriate money to hire £ additional deputy sheriffs and an adequate force of inves tigators to operate under the direction of the state's at torney. Appropriations are made by the county board in December. Anton Cermak, president of the county board, can insure passage of the needed appropriations if he so desires. See section 26 of the Illinois prohibition act. 2. Evidence secured by deputy sheriffs and the state’s attorney’s investigators should be used by the state’s at torney to close all liquor selling joints by the injunction process under cither the Illinois prohibition act or the Volstead act. See section 22 of the Illinois prohibition act and section 22 of the Volstead act. Jail sentences should be recommended by the state’s attorney for all persons found guilty of violating the pro hibition laws. Under the Illinois prohibition act sen tences of six months can be imposed for a first offense and for subsequent convictions the penalty must be a penitentiary sentence of at least one year. See section .33 of the Illinois prohibition act. 4. The Chicago newspapers should print the records of all judges in prohibition enforcement cases naming those who impose insignificant fines instead of real punishment in the form of jail sentences. It has been demonstrated again and again that the spot light of publicity can arouse responsible officials to act. No official, regardless of how callous he appears to be toward lawlessness, enjoys being publicly held responsible for bloodshed. The newspapers of Chicago can easily * contribute the deciding factor towards the suppression of lawlessness, by pointing out by name just what officials have the power to uphold the law and reporting to the public specific instances of failure by these officials to do their duty. Enforcement Pays Fines and penalties resulting from prosecutions of liquor law violators benefited the schools of Bureau county to the extent of $15,094.50. In Lake county an other recent distribution of funds collected by the state’s attorney chiefly from prohibition prosecutions gave $12, 927 jto the public schools. In numerous other counties the school fund has been increased at the cost of boot leggers who have been prosecuted and penalized. Pub lic funds for educational purposes are but a by-product of prohibition enforcement. They are by no means one of the objectives o fenforcement. The chief reason for aggressive action against liquor violators is to suppress the intoxicating liquor traffic. The fact that it pays to enforce the law simply demonstrates that lawlessness can be made to pay for its own destruction. It proves tiiat enforcement is not an additional burden upon tax payers but a burden upon those who violate the law. Unlocking Doors For Criminals The numerous murders of law-breaking gunmen in Chicago are frequently cited to illustrate the destruction of the lawless through lawlessness. To many it seems appropriate that murderers should be murdered. The illustration has a lesson not only for murderers but for many others as well. For instance, buyers of bootleg liquor have no right to complain if they arc compelled to suffer through the violation of other laws. Those who throw open wide the doors of law and order to enjoy personal liberty should not complain when law-breakers come in through the open door. Newspaper Prosperity of Bootleggers From metropolitan newspapers one gains the impres sion that nearly all bootleggers are millionaires. Dean O’Banion, reported to be one of the most wealthy, was recently shot in a Chicago gang war. He left an estate of only $15,000, according to a petition for letters of ad ministration filed in the probate court. Another boot legger rated at several millions by the newspapers had trouble to secure the amount of his fine after he was sen tenced to the bridewell in Chicago. No doubt many who make a business of violating prohibition laws gain con siderable money but very few of them accumulate great fortunes such as some newspapers describe as the fruits of careers of crime. And whatever money is made in this criminal business is not worth the price that must be paid sooner or later. The editors w ho decry crime in their editorial columns should try to influence the news reporters on their papers to tell the real truth about criminals instead of picturing them as creatures of ease, luxury and fabulous wealth. It can be said of bootleg booze that, fike Herod, it kills quickly and the agony is soon over. Another Wet Argument Smashed More drinking than ever? Then why not reopen the saloons? If they are drinking more now than they did while the saloons were open it must be that saloons de creased drinking. Accordingly the more saloons there are the less dryiking there will be. But not even the Chicago Tribune or the Association Opposed to the Prohibition Amendment favors (publicly) tbe reopening of the old-time saloon. They all know that there really is less drinking now than there was while the saloons were open. To say that there is more drinking now than ever is mere senseless fanaticism that fades into silliness upon analysis. Statistics Prove Beer Decrease During 1924, according to the records of the United States Department of Agriculture, four million pounds of hops were consumed by brewers in the manufacture of cereal beverages. Ten years ago the breweries were an nually consuming about forty-five million pounds of hops. At that time the country was importing considerably larger quantities of hops than is now being used for all purposes according to government records. This does not bear out the statement that there is more beer con sumed now than ever. It may be argued that hops are used by home brew’ers instead of commercial krewers. But the government figures show’ that twenty-four mil lion pounds of hops were exported during 1924 while imports had declined to 791,174, compared with imports of about eleven million pounds a year, before prohibition. This is quite conclusive proof that compared with the old days very little beer is being manufactured in this country. It is only the alcohol fanatics who, in the face of both statistics and common observation, persist in the argument that there is more drinking than ever. Stadiums Versus Saloons During the season just closed greater crowds attended football games all over the country than ever before. There can be no doubt that prohibition has contributed greatly to the increased popularity of football and other outdoor sports. Leisure time formerly spent by thou sands drinking in saloons is now spent in the open air. Baseball managers testify that prohibition has vastly in creased attendance at their games. During the past year many large universities have dedicated new stadiums built to take care of the greatly increased crowds at foot ball games. Last year the University of Illinois dedi cated a stadium that scats about seventy thousand. Next year the University of Chicago will build a new stadium with more than twice the capacity of the present struc ture. At the recent elections citizens of Chicago voted for a three million dollar bond issue to complete the sta dium in Grant Fark near the center of the city. It is expected that the Grant Park stadium will pay for itself and produce a surplus for general park purposes. Closed saloons and open stadiums are bringing marvelous bene fits to the people of this country. The public saloons lured thousands to drunkenness, disease, crime and death. Stadiums bring fresh air, exercise, clean sport and good health to thousands. They say that men can not be made good by law. P.ut a lawr which substitutes the Stadium for the saloon for many thousands is doing a great deal of good. The impetus prohibition has given to outdoor sports is contributing immeasurably to the health, strength, and well being of America. POISONED LIQUORS (Springfield Journal) The dry United States is not the only country that suffers from poisoned alcoholic liquors. Down in wet Argentine,'makers of such drinks have been discovered mixing in a little strychnine and other violent poisons to give the alcohol added kicking qualities. A Hood of popular indignation has been loosed by the revelations. So the report goes, the public, for its own safety, has taken to ice cream and candies. In our own saloon days, poisoned liquor was sold freely from the licensed bar, much more in fact than is sold today by the bootlegging route. But at that time little was made of it. Today it is an important subject with the force of the federal government directed to its suppression. The National W. C. T. U. has had a great convention i”. Chicago, but then the W. C. T. U. is a great or ganization.