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The American issue. [volume] (Westerville, Ohio) 1912-19??, November 28, 1924, Image 5

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EVILS OF PROHIBITION
(Los Angeles Times)
Stand up, prohibition, and answer to the following in
dictment and accept judgment on the truth or falsity of
the charges:
You are in the first place accused of being responsible
to a great extent for the problem of congested traffic
that is today the bugbear of every large city government
in America. Since the United States went dry the auto
mobile industry lias flourished here to such an extent
that nearly 80 per cent of the motor cars in the world
arc owned and driven by Americans. Had you not abol
ished the saloon and diverted the millions of dollars from
the drink traffic to the street traffic we might still be
staggering on in our cups instead of trundling along in
our cars.
You arc also charged with the appalling attendance of
a pleasure-loving people at the thousands of motion
picture theaters. To such an extent have you contrib
uted to the dependency of the American family on the
bright lights along film row that today the United States
has an almost world-wide monopoly on the producing
of moving pictures^ Fathers of families who once spent
their evenings and their wages at the corner saloon now
escort their wives and children to the nearest picture the
ater. Thus you have made Hollywood possible and
greatly worried many minds with the question of public
censorship.
Another evil to be laid indirectly to your influence is
the overcrowding of our schools and universities. Boys
and girls, whose fathers were financially unable to give
them an education in the good old beer and whisky days,
are now attending the higher halls of learning and
scholarship. These arc democratizing our classic stand
ards and robbing the university of its once-chcrished tra
dition of exclusiveness besides increasing the burdens
of our teachers and professors.
Again you arc indicted for aiding and abetting extrav
agance in the personal habits of our dc-alcoholized cit
izenry. Millions of people, who, never before had an
extra dollar, today have surplus money In the handling
of which they have little experience. Through the joy
afforded by such unexpected prosperity the boys and
girls of the nation have entered an era of jazz and merri
ment and open frolic that was impossible in the former
wet period, when husbands and brothers took their revels
in masculine inebriety over pots of Pilsencr and three
fingers of straight whisky behind accommodating swing
ing doors.
Finally you have incurred the animosity of the inter
nationalists by increasing the efficiency of American la
bor so that the European, worker, freed from these
shackles on his personal liberty, finds the world’s mar
kets are being gradually absorbed by bis Yankee com
petitors. Moreover, in making American conditions so
attractive you have caused bitter resentment in the heart
of the alien who longs to he admitted to partake in the
rigors and restrictions demanded of him by our Eight
eenth Amendment. In addition you have produced the
paradox that foreigners who declaim your interference
with “personal liberty” are breaking their necks to enter
the land where that “personal liberty” is denied them.
One more count. By enabling a multitude to invest
money in homes and' city lots, money that previously
was absorbed by the licensed liquor interests, you have
created a boom in real estate—especially in Los Angeles
—causing excitement and confusion and so creating a
new form of intoxication.
Gentlemen of the jury, you have heard the case against
the defendant. Is there any punishment you can devise
commensurate with the enormity of his many offenses?
LAW ENFORCEMENT
(Slreator Free Press)
Violators of the prohibition laws in the past three years
have had jail sentences amounting to seven thousand
years imposed upon them. There have been 177,000 ar
rests and thirty-nine millions gallons of liquor have been
seized. Eleven hundred automobiles carrying liquor
have been confiscated and forty-four booze ships have
been taken. Over seventeen million dollars in fines have
been collected from the $18,000,000 fines imposed.
These figures are staggering in size and give an idea
of the tremendous effort which is being made to enforce
the Eighteenth Amendment. There is criticism which
often seems just that proper effort is not being made to
enforce this prohibition law, but these figures would in
dicate that the censure is not entirely justified.
In Streator there seems to be more wholesale disre
gard for the prohibition law than in other cities, and
local people get the idea that the same situation exists
throughout the country. There may he some special
reason why the law is not enforced here as elsewhere,
but the Free Press does not believe the situation is any
different.
The booze runners and peddlers will cease their activi
ties as they realize there is an honest intention to en
force the law, and after they analyze the above figures
furnished by Prohibition Commissioner Haynes they
will realize they are in a losing game.
$15,094.50 IS TURNED OVER TO SCHOOL FUND
(Ladil Herald)
Miss Mary L. Uthoff, County Superintendent of
Schools, has received from Charles A. Simmington,
County Treasurer, the sum of $15,064.50 in excess of
the expenses of his office for the year ending July 1, 1924.
Under the law, as it has been since July 1, 1912, it is
the duty of the State’s Attorney to collect all fees, fines,
forfeitures and penalties and pay the sum so collected
directly into the county treasury. It is the duty of the
County Treasurer to create a special fund of such money
so paid in, which special fund is paid out and distributed
by the County Treasurer under the law as follows:
1. He shall pay the salary of the State’s Attorney and
all assistant state’s attorneys.
2. lie shall pay the salaries of all lawful employes of
the State’s Attorney.
3. He shall pay all lawful expenses of the State’s At
torney's office.
4. He shall retain an amount sufficient to pay all of
such salaries and expenses then due, and also an
amount sufficient to pay one quarterly payment of
such salaries and of schools.
5. He shall pay the balance then remaining to County
Superintendent of Schools.
The amount so received by the County Superintend
ent of Schools shall be by such superintendent turned
into and becomes part of the distributal school fund of
said county, to be by said superintendent distributed as
now provided by law in relation to said distributable
school fund.
The County Treasurer makes iq> his books and makes
settlement as of July 1 of each year.
This is the second distribution which the County
Superintendent of Schools of Bureau county has had
since July 1, 1912, when the present law went into c/Tcct.
Before July 1, 1923, the County Treasurer had not been
able to turn over to the County Superintendent of
Schools any excess earnings. Under the administration
of the present State’s Attorney, Carey K. Johnson, a
reserve has been built up and the County Treasurer of
July 1, retained as required by law an amount sufficient to
pay the salaries and expenses of the State’s Attorney’s
office then due, and also an amount sufficient to take
care of the quarterly payment of such salaries and ex
penses.
The State’s Attorney pays no bills himself. The pay
ments of his office arc paid by the County Treasurer
upon bills presented to and approved by the Board of
Supervisors. Included in the expenses of the State’s
Attorney’s office are the expenses of all investigations
employed to secure evidence of violation of the Illinois
prohibition act so that the above sum of $15,604.50 is
the net sum remaining after the County Treasurer has
paid all the expenses of the State’s Attorney’s office and
kept back a fund sufficient to pay one quarter’s addi
tional expenses.
This amount has been placed to the credit of the Dis
tributive Fund. Section 14 of the School Law provides
that upon the receipt of the amount due the county from
the state school fund the County Superintendent shall
apportion the same, together with other funds held for
distribution.
VOICE FROM THE TOMB
(Danville Commercial-News)
An organization operating under the name of The Na
tional Association Opposed to Prohibition announces
that it is about to inaugurate a vigorous campaign to
defeat members of Congress and of the Legislature from
wet districts who vote dry. As a first step, it is an
nounced, the association has compiled and is about to
publish in pamphlet form the prohibition records of the
members of Congress from Illinois and the members of
the state Legislature in 1919, 1921 and 1922. The rec
ords of about three hundred fifty representatives will be
covered by this publication.
The purpose of the association seems not to attack
directly the prohibition amendment to the Constitution
of the United States, but to procure tlie repeal of the
Volstead act and such state laws as have been enacted
to aid in the enforcement of prohibition. . . .
The saloon is as dead as human slavery or as the tor
tures of the inquisition. Civilization advances slowly,
but it ever advances—never takes a step backward. The
American people have advanced more rapidly than have
the peoples of the old world. This is true in regard to
education, of labor legislation, of suffrage, of religion, of
civic righteousness, and of temperance. And in no in
stance have any of these reforms lost ground, but on the
contrary they are making new conquests and adding
greater blessings to the nation every hour. The Amer
ican people having deliberately destroyed the saloon, and
in doing so freed themselves of mankind’s most virulent
plague, will never restore the vice, the degradation, the
poverty and the desolate homes that invariably followed
in the wake of the old-time American liar.
This association declares that the Volstead act is anti
( hristian, and calls Christ to the witness stand to prove,
it. Such contemptible sacrilege is in entire keeping with
the spirit and the purpose> of the movement and the
men behind it. Rather than invade the sanctity of
heaven in search ot evidence, w hy not summon the wives
and children of the husbands and fathers whom the
saloon dragged down to destitution and disgrace? They
know. __
ONTARIO STAYS DRY
(Rockford R eg i s t cr- Uaz et t c )
The great province of Ontario, Canada, has voted dry
again. A most determined onslaught by the wets has
been thrown back at the polls by a considerable ma
jority.
'I'hc situation over the border is much the same as it
is in the United States. The wet strength in Ontario
was decisive in the city districts; the rural districts stand
revealed as rigidly dry.
The rural resident sees more clearly the benefits of the
dry regime, its dividends in health and prosperity, its
economical power. The teeming centers of population
are heedless; it is there where law is the most frequently
flouted and false standards of living are raised. Where
law is most respected the vote is dry.
'1'iie proposition which the Ontario drys resisted suc
cessfully was the sale of liquor by government control,
1 be dry knows that the government “store” can work
quite as much misery as the old saloon. The results are
the same whatever the means of distribution. The ver
dict in Ontario will hearten the drys on this side of the
line in their unyielding tight for enforcement of the
statute which is making America a richer and a happier
nation, the envy of all others.
AMERICA HEADED FOR WORLD SUPREMACY
Geo. McGinnis
l'or centuries England has been the great work shop
of the world. The roar of her furnaces, the clang of
her hammers, the whirr of her machinery, the shriek of
her factory whistles have made the hum of industries in
other nations pale into insignificance.
The sails of her commerce have whitened the waters
of all the oceans as they carried her manufactured
goods into every land. Do you wonder that on an area
about the size of Illinois she supports a population of
forty million that have grown rich in industrial pur
suits?
But the leadership of England in manufactured goods
is slipping from her hands, for America is supplanting
her ns the great workshop of the world.
The statisticians, in seeking an explanation for the in
crease in factories and the constantly advancing su
periority of American workmen attribute it largely to
prohibition. It simply stands to reason that when work
men substitute milk for booze that the brain is normal,
the eye clearer, the nerve steadier, the hand surer and
the workman more efficient and there is far less time
lost by sickness. In other words, America, through
prohibition, is economizing her greatest asset—human
resources. The nation that wastes the least of its man
power will outstrip in production, prosperity and general
advancement every nation that devitalizes its people
w ith booze.
“Rome, Greece and Carthage, where are U\cy?
Gone glimmering thru the lapse of things that were
A school hoy’s talc, the wonder of an hour.”
In seeking the cause of their decay we find the prime
factor in removing them from leadership in the world
and casting them on the scrap pile ol nations was booze.
America is headed for world supremacy and as
America goes so goes the world.

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