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The American Issue ILLINOIS EDITION Volume XX WESTERVILLE. OHIO. JANUARY 9. 1925 Number 1 ENFORCEMENT NEWS AND VARIOUS VIEWS FINES NO DETERRENT (Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune Manifestly, the public is not satisfied with the mere assessment of fines. If the bootlegger's vocation is half as lucrative as it is represented in the press to be, then the mere assessment of money dam ages will not be a deterrent. Peniten tiary sentences are the only method cap . able of coping with the menace of rum running. PROHIBITION RECORDS (Dearborn Independent) “Light wines” put France at the bot tom of the list in the Olympic games, with 26p2 points, while the prohibition United States led the list with 255 points. Prohibition Finland won 166 points, while “personal liberty” Great Britain won only 85^2 points. CURE THE DEFECT (Indianapolis News) Prohibition enforcement, as arc many A other government undertakings, is suf fering from the spoils system. The de fects can be cured by divorcing appoint ments from politics. BETTING YOUR LIFE ( Nashv41U» - TnanesseanJ _ When you buy bootleg booze you arc wagering your life on the truth and judg ment of a man who is willing to stake his own liberty against the chance of making a few dollars. THEY’LL SELL ANYTHING (Elizabeth (New Jersey) Journal) The man who is rotten enough at heart to violate the laws in peddling the stuff, will sell to his customer anything the cus tomer is fool enough to buy and pay for. It might be reasonably pure liquor one < day, and on the next day be of another quality. The bootlegger isn’t going to worry about the effect of the liquor on his customer. TOUCH NOT. TASTE NOT (Pontiac (111.) Leader) The only safe rule, particularly during the holiday season, is to buy no alcoholic liquor, give none, accept none, drink i none. The real Christmas spirit, any way, lias nothing to do with alcohol. EVIDENCE THAT PROHIBITION DOES PROHIBIT “Thirteen years ago I attended a Labor Day parade in Terre Haute. Probably one-third of the crowd was under the in fluence of liquor. Ten years later I at tended another and saw not one person ^ who appeared to be intoxicated. That is my answer to those who ask whether prohibition prohibits." — Prof. Charles Zimmerman, Terra Haute Conference. FAMOUS FOOTBALL COACH GIVES OPINION “I have been a total abstainer all my life. During the past thirty years I have been connected, as player and coach, with college athletes. I know' the evil effects of alochol on the moral and physical life GOING! GOING! (Elgin Courier) The Elgin lee & 'leverage Co. plant, machinery of which was re block, according to the publication agents, is to go on the auction blocg, according to the publication of legal notices. The sale of the property is advertised for January 17 by Frank A. McCarthy, trustee, in the foreclosure matter. GONE (News-Dispatch) Joliet. 111., Dec. 4.—If any one doubts the Volstead Act is in oper ation, local citizens point out the E. Porter Brewery here. A year ago the brewery was appraised at $250,000. Now junk dealers are carrying away the wreckage of it left by federal agents operation un der order of Federal Judge Wil kerson, who decreed the dismant ling of the plant after its owner was convicted of ignoring the Vol stead Act and continuing the man ufacture of beer. of anyone who uses it. I have never ob served any good from the use of it. I would not waste time trying to train or develop one who uses alcohol. A boy or young man who drinks does not give him self a fair chance.”—Fielding (“Hurry up”) Yost, football coach, University of Michigan. POOL HALL OWNERS WANT BOOZE KEPT OUT “Warning! Drink your booze where you buy it! Any person found on these premises with liquor in his possession will be immediately arrested and prosecuted by the Illinois Billiard Association. Our inspectors arc watching every place, as we intend to stop this violation of the law in billiard rooms. Keep out of here with your poison!’’—Warning placard issued to Billiard Hall Proprietors who are members of Illinois Billiard Association. CUT BAIT OR QUIT (Pittsfield (111.) Times The excuse so often offered by law of ficials that if you want law violators pun ished, furnish the proof, is no excuse at all. An officer takes an oath when he en ters on his duties to enforce the law and obey the Constitution, and if he fails to keep this solemn obligation the best thing for him to do is to resign. CONCENTRATED TRUTH (Sterling (111.) Gazette) The men who sell booze would sell con centrated lye if they thought they could get away with it. That is how honest they arc. Any man who is fool enough to believe anything a bootlegger tells him needs a guardian. . BOOTLEGGER STAMPED AS CROOK “The idea of accepting a crook’s word as to his product is nonsense. The labels on present alcoholic concoctions are fairy (Continued on Page 8) THE COURTS AND THE DRY LAW OFFENDERS FIRST OFFENDERS GET JAIL (Elgin Courier, Dee. 27) Charles Claeyssen, of Harvard, was given six months in jail and fined $100, and August Hildebrandt, also of Har vard, was given 60 days in jail and fined $900 by Judge Barnes in county court in Woodstock this afternoon for violation of the prohibition laws. Both men were classed as first offenders. AN IMPORTANT DECISION (Taylorvillc, 111., Courier) Peoria, HI., Nov. 4.—Prohibition law enforcement officials gained a far-reach ing victory in federal court here when Judge Louis FitzHenry ruled against the return of liquor seized at the home of Randolph Waugh. In searching for liquor stolen from the Corning distillery, officers located tea ten-gallon kegs in Waugh’s cellar. Waugh claimed the liquor was given him by a brother and could not be taken because no effort had been made to sell it or use it illegally'. Judge FitzHenry ruled the whisky had been transported illegally and should be destroyed. PENITENTIARY PROMISED SEC OND OFFENDERS (Waukegan (111.) Sun) Speedy justice for McHenry county prohibition law violators is promised by States Attorney A. H. Pouse of that county. “After this," he said, “second offenders of the prohibition law are not going to get off with a fine or county jail sen tence. They' are going to be sent to the penitentiary'. Maybe that will convince them that every law, including the prohi PAYING THE PRICE OF LIQUOR LAWLESSNESS John Rose, Crystal Lake bowling alley proprietor, was recently sentenced by Judge Barnes in county court to pay a fine of $800 and serve sixty days in the county jail. ' • Abe Berman, of Belvidere, was given a $500 fine and a year in the penitentiary by Judge Reynolds of the circuit court in Boone county. Max Steineck, found guilty by a fed eral jury, was fined $500 and sentenced to serve a YEAR in the county jail by Judge FitzHenry at Peoria. Hiram Levin, Ashton junk dealer, was fined $1,000 and sentenced to serve 180 days in the county jail by County Judge John B. Crabtree. Otto Kranz, of Half Day, Lake county, must pay a $500 fine and spend four months in the county jail for violating an injunefion restraining him from selling liquor. Clem Smith, of Bushnell, will spend 300 days in jail and pay a $500 fine for Selling liquor. bition statute, is going to be upheld in this county.’’ UNITED STATES JUDGE ORDERS BREWERY DESTROYED (Special dispatch, Philadelphia North American) Judge Schoonniakcr, of the United States district court for western Penn sylvania, in an order handed down, has directed the destruction of the property and material of the Valley Brewing Com pany, at Suterville, Westmoreland coun ty The order is the most drastic that has been handed down in a prohibition ease. It affects a plant valued at $200,00(1 and sets a precedent for Pennsylvania. In the past such cases have been closed by sale on order of court. HEAVY SENTENCE FOR DRY LAW VIOLATOR In the federal court, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Judge Martin J. Wade recently imposed the most drastic sentence in the history of the enforcement of the prohi bition law in Iowa, when he sent George Papst to the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, for two years on a charge of conspiracy to violate the Na tional Prohibition Act. A fine of $2,000 uho was imposed. SOME SEVERE FINES (California Liberator) Federal Judge Partridge in San Fran cisco has inaugurated a policy that will go far to smother the cheerful defiance of the law by liquor-lotifig guests. Three business men found with liquor in cafes have been given the limit—a fine of $500 each. MUST REMOVE SCREENS No screens, no curtains which interfere with the view from tlie street, tto tables back of monster ice boxes, no card play ing and no music from midnight Satur day to midnight Sunday is the gist of an order issued by the city to proprietors of soft drink places in Danville. (Continued on Page 8) IT’S A LOSING GAME Aye, There's the Rub Case The brewery machinery for which Fred Rub, former Joliet sa loonkeeper, spent many thousand dollars in the hope that it would iticrcase his investment an hun dred-fold, was sold today at pub lic auction to the Lincoln Crushed Stone Company, Patterson road, for $1,635. Besides paying out approximate ly $5,000 in fines and costs Rub stands to lose an additional $25, 000 which is represented in the value of the rural beer plant that has been confiscated by the county. It has been estimated that the ma chinery, supplies and cost of instal lation and construction for the ‘‘barnyard” brewery amounts to approximately $25,000.