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/8VH8 n 3 MI . JUL 8 1927 -w
PROHIBITION ENFORCEMENT CREATES RESPECT FOR ALL LAWS PROHIBITION NEWS AND COMMENT OF INTER EST TO DRY IAW OBSERVERS M rs. Mabel Walker Willebrandt is bc» ing considered for appointment to the fed eral court of southern California. She ■would be a great success as our first fed eral woman judge, but she is needed for the work that she is doing now as assist ant U. S. Attorney General, in charge of prohibition prosecutions. General counsel for the Anhcuser Busch Brewing Company recently called at the White House and protested against com petition of real beer from Canada which he claimed has wiped out the market for legitimate near-beer. This is mostly Busch publicity engineered by some of the shrewdest publicity men in America. But there is an argument in it against light beer and wine. Unless the light beer the wets desire legalized is intoxi cating cannot compete u'.u the C^i.a dian beer according to the Busch idea. If it is intoxicating it cannot be sold legally tinder the 18th Acmndment which will not be repealed. So there A member of the New York legislature has introduced a resolution calling tor a special election to submit the question of modifying enforcement legislation to per mit the sale of light wines and beer. A notorious old time saloon on the west side in Chicago formerly known as the “Bucket of Blood” has- been trans formed into an Episcopal church. Rows of pews and an alter have replaced the bar and other saloon fixtures. The sign in front reads “Church of the Resurrec tion.” The parish is under the supervision of the Rev. David E. Gibson. Dr. T. M. Doron, chief of the Indus trial Alcohol and Chemical division of the prohibition unit, has stated that no per mits for the manufacture of medicinal whisky will be granted for at least six years. Present stores amounting to about twenty million gallons are expected to last for ten or twelve years. Manu facture may be resumed, however, in time to permit the aging of medicinal whisky for at least four years. Drys in Ireland are considering the cir culation of a referendum on the question oi providing that places in which liquor is sold must sell intoxicants exclusively. Mexican drys predict that their country will be dry in a few years. The import ant state of San Luis Potosi is dry and its governor compares his state to Kan sas. In Oaxaca, with a population of one million, only five saloons remain. Yuca tan has local option and many of its towns are dry. Sonora, once dry, is ex pected to go dry again. The -president of Mexico, Plutarco Elias Callcs, is regarded as a dry. Organized labor in Mexico is favorable to prohibition. Labor leaders there rightly consider prohibition a favor to the working man instead of a discrim ination gainst him. (Continued on Page 2) PERSONAL PROHIBITION EXAMPLE TO BE SET BY OLSON (Chicago Evening American) Following the lead of President Coolidge in Washington, United States District Attorney Edwin A. Olson today set the pace of up rightness in office in Chicago by declaring for “personal prohibi tion.” “I am absolutely in accord with President Coolidgc’s attitude,” he said. “Public officials must set good examples for the public to ft How. “There can he no general prohi bition in this country before there is ‘personal prohibition.’ Every public office holder should ‘practice what he preaches.’ ” NOTORIOUS VIOLATORS FORMERLY IMMUNE MEET WATERLOO IN BREAKING LIQUOR LAW Every Other Law Held in Supreme Contempt by Boss Lawbreakers Who Must Bow Before Justice When Dry Laws Are Broken DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND U. S. COURTS SHOW CRIME NOT CAUSED BY POLICE DRIVE ON BOOZE Enforcement Fight Reveals How Booze Politics Helps Criminals and Leads Way Toward Respect for All Laws Prohibition is increasing respect for law. Not only for the 18th Amendment but for all law. Recently district attorney Edwin A. Olson publicly declared in Chi cago that criminals would rather be pros ecuted for murder in the state courts than face trial for a common liquor law viola tion in the federal courts. To illustrate and prove this point Mr. Olson quoted the case of Prank ivfiller who committed rob bery with a gun, was arrested, tried, and discharged in the state courts. He would have gone free but for prohibition. It happened that the commodity he stole at the point of a gun was intoxicating liq uor. Accordingly, Frank Miller was tried in the federal courts on exactly the same evidence by precisely the same wit nesses and sent to the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth for a term of five years in addition to a ten thousand dollar fine assessed against him after his conviction and was upheld by the United States dis trict court of appeals. In this case the criminal had no respect for other laws which he evaded without difficulty. But he was compelled to respect the prohibi tion law. Tiie example of his successful prosecution for prohibition violation was not onh- a punishment for the convicted criminal but an example to others tending to develop respect for all law. It should be noted in this case that it was the Chi cago police who made the arrests and se cured the evidence resulting in successful conviction. Notorious Lawbreakers in Subjection A more recent case shows how prohibi tion is creating respect for law among law breakers who hitherto held all law in utter contempt. On January 17th Johnny Torrio designated in the newspapers “as king of south side vice, beer and gamb ling and over-lord of Cicero,” was sen tenced to nine months in tl.e DuPage county jail by Federal Judge Cliffe. Four others were sentenced to jail and six fined. All were arrested :n the police raid on the Sieben Brewery last May and were sentenced on pleas of guilty. Dean O’Bannion, recently slain, was one of those taken in the raid and without a doubt would have been convicted and sentenced to jail had he lived to go on trial. Although O’Banion was alleged to have committed many murders and to have broken every law worth breaking, he had one of the largest funerals ever held in Chicago and was given more pub licity than usually is accorded a governor of a state. Without a shadow of respect for other laws, O’Banion would have been compelled to respect prohibition if underworld assassins had permitted him to live. For he would have been sen tenced as were his associates captured in the Sieben Brewery raid. Had Contempt for All Law All of these men considered themselves and were considered, above the law. Their immunity created disrespect for law on the part of others. No law seemed to reach them. But prohibition demon ' FAMOUS EOOZE CURE BUILDING SOLD The Washingtonian Home where 300,000 inebriates were treated, was closed for lack of patrons soon after prohibition came. The above building, located at West Madison street and Ogden avenue in Chicago, was recently sold to the Olson Rug Company. Large signs placed in the doorway of the building when it was sold read as follows: “Beer and wine brought 300,000 alcoholic patients to this home for treatment. The dry law makes this cure no longer necessary.” The Washingtonian Home was established in 1863, and the building shown above was built in 187S.