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PROHIBITION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT (Reviewed by Emma L. Transeau) (The Forum, January, 1925) THE ROMANCE OF RUM ROW: Two Viewpoints (By Wayne B. Wheeler and Hendrick Willem van Loon) Dr. Wheeler bases his prophecy that the Coast Guard will make an end of Rum Row on the past history of the Guard, or ganized to stop smuggling 134 years ago, and having “the habit of success.” Mr. van Loon also banks on history; but it is mostly story-book history, except the “Jolly Thirty” who helped George Washington against the Britishers. Here are specimens of Mr. van Loon’s line >f argument: “I want my sons to enjoy all the bene • benefits of that healthy hero-worsh;p without which no child grows into decent manhood. . . . When the cunning pa triots forced their grape juice down our throats, they knew they were rendering the cause of young manhood the greatest possible service. At last, after almost fifty years of stagnation (since the sink ing of the ‘Alabama,’ to be exact), young men were once more given the chance to learn manly independence, upon which the success of all nations is based, through the ancient and honorable sport of smuggling. . . . Thousands of fine, stalwart fellows between the ages of eighteen and seven ty-five are learning seamanship and gun nery and navigation and all sorts of use ful things which only a life on board a rum-runner can teach them. . . . “I can just see how it will be a hun dred years from now. A sw^arm of little Hendriks and Willems will turn their jbright eyes upon dear nursey and they will ask, ‘Won’t you please read us the story of Billy the Rum-runner?’ And the good nurse will hasten to get the book, for, so she reasons, the ;xample of these brave men will fill their dear little hearts with admiration for the pluck and the courage of their ancestors.” But if Mr. Wheeler’s prediction comes true, the story the youngsters of 2025 A. D. will more likely pick as their favorite thriller and inspiration will be, “Coast Guard Charley, the Destroyer of Rum Row.” (The Outlook, December 31, 1925) TEN BUCKS AND A BOTTLE OF BOOZE (By Ernest W. Mandeville) With plenty of thrills and a “To be con tinued in our next” this story of Wee liawken to date shows us a social strata as shocking as that shown by the Boston * police strike. It is worse than that, how ever, because here the criminals are the police themselves, instead of the scum of the city, as in Boston. The story will not bear further condensation. It is told in staccato. A few selections will show the drift, and the myteries to be cleared up. October 4. Election is drawing nearer and nearer. Kirk (Republican candidate for police commissioner), goes to Samuel Wilson, Newark head of the Anti-Saloon League. He tells his story. On October 6 he comes back with Dorsey (informer unbribable), and they both swear to affi davits recounting their experiences. They name culprits, places, dates and witnesses. It looks like a clear-cut case. They spec ify that the affidavits must be sent to the Washington federal enforcement office. They don’t trust the local authorities or the metropolitan federal agents. They want quick action. Election is coming on. Affidavits go forth at once to E. C. Yellowley, chief prohibition enforcement agent at Washington. On October 10 they are acknowledged. Pigeonhole . . . Word is reported to have gone down the enforcement line, “Let up until after election.” The hoped-for quick action on Kirk’s affidavit is not forthcoming. Elec tion comes, and Kirk is beaten by Stearns, (incumbent, police commissioners, up for re-election.) Comes late November. ... A federal agent comes to Newark to see Mr. Wil son. He sees him and is advised to jump into action. This advice apparently, is unheeded. . . . December. Rum-rununing at Weehaw ken is still going on in the grand manner. It looks as if it would continue to do so . . . but something slips up. An un suspecting police officer mentions the Dorsey affidavit to a reporter from a Hud son county newspaper. This reporter, scenting a story, procures a copy of the affidavit, and out it comes in his paper with its scare heads throwing the whole feudal state into an uproar. . . . First, only Dorsey’s affidavit is known. Then Kirk’s affidavit is discovered. New scandals break each day. Big daily square meals for the press. . . . Father Bennett receives many threats on his life. He is told that he w’ill not live to say mass on Christmas. The Ku Klux Klan is re ported ready to protect him. . . . Word that Winne (U. S. attorney, pro tege of Senator Edge; has taken over the investigation reaches Mrs. Mable Walker Willebrandt, assistant attorney-general in Washington in charge of prohibition en forcement. She sends orders to Winne that he is to withdraw, that the prosecu tion is to be left in the hands of the county. Senator Edge protests the lack of confidence in his appointees. Investi gation of United States Attorney Winne is ordered. . . . Yellowley, chief United States prohibition enfcrcement agent, comes to New Jersey under secrecy. Evi dently that two months’ delay of the fed eral agents looks bad, and there is some worry about their reputation. . . . What will happen next month, no one knows. . . . The writer will try to marshal the facts on both sides of these questions and will publish them in later number of the Outlook. FIND STILLS ON SALE Federal Agents Raid Six Chicago Shops and Confiscate More Than Three Thousand Stills More than 3,000 stills were confiscated by federal prohibition agents in Chicago in one day recently. The stills and other devices for making home liquors were on open sale in six shops in a certain district in the city. Raids climaxed a sixty-days’ investigation by the prohibition agents. Articles used in the making of illicit liquor were 'purchased by federal men on which to base their warrants for the raids. Twenty prohibition agents swooped down upon the six shops simultaneously to pre vent the possibility of a general tip-off. The market of the illicit stuff was thrown into confusion as news of the raid spread and in one or two of the places the occu pants threatened to give battle to the officers. THEATERS THAT SELL DRINK London County Council Voted Against Plan to Put All Theaters On an Equality by Licensing All Up to 18 years ago, theatrical enter tainments in London were considered as a mere adjunct to the selling of liquor and theaters were accordingly licensed. But at that time, there began to develop a sus picion that art and music had something to do with theaters, and from that time, no London theaters have been licensed to sell liquor, though the old booze theaters still hold over. Since that time, 17 hoozeless theaters have been established. But the theaters that sell liquor are able to satisfy their customers with cheap, stupid attractions that would not appeal to a man not un der the influence of liquor. Hence they began to demand that the hoozeless the aters also, be given liquor licenses. Last year the theaters and music halls committee of the London County Council reported favorably on issuing such drink licenses, but the proposal was voted down in the Council by a majority of 12. Last November, there was a great campaign launched in London to put all of the the aters on an “equality.” The music halls committee renewed their recommendation but the Council did not see it that way. J he Council again voted the booze pro posal down (Nov. 27) by a majority of four. Illinois Good Templars have arranged to institute a new lodge in memory of the late Bishop Henry Fallows. The insti tution will take place on January 16 and waukce, with the pastor, Rev. G. K. Me rison Hotel to celebrate the fifth anniver sary of the coming of prohibition. EDITORS DISCUSS COST AND OTHER TOPICS (Continued from Page 5) ing that he was not going out of his way to arrest bootleggers since the govern ment paid men for that purpose. That policeman is a crook, a coward, or is too ignorant to be entrusted with office. If he stands in with bootleggers, as is not infrequently the case, lie is a crook. Though he may have all the physical courage possible yet he is a coward, for he lacks that rarer quality, moral cour age. If he does not stand in with vio lators of law, and does possess moral courage, then he is utterly ignorant of his duty and oblivious to what is re quired of him under the law. Were the Volstead act erased from thq federal stat utes tomorrow, and every prohibition offi cer discharged, that would not alter the law’s of Illinois which forbid the manufac ture and sale of intoxicants. A police officer of this state in taking the oath of office swears to enforce all laws, and it is not within his province to say which he will and which he will not, and if he is honest he will not discriminate. If dis honest he should not be entrusted with office.—Warsaw Bulletin. HOW TO REDUCE EXPENSE (Springfield Register) It wouldn’t cost one-tenth as much to enforce the prohibition law if more care were exercised in the selection of enforc ing officers and if so-called respectable people would cease to align themselves on the side of the lawbreakers. DON’T DRINK THE STUFF (Rock Island Argus Union) Men who persist in drinking hooch on the assurance of the bootlegger that it is pure and safe might profit by reading the details of the tragedy at Kincaid. 111., where a saloonkeeper and his wife have been held on a charge of murder follow ing the death of one of their poison moon shine customers and the sickening of four others. MAKE IT LIBERAL (Galesburg Rep.-Reg.) The government should make liberal appropriations for the enforcement of the national prohibition law, which is the law of the land. It would be one of the means by which Congress could show the law defying bunch of the country that it is in earnest. PRAISE FOR FITZHENRY (Fairbury Blade) The illicit sale of liquor, or so-called liquor, in this country is something to be deplored, but it is a condition that will right itself if the law-abidng people keep continually after it. And by the way, there is a judge over in Peoria, Judge Louis FitzHcnry, who has the right idea in dealing out justice to bootleggers and hijackers. In addition to giving them a fine lie is imposing jail and prison sen tences that will not soon be forgotten by the offenders. If the chairs of justice were filled with men of his character it would not be long until we could sing "Sahara, We’ll Soon Be Dry Like You.” FRANCE’S DRINK BILL (Danville Com.-News) Discussion of the French debt to the United Slates, too long delayed, makes pertinent the observation that France could discharge her debt to the United States in a few years by adopting a policy of prohibition and saving the thirteen and one-half billion francs she spends each year for intoxicating liquor. The United States is certainly not justified in taxing its people to pay the obligations of Euro peans who arc wasting such vast sums upon a vicious trade. WORTH THE MONEY (Macomb Journal) Statistics show that millions have been saved for necessities and luxuries for wo men and children that formerly were spent for liquor, which alone is worth all of the money it has cost Uncle Sam and more. MAYOR DEVER’S NEW YORK SPEECH (Chicago Evening Post) Mayor Dever’s New York address on law enforcement entitled him to applause, and, what is more important, a more de termined support by the law-abiding citi zens of Chicago for his policies. Seldom has the fundamental principal at stake in the question of prohibition en forcement been more clearly stated than in the mayor’s words: “Again, it is urged that the Eighteenth Amendment may be disregarded because other constitutional amendments have been disregarded. This argument in its essence means that a public official may take it upon himself to enforce only such laws as he may believe sound and wise. To admit the validity of this argument is to destroy our government. “Law must be enforced solely because it is law, and the public official who vio lates his duty in this respect is plainly a traitor to his country.” Mayor Deevcr’s attitude is all the more to his credit because, in maintaining it, he flouts the desires of a very influential local Democratic group which w’ould like to see the whole responsibility for enforcement of the prohibition amendment dumped upon the federal government.