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EDUCATORS ENDORSE DRAMATIC DEBATE
“CAN ' LAW BE ENFORCED” COMMENDED AS EFFECTIVE WAY OF TEACHING FACTS TO THE SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES Anti-Saloon League Accepts Challenge of Wet Forces That Are Fighting to Turn Youth of America Against Prohibition DEBATE PRESENTED IN MANY CHURCHES RECEIVES HIGH PRAISE FROM PASTORS Roy Haynes, Bishop Nicholson, Ben Spence, James K. Shields, Harry Warner, and George Stuart Among Leaders Who Like Enforcement Drama 1 lie Dramatic Debate, “Can tlie Law Be Enforced,’' written by O. G. Cliristgau, has been widely presented since its first appearance three years ago. Thousands have hcai(1 this drama in Illinois and many other states. It is part 6f the educational pro gram of the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois and a number of other states. At the present time three teams of debaters are available for service under the direction of the educational department of the Illinois League. N. R. Johnson and Hayward Johnson are presenting the debate in the southern district. Ralph Owen and E. E. Hudson are assigned to the central district for dramatic debate work. O. G. Cliristgau and John W. I.angley, who have given the debate in various parts of the country as far west as Denver and as far east as Boston, are also available for dramatic debate programs. 1 he broadcasting of “t an the Law Be Enforced’’ from WOC, Davenport, Iowa, will he a climax in the sensational record of dramatic debate successes but will at the same time mark the launching of a great new educational drive under the auspices of the Anti-balooti League. The following arc a few of the many letters received from College presidents, preachers, officials and leaders: ILLINOIS STATE NORMAL UNIVERSITY Normal, Illinois David Felmley, President “Our faculty and students were very much pleased with your dramatic debate. We think that it was very well staged, fur the arguments that you presented were the argu ments most often heard bearing upon the aspects of the questions discussed. I think your debate i-. exceptionally effective in bringing home to the friends of prohibition what good citizens must he willing to do if they are really good citizens.” David Felmley. NORTHERN ILLINOIS STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE DeKalb, Illinois J. Stanley Brown, President “The dramatic debate setting forth the situation in a vivid way that exists today in tlie enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment is one of the most striking examples of teaching through the objective method that I have yet seen. The interest created, be cause of the novelty of the procedure, is universal. The atmosphere becomes very tense, the dominance of right after the dominance of wrong, and the final surrender to the dignity of the law, to the uplifting of society, and to the betterment of humankind, could not be more effectively done. It ought to be presented in every community in the state.” j. Stanley Brown. ^LOMBARD COLLEGE J. M. Tilden, President Galesburg, Illinois “The Lombard College students listened with unusual interest to the dramatic de bate. I do not know of anything that lias appealed to them or to myself so much as the unique method and the fine acting that they used in their successful attempt to inform us concerning the big question of the Eighteenth Amendment. The stage set ting, simple and yet perfect, the conclusive and most unusual method of putting over their arguments, was most entertaining and at the same time gave the audience, most unwittingly, just the information that was needed. Both sides won and the audience was convinced.” J. M. Tilden. HEDDING COLLEGE Abingdon, 111. "The dramatic debate, ‘Can the Law Be Enforced?’ which was brought before the people some weeks ago in our College Chapel, certainly is a most worth while project. So valuable is it to the building up of the correct thoughts of our citizens, of this nation, that 1 should like to recommend it to any person or institution.” Walter E. Harnish, President. WESTERN ILLINOIS STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE Walter P. Morgan, President Macomb, Illinois "I am very glad to report to you that the dramatic debate on the subject, ‘Can the Law Be Enforced ."’ was very much appreciated by our students and faculty members. The material is presented in a very satisfactory way and the debate comes to a very conclusive ending in favor of law enforcement, showing that public officials and citi zens as well, arc the ones to whom the job belongs.” W. P. Morgan. GREATEST DRY PROGRAM “I believe no greater contribution lias ever been made to the cause of prohibi tion " R. N. Holsaple, State Supt., Michigan Anti-Saloon League, Detroit, Michigan. BEATS TONS OF LITERATURE “Every community in Illinois should have the debate: tons of literature, even if read, would not be as effective.” Rev. John W. Welsh, Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, 111. CLIMAXES ARE THRILLING “Every minute of it is entertaining and instructive and its climaxes arc thrilling. It ought to be presented in every com munity in the state.” W. L. Kern, Supt. Winona District, Minnesota Confer ence, M. K. Church. BREATH-TAKING “The most impressive, convincing, clear-headed, breath-taking presentation of this knotty complex matter of law en forcement that could possibly be pre sented.” George T. Nesmith, Tastor, First M. F2. Church, Berwyn, Illinois. ENTERTAINING. ENLIGHTENING, CONVINCING “The dramatic debate, ‘Can the Law Be Enforced?’ is entertaining, enlightening, argumentative, convincing, and the best I have heard in a long time." Dr. Win. P. Pearce, Pastor, Cairo Baptist Church. WOULD DEVELOP DRY SUPPORT “It is my candid opinion that if this dramatic debate could be given through out the country that it would do more good in the interest of developing support for the Eighteenth Amendment than any thing that I know." . Paul Arnold Peterson, Pastor, Illinois Presbyterian Church, Monmouth, Illinois. PROHIBITION COMMISSIONER SAYS: “Without doubt, this feature can be used with great effectiveness in the great campaign which is on to bring about a better enforcement of the prohibition law." R. A. Haynes, U. S. Prohibition Commissioner. NATIONAL LEAGUE PRESIDENT SAYS: “It seems to me thai it would be a great advantage to the cause if this debate could be heard in all our towns, cities and rural districts." Bishop Thomas Nicholson, President Anti-Saloon League of America., IT WILL HELP MUCH "In this critical hour in our America, it will help very much in creating a proper respect for law, and an honest effort for il£ enforcement.” John R. Golden, Pastor, Central Church of Christ, Decatur, 111. WHO’S WHO AND WHY "It breaks down prejudices, changes attitudes, and discovers to the hearers ‘Who’s Who’ and ‘Why,’ in this whole law enforcement business.” C. F. W. Smith, Pastor, Vermont St. M. E. Church, Quincy, 111. ALL SHOULD HEAR IT "Every town ought to hear this de bate not only for the good it will do the cause of prohibition, but as an evening of enjoyment for the people of the commu nity.” Alonzo E. Wilson, National Field Director Near East Relief, Chicago. COLLEGE STUDENT LEADER SAYS: “It answers just those questions that arc asked by most people and it docs it with the ‘pep’ and action that catch and hold the attention of everyone.” Harry S. Warmer, General Secretary of the Intercollegiate Prohibition Association. CANADIAN DRY LEADER SAYS: ‘‘He would indeed be a dull dub who could sit through the debate and go away unmoved.” Ben H. Spence, Secretary of the Dominion Alliance. MOVIE PRODUCER SAYS: ‘‘The applause that greeted the rendi tion of this debate spoke louder than any one commendation that any individual could make of its effectiveness.” James K. Shields, Producer of ‘‘Lest We Forget.” MOST EFFECTIVE “I consider the dramatic debate the most effective presentation of the argu ments for the fight against the saloon that I have ever heard.” Ralph W. Lindsay, Pastor Ninth Ave. IJ. P. Church, Monmouth, III. FAMOUS SOUTHERN PREACHER SAYS: “I regard it a most convincing and ef fective answer to the criticisms on the whole question of prohibition.” George R. Stuart, Pastor. First M. E. Church S., Birmingham, Ala. WOULD DO MORE GOOD THAN COURTS AND OFFICERS “I had the pleasure of hearing your dialogue on enforcement of the prohi bition law given before the students of the high school in this city the other day. 1 want to say that 1 sincerely appreciate the opportunity of hearing your pre sentation of this most important subject, in which I am particularly interested at present both as county attorney and as chairman of the Executive and Legis lative Committee of the State County Attorneys' Association of Minnesota. ‘M have heard a good many speeches on the subject, but I never heard any thing that brought home the necessity of enforcing the law and showed the means by which it can be done with such telling effect as your dialog. It could not fail to appeal to every fair-minded citizen, whatever his views might he about prohibition. If it could be presented in every school and at every public gather ing throughout the country during the next year, it would do more than all the courts and officers of the law together to bring about respect for the law.” Chester S. Wilson, County Atty., Washington Co., Minnesota.