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Volume XX WESTERVILLE, OHIO, APRIL 3, 1925 Number 7
WET FORCES MAKING REPEAL DRIVE U. S. Attorney Declares Enforcement Local Problem LIQUOR INTERESTS GATHER FORCES IN DESPERATE DRIVE FOR REPEAL OF ALL STATE ENFORCEMENT LAWS Illinois Prohibition Act is Chief Target in Wet Fight to Nullify Eight eenth Amendment FAILURE TO ENFORCE AND PROPAGANDA PART OF PLAN TO DISCREDIT DRY LAW Friends of Enforcement Can Help Now by Urging Their Legislators to Resist Repeal Bills The repeal of all prohibition enforce ment legislation is the immediate objec tive of the wet interests in Illinois. The wets have introduced in the Sen ate the following bills: S. 15. No. 174. Repeals Illinois Prohi bition Act and Search and Seizure Act. S. B. No. 201. Repeals Search and Seizure Act of 1919. S. B. No. 202. Repeals Illinois Prohi bition Act. Jn the House the wets ha\introduced the following bills: H. B. No. 16. Repeals the Illinois Prohibition Act. H. K. No. 17. Repeals the Illinois Prohibition Act. H. 15. No. 225. Legalizing b >me brew. A resolution introduced March 19th calls for a constitutional convention to repeal the 18th Amendment. H. 15. No. 24. By O’Grady. Repeals the Illinois Prohibition Act and contains a referendum clause. This bill was re ported from License and Miscellany Committee on March 18th. Wets Well Organized At Springfield it is very : ppareut that the liquor forces are desperately deter mined to put through” their repeal pro gram. Never were the elements against prohibition more thoroughly organized for an attack than they appear to be now. In addition to the old time wet leaders backed by their local liquor ma chines, and in addition to the always powerful combination of wets from Chi cago, there is now the national Associa tion Opposed to Prohibition. State Leader Active Mr. E. Thiele, the state leader of this national wet group, is constantly on the ground at Springfield lining up support for the wet repeal program. For many months the state branch of the National Association opposed to Prohibition lias been intensely active. Local organizations have been formed in more than two dozen of the leading cities of the state. Only recently La Salle, Ottawa and Rock Island were or ganized by this wet group. Hundreds of members have been pledged to l clp im port the organization lli..*«£ciul:y and to work for irs repeal program. Cripple Illinois Next Wet Plan The desperate activities of the booze forces at Springfield are explained in part by the determination of the Na tional wet organizations to line up Illi nois against the 18th Amendment. With a state prohibition enforcement hill ap parently defeated in New York during the present session of the legislature of that state the full power of the national wet machine is being directed against the dry iaw in Illinois. It has long been the strategy of the wets to first capture New York, with New York City, and then gain control of Illinois, containing the nation’s second largest city. This would give them a nucleus of terrific political poweT with which they hope to pound away at pro hibition until the dry lines break. Foreign Wets Aid Repeal Attack It is no secret that the immensely wealthy alcohol interests of England, France, Spain, Portugal and a dozen other wet countries are giving financial support to the wet campaigns on this side of the ocean. This accounts in part for the gigantic propaganda and political PADLOCKS AND PENALTIES IN CHICAGO DISTRICT United States Attorney Edwin A. Olson has just forwarded liis February report to the Attorney General. This report discloses that there were 81 criminal convic tions and 3 acquittals during the mouth. Sentences of imprisonment to penitentiaries, jails, etc., amount ed to 33 years. Fifty-nine separate pieces of real estate were pad locked for a year for violation of the Volstead Act. The total amount of tines, penalties, forfeit ures, etc., collected during the month amounted to $383,113.08. campaign that the wets have been able to maintain in spile of the fact that their legalized business has been practically eliminated. Within recent months it has been more clearly revealed that wet legislation is tlv primary objective of those who for mulate the strategy of the liquor intei csts. The enemies of the 18th Amend ment are continuing their work to pre vent the appointment or election of offi cials who will be loyal to their oath of office. Liquor Program Explained In their endeavor to break down local enforcement it is nevertheless their pri mary purpose to influence legislation by an apparent failure of enforcement. Likewise their ever increasing campaign of anti-prohibition propaganda is carried on chiefly to influence the passage of re peal legislation. Recently the wet plan of making re peal of enforcement laws the ultimate goal of the wet interests was specifically explained by G. C. Hinckley, National Secretary of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment. In a memorandum sent to state branches and active members, he said: Any work on the part of the Associa tion Against the Prohibition Amendment which does not have for its object in creasing of the liberal vote in Congress is largely a waste of time and money— because Congress alone has power to (Continued or. Page 2) ENFORCEMENT PROBLEM FOR LOCAL OFFICIALS BACKED BY CITIZENS U. S. Attorney Olson Explains Need of Local Action WELL ORGANIZED CITIZENS MUST COMBAT CRIMINALS Local Failure of Officials Disgrace to Citizens “It is the duty of local officials to en force the law. The mayor, the police, the sheriff, the state's attorney, the state courts, have the power and it is their duty to enforce prohibition.” I’he-e statements were made by U. S. Attorney Edwin A. Olson in an address at Glen Ellyn in Du Page county. He was speak ing to ri group of c.iti7n>'o ho • under the auspices of tin enforcement commit tee of the local Woman’s Club. District Attorney Olson pointed out that the Illinois Prohibition Act, under which local officials can enforce the law, has more teeth in it than the Volstead Act. State Courts Dodging Duty “Last year vve padlocked 1,500 boo/e joints,” said Mr. Olson, “and not one of these cases should have come into the federal court. Every one of these in junction proceedings should have been held in tlie state courts. In Illinois there are only 57 prohibition agents as com pared to from fourteen to fifteen thou sand local enforcement officials in the state. In Chicago one of the three fed eral judges is assigned to prohibition cases. The other two judges in this dis trict have their time completely taken with other cases. At the same time there arc from 80 to 90 judges in the state courts in Cook county wrho could be and should he doing the work that now comes almost entirely into the court of one federal judge.” Citizens of County Disgraced Mr. Olson named various counties in which it has been necessary for the fed eral forces to act. Recently, he said, nu Vote for village, city and town officials in favor of enforcement. Local enforcement is more effective than national enforcement and local officials can do more to uphold the law than federal authorities. Town supervisors help elect juries and may appropriate money for enforcement pur. poses. For your town supervisors to be elected on April 7 vote for men and women who will coop erate with county enforcement officials in support of the law. Village presidents and mayors of cities control the enforcement policy of the police. Village boards and city councils have the power to pass enforcement ordinances. Remember that the local official is more important than the president of the United States in connection with local enforcement problems.