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LOCKING THE PLACE
(Freeport Journal Standard) Locking up the place of offense is found even more effective than locking up the offender, because it means more loss, and the penalty is felt more widely. It has been of little use to impose fines or imprisonment on subordinates. Usually the business would go right on, the fines would merely be charged to operating expense. When the plac. of business is closed for a prolonged period, then subordinates, principal and landlord all feel the effect. HOTELS AND PROHIBITION (Decatur Review) Whatever may be the opinion in regard to the effect of prohibition in other fields, there is no argument over the fact that it has not adversely affected the hotel business. Opponents of prohibition declared that it would be the ruin of the hotel men. They predicted sad things when that rich source of revenue, the hotel bar, would be no more. The result has not been in accordance with this fore cast, however. Quite the contrary. Hotel-keepers quickly adjusted themselves to new conditions, and al though in some cases the hotel restaurant has fallen off in its volume of business, in many others its continuance as a dry dining room has been most successful. Building operations in Chicago, as an example, em phasize the fact that hotels are anything but in a lan guishing state. Every week it seems, we have a report of another “biggest hotel in the world.” New hostelries and additions to some at present in operation in that city entail an expenditure of $100,000,000. IT PAYS A CITY TO BE DRY (Grand Rapids Herald) The fact that liquor can not be easily procured here is believed to be one of the things that brings conventions to Grand Rapids. Naturally the officers who plan a convention are anxious to have as many delegates attend the daily sessions as possible. The object of a conven tion is to get the crowd together for talks and discus sions, and generally speaking—the town that can prom ise prohibition enforcement will make a bigger hit with the powers who throw the convention to a given city than the burg that boasts of a bootlegger in every block. DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYMENT SERVICE PRODUCES EVIDENCE (Richard T. Jones, District Director of United States Employment Service, Minneapolis, Minn.) "The most convincing evidence I have had during the past year that prohibition is proving more and more beneficial to working men was afforded me the other day when I visited the Union City Mission, in Minne sota, and talked with Mr. Paul, the superintendent, who took me into the club rooms, where some four or five hundred men were seated about the tables. "These men arc merely casual w-orkers, who habitually make Minneapolis their winter headquarters. Mr. Paul stated he did not think a single one of them was under the influence of liquor, a marked contrast from former days. He told me, furthermore, that a year ago from ten to twelve men under the influence of liquor would come into the mission daily while this year he sees prob ably one a day. This is certainly proof that working men are among the greatest benefactors of the Eight eenth Amendment. "The transfer of capital from industries manufacturing liquor to legitimate lines had even given employment then to three or four times as many workmen as were formerly employed in the liquor industry. "My territory for the Department of Labor embraces seven wrest central states. I have made it a point to as certain what becomes of the buildings formerly hous ing breweries when I visit the forty-odd cities in this district. Without exception the buildings now house in dustries which employ from three to four times as many wage earners, at better wages, than previously. "A million dollars invested in iron and steel employs nearly 500 people; leather products 450, printing about the same, while the same amount invested in liquor em ployed only seventy-seven. "There is a building in Joplin, Missouri, formerly used as a brewery. At the time twelve wage earners were employed. Today the same building houses a wholesale grocery establishment employing eighty people. This is not an isolated case. Instances of this kind can be cited in practically every city in the country. “Labor is more stabilized in America than ever before, due to the fact that prohibition has brought working men to their senses. Employers throughout the middle west say labor turn-over is smaller than ever before, and ascribe this to prohibition more than to any other factor." SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT (Editorial, Pickens (S. C.) Sentinel) Much has been said pro and con about the prohibition question since the passage of the Eighteenth Amend ment. Some would lead you to believe that it is only a farce and is a miserable failure. Propaganda has been spread concerning various things with the aim of weak ening the enforcement of the law. Chief among these statements are such things as the enormous wealth of bootleggers; the immense quantity of whisky that is -being smuggled into the United States; the general un rest of the masses of the people about the Eighteenth Amendment and various other things of like nature. These statements are put out in such a manner that a great many people believe them. Bringing the question home we ask the following questions: How many bootleggers do we know who are rich? Arc they selling enough whisky to make them selves independent? Are there as many illicit distilleries now as there once were? Do we absolutely know that such immense quantities of whisky are being smuggled into the United States? How many people do you know that are dissatisfied with the Eighteenth Amendment? Are these people in a very small minority? Look around you on all sides and size up the situa tion. Arc things not in a much better condition today with regard to the whisky situation than ever before? How many people have you seen lately in a drunken condition on the streets? It is the duty of every loyal citizen to refute, as best he can, all propaganda that is being put out by the whisky interests, and in so doing a service will be ren dered the country. REAL PATRIOTS WANTED FOR COAST GUARD WORK (Continued from Fage 1) abiding clement of the country to help Uncle Sam man these boats with capable, honest men who can be depended upon in the fight to rid the Atlantic Ocean of liquor pirates. The appeal for recruits is being broad cast by Arthur J. Davis, State Superin tendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Ncwr York, whose cooperation has been sought by officers of the Battery Recruit ing Station. Mr. Davis wras called upon to transmit the government’s appeal through all the publicity channels at the League’s command. The recruiting of ficers hope in this way to reach a class of citizens who will accept service as a matter of patriotic duty, as well as of adventure, and will have at heart the suc cess of the job in hand, thus preventing the lalwless element from undermining the ranks of the service. Great Opportunity “This is an unprecedented opportun ity,’’ Mr. Davis declared, “for the people of the country to get solidly behind this branch of the government, and the least that law-abiding people can do is to bring this service to the attention of capable, trustworthy men and encourage them to join the dry navy.” Recruiting starts immediately, and the need for men is urgent as each of the hundred boats must be manned by a crew consisting of chief boatswain’s mate; boatswain, 1st class; chief motor machinist; 2 motor machinists, 1st class; ship’s cook, 2nd class; seaman. 1st class. ,The demand is for experienced seamen even if their experience is limited to yachts and small boats, but a few inex perienced young men will be taken as ap prentices. The service also wants radio men and operators who understand the upkeep of marine gas engines. Recruits will be enlisted at once and sent to New London to the receiving unit where they will be given some training. Their transportation to New London will be free. Wages range from $21 to $126 a month, plus increase for previous gov ernment service. Need Chiefs at Once According to the commissioned officers in charge of recruiting there is excellent opportunity for ex-service men who can secure the positions as chiefs, taking command at once, if their previous ex perience and qualifications are adequate. Advancement is sure and will be quick because of the urgency of the demand to fill vacancies in the entire new unit of 100 boats. Previous discharges from service will be required. Recommendations are nec essary and will be thoroughly investi gated. Young men between the ages „f 18 and 21 must have the consent of par ents. “We want to strengthen the morale of the Coast Guard and insure the integrity of our new crews,” declared the com missioned officer who appealed to Mr. Davis for cooperation. He said: “With crews made up of honest citi zens who are interested in the enforce ment of law and who regard the service of their country as of paramount impor tance, we can soon clean up the pirates W’ho are defying the government and making a farce of our laws. “The prohibition law is on the statute books today because the people of the country wanted it, the great majority of our people are for it and arc demanding its enforcement. Congress has appropri ated vast sums to insure enforcement and, as the government is willing to do its part by supplying boats and equip ment, it is not too much to ask the de cent, law-abiding clement to help man these boats with honest, stalwart, trust worthy men.” Service Has Honorable History The Coast Guard Service has a long and honorable history. Its establishment dates back to 1790, when it w'as organ ized as the Revenue Cutter Service, it formed the Coast Defense of the country before the regular navy was established and its career covers four wars, during each of which it participated in national defense. During the World War the Coast Guard was declared part of the Navy and its boats acted as ocean es corts and convoys for troops and sup plies, establishing patrol bases at Gibral tar and Brest. Interesting and Varied Duties The duty of the crew on patrol boats will be varied, including, besides the ac tivities in the elimination of Rum Row, the rescue of ships at sea and of ship wrecked victims, warning vessels of the nearness of icebergs and ice-floes, trans mission of messages and picking up dis tress signals. The radio department offers varied and interesting experience, as the new patrol boats have been fitted up with new trans mitting and receiving sets, perfected by the Western Electric company, which combine all the latest devices and the most up-to-date equipment. Recruiting offices in other cities are the Custom House in Baltimore, Boston and Norfolk, and at the Post Office Building ia Philadelphia. BANKERS’ REPORT SHOWS DRY LAW DOUBLES SAVINGS Increase of 7,538,501 Depositors Re corded in First Year (Chicago Evening Post) Los Angeles, March 25.—An increase of 100 per cent, or more than 20,000,000 individual savings banks depositors, in the period from 1910 to 1924, noted in the recently released annual report of the savings bank division of the Ameri can Bankers’ Association, was pointed out yesterday by Los Angeles business men and financial leaders as being di rectly ascribable to the effect upon the nation at large of prohibition. In the figures of the bankers’ organi zation almost $21,000,000,000 of the $320, 000,000,000 in the country belongs to the savings-bank patron. In 1914, it is shown, the savings banks held but $8, 728,536,000. Tn the next five years they increased but $3,727,924,000, as against $8,417,102,000 in the last five years. In the same five-year period from 1914 to 1919, the number of depositors in creased from 10,621,586 to 18,176,261. In this connection it must be noted that from 1914 to 1918, preceding the year when prohibition took effect, the increase in deposition was only 6,164—this for four years. In the year following the advent of prohibition the increase was 7,538,501 depositors, a figure, by the way, which doesn’t sound good to the anti prohibitionists. All Better Off Since 1919 the people have bought mil lions of dollars’ worth of automobiles, billions of dollars’ worth of bonds aud (Continued on 1-agc 6).