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Chicago and later illegal vender of alcoholic beverages
in other states. In response to an inquiry about his activities, Remus laughed and replied, “Oh, I’m taking advantage of some loop-holes in the Volstead act.” Remus laughs no longer because what he thought was a loop-hole led him straight into the federal penitentiary at Atlanta where he now is and has been for some time. Many other notorious violators who had laughed not only at prohibition but every other law on the statute books are now behind the bars because they misjudged the power of the government. For a while foreign importers of outlawed liquors laughed as they smuggled their forbidden poisons into the United States from rum row outside New York City. Uncle Sam was getting ready and recent reports indi cate that the former hilarious rum-runners are neither laughing nor lingering now. At least one former opti mistic smuggler is weeping over his losses. Recently Secretary of the Treasury Mellon passed through Chicago and was asked the same- question di rected to every distinguished visitor from cabinet officer to movie star. And his answer was apparently quite a shock to the reporters. “The prohibition laws can be enforced,” he insisted. “It is a big job but it can be done,” he reiterated. After the smuggling is stopped, the secretary is reported to have said, the control of the rest of the problem will be compaartively simple. “With that out of the way we can handle the problem of stills here and there through out the country without much difficulty.” The Washington correspondent of the Daily News recently wrote his paper about the building up of a great system of cooperation between federal employes in other branches with those in the prohibition enforement service. When this organization is perfected it will vastly increase the dangers and difficulties faced by every violator of the federal laws. It is becoming clearer every day from countless indi cations that law-defying bootleggers are placing them selves in the pathway of a force that will be irresistible when fully organized and set in motion. Furthermore, the great power of Uncle Sam is only a fraction of the steadily increasing ower to be reckoned with by liquor law violators. Municipal, county and state officials can act against bootleggers even more swiftly and more effectively than Uncle Sam. The Illinois Prohibition Act gives 102 state’s attorneys, 102 sheriffs and a great force of police officers, deputy sheriffs as well as hundreds of judges in Illinois greater enforcement power in this state than is represented by the Volstead act. Municipalities are gradually adopting local enforce ment ordinances, thus increasing the array of official power that must be'faced by liquor law breakers. With the passage of a prohibition commissioner bill another very important addition w ill be made to the side of the government in the warfare against poison peddlers. History records that this country has been laughed at in the past by those who considered it a weak adver sary but no one ever laughed at this country very long; and no enemy has ever had the last laugh. Who, When and Where If more booze is being consumed now than ever be fore, who is drinking it? When is it being consumed? And where? Recently 42.000 attended a baseball game in Chicago. This was early in May, far from the championship finals. All attendance records are broken at every kind ot" game, athletic meet or sporiting event. Movie houses are con stantly packed, theaters are doing a good business. The streets and stores of our cities were never so crowded with contented and apparently prosperous shoppers. The highways are crowded as never before with peo ple driving in their own automobiles. Thousands arc busy every day in factories, including Mondays. Thou sands of homes are being built and improved by work men after the hours of their regular employment. More young men and women are attending high school, col leges, and universities than ever before. If “they are drinking more booze now,” who is drink ing it and where? They are not drinking it at hall games, in the movies, on the highways, in the shops or in ihc factories, in the stores or on the streets. Who is drinking it? Not the prosperous shoppers, not many of those on the highways, few of those in the factories, not the rooters who have substituted invigor ating open air and excitement of clean sport for alco holic .poison in dark, dirty, dingy, foul bar-rooms. If they arc drinking more booze now, when are they drinking it? W ith the hours crowded full by the de mands of prosperous employment and countless oppor tunities for a healthful recreation and entertainment, there is not much time left for the average American citizen to loaf and drink as millions did before prohibi tion came. 'I'he statement that they are drinking more than ever is a delirious falsehood uttered mostly by alcohol fanat ics for reasons of personal thirst, or greed for legalized liquor profits. Another question i«, if they are drink ing more than ever now, why not restore the saloons to decrease drinking? Not even Arthur Evans of the Tribune has suggested that. PROHIBITION NEWS AND COMMENT OF INTER EST TO DRY LAW OBSERVERS In the first three months of this year 133 saloons in New Jersey were padlocked for twelve months, Walter G. Winne, United States attorney", has announced. A grand jury in Pueblo, Colorado, re cently recommended that those foreign ers who refuse to obey our laws and con tinue to break them be deported as un desirable citizens. Speaking of the new state’s attorney in LaSalle county, the Earlville Leader says: “It was said that Hanson couldn’t do any thing with the saloons, but in five months lie has collected about $10,000 in fines and has caused the closing of at least fifty places in the county where liquor was be ing sold. Calhoun county, Michigan, saw its first deportation of an alien violator of the prohibition laws when Circuit Judge Wal ter H. North gave Milton Dosseos, 34 year-old Greek, 20 days in which to leave the country. Besides being forced to re turn to his native country, Dosseos was fined $200.—Detroit Free Press. Six thousand longshoremen on San Francisco’s waterfront arc drinking an average of 5,800 quarts of milk daily for their noon meal. Back in pre-Volstead days it took 137 saloons to serve the waterfront, the “Barbary Coast’’ of Jack London’s stories.—Capper’s Weekly. Despite past charges that prohibition would ruin the hotel industry, the amount of hotel building now projected in down town Chicago is unprecedented. The number of hotels now planning enormous additions is evidence that prohibition has not injured this business. Summarizing new building now in actual process or immediately projected by five down-town hotel companies, the total is $65,000,000.— Christian Science Monitor. Paid advertisements of a large drink cure institution in English newspapers contained this paragraph: "It is not too much to say that there is hardly a family in the kingdom which has not one member who might have been anything, but who is nothing. And the utmost that that man's friends and rela tives can do as a rule is to shake their heads and say: ‘What a pity!’” To the above Milton Browner in the Bloomington Bulletin adds: "All of which is a better answer to the wet editorials in those papers than any pussyfoot could possibly hope to indite.’’ If there had not been a How of money into the legitimate channels of trade and investment which used to go over the bar and into the pockets of the liquor traflic, these years (after the war) would have been vastly more trying, and the recovery of American industry and commerce would have been greatly retarded.—Edi torial, Denver (Colo.) Rocky Mountain News. — Most men arc honest and respect the prohibition laws. There are others who are trying to cheat them and they will be forced to accept severe penalties. 1 he Constitution, with its amendments, is the basis on which the American government stands. It must be respected and its pro visions enforced.”—Richard H. I cmplc ton, United States attorney for the west ern district of New York. The fact is, the 15 per cent who violate the law make more noise and provide more news items than the 85 per cent who have grown to accept it as inevitable, and those who know nothing but what the papers tell them, often get the perma nency of prohibition out of focus. It has come to stay. America is as likely to go back to slavery as to licensing the beverage use of alcohol.—R. B. S. Hammond, of Australia. WET BILL GETS ONLY 56 VOTES ON ROLL CALL IN LOWER HOUSE The roll call on one of the wet bills in the House, on May 6, showed the liquor forces far short of the number necessary SAFETY FIRST PROPOSITION “It you get a record either as a bootlegger or for being drunk, you remove yourself from the Reo Mo tor Car payroll. "To those who remember the old days when Saturday night was a carousal, ami when blue Monday was blue indeed, and noted the changed condition of factory men who came to work Monday morn ing as clear-eyed and steady-nerved as any other day, this warning would seem unnecessary, for the recent factory man is not in the drinking class. But there arc ex ceptions, and to those exceptions this warning is given. As a SAFETY FIRST PROPOSI TION, if you insist on placing yourself in this CRIMINAL class, 3'ou remove yourself from the Reo Company payroll.”—The Reo Mo tor Car Company of Michigan, in a recent number of its house organ. to pass legislation. The bill under con sideration was House Bill No. 225, intro duced by Representative Coia of Chicago, to permit the fermentation of fruit juices and berries by any person in his home to be used by himself and members of his household for beverage purposes. Only 56 votes were cast for this bill, which was 21 short of the necessary con stitutional majority. Representative Coia temporarily saved his proposed law by moving to postpone further consideration. D2CATUR EAGLES WILL BAR THE WET MEMBERS (Sterling Gazette) Decatur, 111., April 8.—(United Press.) —Following a conference between offi cials of this city and John Thobc, deputy grand president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, it was agreed that the old meet pqlacc of the order be closed; that a new meeting place be opened; that those of ficers and members responsible for the violation of the Volstead act be expelled; that the laws of the order be strictly cn SECRETARY MELLON SAYS WAR, NOT LAW, RESPONSIBLE FOR LIQUOR CRAVING An interview with Secretary of the Treasury Mellon was reported in the Chi cago Journal. Aside from liis assurance that the law can be enforced, Mr. Mellon made some comments which quite com pletely punctured the theory that many drink simply because it is contrary to the law. He said: “The greatest obstacle to enforcement is the heavy smuggling of liquor that i« going on along the coasts and the border lines of the country. Blames Drinking on War “When once we get that well under control the rest of the problem will be comparatively simple, With that out of the way, we can handle the problem of stills here and there throughout the coun try without much difficulty. At present smuggling is going on very persistently and on a large scale. “I do not think that the widespread use of intoxicating liquor at present is to be attributed to prohibition. It really is a condition following the war. A parallel < '-• tie is to be found in the use of ciga reucs. Before the war only a few billion cigarettes were smoked each year; now the number smoked is 100,000,000.000. Be fore the war few women smoked ciga rettes; now a very large number smoke.” The secretary said he did not know why such things should follow a groat Avar unless they AA'erc brought on with the general disturbance of a great conflict. forced and that the local aerie be thor oughly reorganized. A series of raids on the lodge rooms by the police and the finding of liquor, the necessity of battering down heavily-barred doors and the recent shooting by a mem ber of his wife, when lie went home in toxicated, decided the city chiefs to take action. The grand lodge was notified and a representative sent here to investigate. IIis findings confirmed to a considerable degree the charges filed by the police de partment and led to the conference, which resulted in the cleanup agreement.