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AMERICAN ISSUE TILL NOVEMBER ELECTION
Illinois is on the threshhold of one of the most difficult campaigns against booze and lawlessness this state has even known. The battle of false propaganda through wet newspapers, wet campaigners and wet politicians will in the next few weeks cover the state like the locusts of Egypt. Only one of the leading dailies of Chicago is reliably dry. The people will be confused and uncertain as to their duty. They must have the FACTS. They must know the desperate PLOT to turn Illinois back to the saloon and brewery control. The majority of the voters will not know the facts unless an unusual effort i.> made to reach them. Every number of the Illinois Edition of The American Issue between now and November will be crowded with facts about the prohibition fight. We want to stir every citizen to personal action. Be scrappers for the dry cause. The Issue will be sent to any address from June till November for 25 cents or in clubs of ten to one address for $2. We earnestly urge that large numbers of our friends order ten copies and pass them out to their neighbors. Something of this kind must be done to reach the voters in this great campaign. We ought to have 100,000 new subscribers for this great struggle. Are you a subscriber now? If so, won’t you help to extend the circulation? Let us spread the facts. We suggest that every pastor, Sunday school superintendent and teacher of an adult Bible class do this absolutely vital and necessary thing if they expect the lines in Illinois to be he'd in face of the vicious assault against law and order already at our door. Two weeks before the election will be too late! The wets are beating their drums and marshaling their forces for a final showdown in Illinois. Let us give them one they will forever remember. The eyes of the whole nation are on this great state. New is the time to act! “Time is the essence.” Direct all letters to The American Issue, 1200 Security Building, Chicago, 111. THEY WHO DANCE MUST PAY THE FIDDLER Harry Block, of Moline, recently paid a $40i) fine for violating the prohibition law. Mrs. August RentihofT, of Bellville, has been sentenced to sixty days in jail, with a fine of $100 and costs, for stepping on Uncle Sam's toes in her sort-drink parlor. Walter C. Clark, of Quincy, was re cently sentenced to six months on the VandaliH state farm, with a fine of $100 and costs for good measure. He is al most certain now that prohibition pro hibits. Watson Grey was found guilty of op erating a moonshine plant near Ga.va, Henry county, and was fined $200. When the verdict was given Grey collapsed. He believes now that the law can be en forced. Charles Van Ness, of Astoria, was re cently found guilty of driving a car while intoxicated and was given a sentence of sixty davs at the V andalia state prison farm and a fine of $50 added for good measure. Prohibition officials not long ago found 26,000 gallons of mash on a farm near Caseyville and arrested five men in whose possession it was found. The names of the men are Labines, Rego, Grafe, Pa loz/.io and Tamprero. It looks as though these gentlemen ought to be given the free passage to some port in Italy as soon as Uncle Sam can.make the neces sary arrangements. For the past year there has been tried in the circuit and county courts of Ogle county thirty-five cases involving viola tions of the dry law. The result of these cases has been one acquittal, fines as sessed at $2,675, jail sentences of 1,435 days and a penitentiary sentence. At Rockford, recently, Mrs. Angelina Pegoraro, 65 years of age, and her son were each fined $300 and given three months in the county -jail, i'he evident purpose of this action of Judge Reynolds was to impress upon this mother and son the fact that the law in Illinois must be obeyed. “Pat” Slaven and Sherman Glenn, of Henry Marshall county, were recently fined $160 and costs tor violation of the prohibition law. Neal Dougherty, mayor of Hamilton, was convicted not long ago of the illegal possession of several barrels of wine. He was fined $1,000. Twenty residents of Quincy were re cently arrested for viloation of the pro hibition law. E. M. Semon, Mat C. Roster, John A. Rich and Matthew Kersch, defendants in the Warsaw brewery case, have pleaded guilty and were jointly fined $10,000 and each sentenced to six months in the Mc Lean county jail. George Myers, of Edgar county, will board in the Edgar county jail for sixty days and pay a fine of $100 in obedience to the majesty of the law. He knows now that prohibition prohibits when there are honest officials behind the law'. “A drunken man at the wheel of an automobile is more dangerous than a maniac with a gun turned loose in the midst of society,” declared County Judge W. R. Weber recently, when Harry Weis, of East St. Louis, was arraigned before him on a charge of driving a motor ve hicle in a reckless manner. He fined the man $200 and costs and sentenced him to sixty days in jail. (Continued on Page 8) THE ATTITUDE OF THE CHICAGO CHURCHES The following resolutions were adopted by the executive committee of the Chi cago Church Federation at its meeting on Wednesday, April 14, 1926, and were taken to Washington and submitted to the Senate Committee investigating prohibition, by President Barnes, Judge Bradley and Dr. Joshua Stansfield: Resolved, that the Chicago Church Federation, representing 17 denomina tions and 800 churches in the metropolitan area of Chicago, docs hereby give renewed expression of its firm belief in the wisdom of the Eighteenth Amend ment and the Volstead Act, its determination to assist in every way possible in giving loyal support to these measures, its hearty condemnation of whatever tends to weaken their effectiveness, and its complete sympathy with the state ment made in October, 1925, by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Council, to-vvit: “That the policy of' prohibition is the deliberately and perma nently established policy of this nation; that this policy has not failed but on the contrary lias already yielded results which fully justify its adoption; that the liquor traffic and the saloon must not come hack again, and that the churches must set themselves with new purpose to see that prohibition is en forced by law and sustained by the national conscience.” And he it further Resolved, That the Chicago Church Federation does here and now respect fully petition the Congress of the United States to enact such additional leg islation as will help in the stricter enforcement of these prohibition laws. PRESBYTERIANS AT THE LOUD SPEAKERS Dr. William O. Thompson, the new moderator of the Presbyterian Church, l". S. A., at the recent meeting of tlie general assembly of that body, began bis incumbency in the following striking and impressive way: He led in prayer for guidance during bis. term in office, expressed thanks for his election and then drew a paper from his pocket and read: “As the newly elected moderator or presiding officer of the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, which is the highest court of the Presbyterian Church, out* of my official acts is to pronounce to the world my sympathy with and approval of the Eighteenth Amendment to our Fed eral Constitution and the Volstead act for its enforcement. I invite all Presbyterians home and abroad to co-operate with me.” lie folded the paper and put it back in his pocket. The nearly 1,000 commission ers and visitors rose to their feet and ap plauded with a vigor seldom seen at a general assembly. The I'resby terian.s know where they are going and are on their way. TO TEE FOLKS BEHIND THE GUNS The most bitter campaign the wets have ever put up in IlIinoL is already launched. These outlaws, with their friends and co-laborers, are determined upon three things—to capture, it possible, at least one house of the Legislature at the No vember election; to elect George E. Brennan to the United States Senate on a beer and wine platform, thus proclaiming their purpose to nullify the Coi» tilu tion of their country and bring back the unspeakable horror of the saloon, or worse, and to continue with a vicious vciimn exceeding all past accomplishments and make certain, as far as in them lies, its non-enforcement. The Anti-Saloon League of Illinois will meet this challenge of the wets and fight this battle through to a victorious finish, unless the decent ciitzenship of the state falls asleep at the switch and thoughtlessly ties the hands of those whom they have commissioned to leadership in this unfinished battle. During the months of July and August many of the regular paying subset ib ers to the funds of the league will be away on their vacations. Numbers of these staunch friends arc likely to say, in tlie hurry and pleasure of their anticipated days of rest: “1 oifgjit not to neglect my dues to the Anti-Saloon League, but I guess it will be just as well if 1 send on the money the lirst of September.” But it will not be just as well! The months of July and August are the hardest months in the year for the league to finance its work. In the nature of things fewer meetings are held in the churches, but the salaries of the clerks, stenographers and other employes of the league must go on. Plans are now being formulated and arrangements being made to consolidate the victories already won and to clear Illinois of the guerrilla warfare now being waged against the laws of the state and nation. But these plans cannot go for ward as scheduled if the business arrangement between the management of the league and its subscribers is not sacredly adhered to. The league management must perfect its plans during July and August for tin's campaign which will rouse the state of Illinois and bring patriotic citizenship to their feets as in no other hour since the Civil War days. We must be ready by September 1 for a decisive advance all along the line. But this means that during July and August we must hear from you. You are the people who are behind the guns. We have no surplus funds to carry us through the vacation months! We c nnot make bricks without straw! Men and women of Illinois,,be sure and care for your league obligation before leaving for the summer.