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The German government has a mo
nopoly in the manufacture of spirits in that country. It has recently come to light that boot leg distillers have been doing a flourishing business in distilling there, and ‘‘for getting” to pay the tax. Nearly 6,000 judicial actions have been filed against more than 8,000 people who have thus defrauded their government out of $3, 500.000 of taxes. Not all jhe bootleggers are bred in America and under prohibition law as the wets in this country would have us believe. Evangeline Booth, head of the Salvation \rmy in the United States, says: “There ias always been a marked affinity between Irink and the degradation of womanhood. In the old days the house of shame and the saloon were often under one roof. The W'ine room seduction once so fre quent, is now a thing of the past.” The application for material relief jn the Salvation Army have under prohibi tion decreased 50^. Doctor Daniel A. Poling, head of the Christian Endeavor Society, recently sent out a questionnaire to presidents of this organization in every part of the United States, relative to prohibition. Out of 538 replies received, 532 voted against its repeal and 529 voted that prohibition had bettered conditions financially, socially ind morally. Doctor Poling also sent liis inquiry ro managers and owners of 605 general mer chandizing stores in 47 of our 48 states. 577 voted against the repeal of prohibition md 563 voted that prohibition had bettered conditions financially, socially and mor ally. The above testimony effectively dis credits the wet claim, that prohibition sentiment is rapidly decreasing in the United States. . Rev. John Cobran of the United Church of Canada, speaking of the government control liquor traffic as it now operates in the Saskatchewan, Canada, says that the arress tand convictions for drunkenness under the system has trebled and quotes i chief of police as saying: “It is four imes as hard to enforce* the law as it was under prohibition.” The system of government control of the liquor traffic as advocated by Senator Bruce in the recent Senate Committee hearing shows that the sale of beer in Quebec increased 15% and the sale of hard liquor 23% in two years time. A man arraigned in Pittsburgh, Pa., for selling liquor when asked if he drank his own product declared: “Nothing doing. Only fools drink now. Wise ones sell.” In an address in the House of Commons, Captain Garro Jones declared that until some action was taken to curb the liquor traffic Great Rritain could not hope to compete with the countries of the United States. The parliament of theProvince of Mani toba recently voted the following resolu tion: “In the opinion of this house, the prov ince through its educational institutions should acquaint the youth w’ith the scienti fically established facts regarding alcoholic beverages.” The committe of one-thousand for law observance with headquarters in New York City composed of many prominent men denounces the New Yark referendum proposition and calls it obscure, decep tive and confusing. Essentially their statement is this: “We are convinced that the entire sub mission is insincere, the men who are officially behind it know it is illegal, it is being done to create a certain state of mind throughout the country—the real purpose being to increase the violations of the law and therefore bring the Eight eenth Amendment and Volstead Act if possible into disrepute." Tn no less than 30 districts in Bulgaria, liquor shops arc reported to have been prohibited by means of a local option law, Two wet Republicans were defeated by majorities running into the thousands when they sought congressional nomina tions in New Jersey. If a wet Republican can’t win in New Jersey, where can he win? THE LAW CAN BE ENFORCED Sheriff Holcomb of Jefferson County has recently closed 17 road houses and booze joints. These plague spots have been increasing with rapid frequency all over the state and ought to be watched with exceeding vigilance by county officials and decent citizens. The liquor permits of Doctor Anton D. Beicr of Milan and Baird Brothers Drug stores in Harvard and Marengo, were among the 11 that were revoked recently by F.. C. Yellowly, federal prohibition administrator for the Chicago area. Orders were given for the issue of war rants for the arrest of 15 Rockfod resi dents on charge of contempt of court, growing out of the fact that these resi dents had failed to display two copies of injunction notices on their residences as ordered by the court following their con viction for liquor law violations. A Chicago hospital, 11 Chicago physicians and seven druggists recently lost their licenses to dispense liquor by action of the Federal Prohibition admin istrator. Federal Judge Louis Filz Henry had a regular field day in his court at Peoria when on July 13, he issued decrees of permanent injunctions against 32 con victed and self-confessed blind-pig keep ers. All honor to that kind of a "judge. Bert Hannah of Fairbury, Livingston County, on July 27th, was sentenced by Judge Sesler to 30 days in the county jail for driving an automobile while intoxi cated. Floyd Adams of Champaign County, was sentenced on July 11th, to five months in the Champaign County work house on confession that he owned the best still ever found in that county. Grover Coffey of Sandorous, a chum of Adams, received 00 days in the work house for operating a still. Mary Litsey of DuPage County, has drawn a sentence from Judge Rathjc of 60 days in the county jail and $100.00 fine. A woman who violates the law of the state and the nation ought to have the personal liberty of going to jail the same as a man. An injunction has been issued by Judge F.ldredge of the Circuit Court in LaSalle County, closing the soft drink parlor of John Grosskreutz for violating the pro hibition law. Because of the fact that the county officials of Joe Davies County have laid down (^n their job in regard to the en forcement of the prohibition law and have thus practically nullified their oath of office, E. C. Yellowly, Federal Prohibi tion Administrator of Chicago, recently sent some of his agents to Galena who arrested two of the notorious law violators of that city, Martin Bussan, owner of the “old post office" and George Bussan, owner of the "thirst parlor.” I “Now what these advocates of the ref erendum want, when they speak candidly and plainly, is the right to sell and trans port intoxicating liquor. The only way to meet the proposition which they have in mind is to submit, if they wish to employ referendum, the question of whether we shall amend the Constitution—submit it in the way provided by the Constitution." “Whether sold in the open saloon or the brothel, its natural haunt, or secretly purveyed in defiance of law, the wicked stuff works its demoralization and ruin to individuals, Communities and states. From the time it issues from the coiled and copper-colored worm in the distillery until it empties in the hell of crime, dis honor and death, misery and poverty and remorse mark its malcdict course. Not only is the record of the centuries made up against it, but now the modern indus trial world with its complex and delicate machinery, with its demand for security, safety and fitness, asks that it be ban ished.” “If the New York referendum scheme could be put into effect, 48 states would construe the Federal Constitution, and the federal authorities would have to accept the 48 constructions. We might have liquor and 48 different methods of de termining intoxicating liquor. Each state would have the right to ship its brand of liquor into every other state. The federal government would be placed in the position of conniving at this com dition and compelled to sit silent and supine while confusion reigne^l supreme over the prostrate and discredited form of the federal constitution.” Miss Mary D. Bailey, assistant U. S. District Attorney of Chicago, is a terror to the blind-pig keeping fraternity. She has recently secured padlock injunctions for 12 speak easy keepers, seven in Chicago and the others in between Aurora and Rock Island. Matto Zalapi of Rockford, not long ago, grabbed a suitcase, had his head shaved and entered the county jail at Rockford for six months with the added privilege of'paying a fine ot $500.00 and cost for the violation of the prohibition law. Appearing before County Judge F.. E. 'T.aughlin of Freeport, Clarence Camber was fined $200.00 with costs and sentenced to 60 days in the county jail. Mrs.Camber was fined $200.00 with the cost. The federal authorities have revoked the liquor permits on the Crichton drug store of Waukegon for failure to keep proper record of sales and for the diver sion of liquor for beverage purposes. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Landrey, living on a farm three miles east of Donovan are spending their summer vacation in the Iroquois County jail. Landrey was fined $400.00 and costs and his wife $200.00 and costs for the violation of the Eight eenth Amendment. They will probably in the future spend more time in raising corn and less in violating the laws of the state and nation. Every effort of the wets has for its ob ject the nullification of the Eighteenth Amendment and the return of the saloon. Wets complain because “Prohibition is again in politics.” But when was prohi bition not in politics? GREAT BRITAIN’S DRINK BILL The total drink bill of Great Britain amounts to one-twelfth of the national income. It is esti mated that the wage earners spend six weeks income each year for drink. If the workers are just above the poverty line, this expen diture tends to place them below that line, and they have to be maintained by their more sober and successful neighbors. These facts were presented at the World Conference, Against Alcohol, by George B. Wilson. THE OUTCOME OF THE PRIMARIES IN MINNESOTA The result of the recent primaries in Minnesota holds scarcely a chum of com fort for the wets. Notwithstanding this fact, the ( hicago papers have been playing up this crum as a general victory for the Minnesota booze advocates. Just where the wet victory comes in is hard to see. I hey managed to hold one wet district which has always been wet. otherwise their so-called victories look like an accumula tion of emphatic defeats. The Anti-Saloon League of Minnesota has issued the following statement: “The voters took no backward step on the question of prohibition and its en forcement in the primary election. Min nesota stands pat on her prohibition rec ord. Many wets were eliminated in this contest. The Republican and Farmer Labor successful gubernatorial candidates « V are both dry. Governor Christianson, with a good dry record, was renominated on the Republican ticket, overwhelmingly defeating Mayor Leach, of Minneapolis, wet. Ex-Senator Magnus Johnson, dry, Farmer-Labor candidate for Governor, defeated Tom Davis, wet. Dry candi dates for Congress won in all but the Fourth district, St. Paul, where Congress man Keller was defeated by Melvin J. Maas, of St. Paul, wet. The drys will put up a candidate in this district against Maas. Knutson, who favored a referen—“ dum on the prohibition issue, far outran a large field of wets and drys on both tickets, but for the most part candidates who straddled or stood for a referendum fared badly. Ex-Congressman Oscar J. Larsen, of Duluth, dry, beat William A. Pittin f r, wet, on the Republican ticket. Candidates for state office and candidates for the Legislature are all dry, as before."