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THE SMITH-BRENNAN SENATORIAL CONTEST
Although the Senatorial Election is more than a month old, we still hear some mutterings of discontent. They are, however, far outnumbered by the hearty endorse ments that we are receiving from many leaders in distant states, as well as from Illi nois friends. On this page we are reproducing some of these good cheer words and with these we shall write finis and hereafter regard the Smitli-Brcnnan Senatorial Contest as a closed incident. The following article from the editorial columns of the Galesburg Republican Register of Dec. 6th, by Professor T. R. Williard, is such an able analysis of the situation that we take pleasure in re-pro ducing it in full: Its Position Supported We believe that the following by T. R. Willard expresses the views of a large number of voters of the county: To the Republican-Register: “In view of the result of the recent Il linois election no one could blame the An ti-Saloon League of the state if it should appropriate the saying of our Lord, ‘Wis dom is justified of all her children.’ The league’s officials openly recommended the support of Frank L. Smith rather than of Mr Magill and just as openly gave their reasons. ‘‘For thi> they were attacked and criti cized by many, some of them friends of prohibition, the cause for whose policy the Anti-Saloon League officials are held responsible. “And now wisdom has been justified on these, her children, not only the course they adopted, but also their grounds for adopting it, and they have the right to ap propriate the encouragement which our Lord intended for those who persist in a right course in spite of misunderstand ing and criticism. For sec! Mr. Brennan, the ‘dripping’ wet candidate, who declared that a vote for him was a vote for light wine and beer, was defeated by a majority of 71,363, and there should be added the 150,485 votes cast for Mr. Magill, since these would not under any circumstances have been cast for the wet candidate. However, those who cast them have the sorry consolation of the reflection that they did all they could for his election. But supposing the League leaders had advised tlie support of Mr. Magill, as their critics demanded, then we should have seen the Anti-Saloon League working hand in hand with the wets, and the elec tion of Mr. Brennan would have been al most assured, for that would have been the result if only 71,363 voters had taken that advice. To have secured the election of Mr. Magill, however, would have re quired the transfer to his support not 71, 363 voters, but of 617,997. No one in his senses would regard such a transfer as a possibility, and any attempt to induce it would rightly be termed a ‘tragic blun der,’ to use the term applied to the course of leaders of the League by a prom inent Congregational clergyman of Chi cago, as quoted by the public press. The mass of the temperance voters of Illinois did not and would not accept the leader ship of these clergymen rather than that of the officials of the Anti-Saloon League. “First and most important of all, the temperance voters rest in the perfect as surance that their leaders are absolutely unselfish and sincere in their plans and work for the good of the cause. Further more the success of their plans in the past has vindicated the soundness of their judgment. And still further, they have the advantage of long experience in situations similar to that confronting the friends of temperance at this last election. It is not the first time that they have found them selves handicapped by the mistakes of can didates whom they nevertheless felt they must support. Ideal candidates in politics are as rare at least as ideal candidates in the ministry, and these officials through their long experience ought to have be come experts in determining what candi date falls least short of the ideal. But what need of these presumptions that our lead ers have good reasons for their rccommen dations, when they were so plainly stated and above all when without need of state ment they were so evident to the good sense of the friends of temperance and so commended themselves to their conscienc es as well as their common sense. I claim for the mass of the supporters of Mr. Smith as much moral sensitiveness in the matter of the expenditure of money in political contests as can be claimed for those who supported Mr. Magill. I think most would agree that Mr. Smith’s accept ance of Mr. Insull’s large contribution to the expenses of his primary was a mis take, to say the least, and it would seem that so experienced a politician might have foreseen the result. And not the least unfortunate feature was the embar rassing position in which that acceptance placed his best friends. Only the convic tion of Mr. Smith’s personal uprightness secured for him the endorsement and vote of the vast majority of the friends of teni_ perance. "Finally the Anti-Saloon League may congratulate its leaders upon the vote on the referendum. True, 607,129 voted for it, and only 322,323 against it, but how about the 829,260 that ignored this ballot altogether? The great majority were tak ing the advice of the League ‘as this ballot meant nothing, determined nothing and was illegal.’ But a vote against Mr. Bren nan did mean something, determined something and was entirely legal. Indeed, Mr. Brennan himself declared that a vote for him was a vote for light wine and beer. ‘Per contra those who did not vote for him voted against light wine and beer. That was a referendum with teeth, and on this the majority against light wine and beer reached nearly a quarter of a mil lion. But perhaps the most definite test of the temperance sentiment of Illinois is found in the tremendous majorities given to its two Congressmen-at-Large, both pronounced dries. Doubtless some tem perance Democrats voted for them, but many more wet Republicans cast their ballots for the candidates of the wets. “For all these good results the tem perance people of Illinois give large credit to the leaders of the Anti-Saloon League, and they constitute a genuine vote of confidence in them and in their policy. I am sure, too, that every friend of temper, ance will endorse the motto quoted in The Issue, from the Japanese, ‘After ev ery victory, sharpen your sword’.” T. R. Willard. A GREAT ADVANCE PROGRAM (Continued from Page 1) by engaging a young man of experience to visit the large colleges in the State of Il linois, and arrange ways and means by which the necessity and the wisdom of the pro hibition policy can be made clear to the rising generation of leaders now growing up in our colleges and win their hearty approbation and support. An expenditure of about $3,500 in this line would provide for the maintenance of this work through the year and a very desirable enlargement, of it. All of these lines of work are in advance of and should be carried on in addition to what we have been doing in the past. They are all parts of the very important educational work which we must promote successfully if we are to overcome the wide spread and determined effort of the wets to mould popular opinion in favor of the res toration of beverage liquor. Dramatic Debate Fourth:The well-known prohibition debate, which has been used by Anti-Saloon League men for some time and is one of the most successful methods of putting pro hibition facts before a general audience, has recently entered into a new field where it is accomplishing great good and reaches an audience heretofore quite outside the scope of Anti-Saloon League work. During the past year this Christgau prohibition debate has been given by Messrs. Langley and Johnson before nearly a hundred Kiwanis, Lions Clubs and other promi nent associations of men. It has become very popular in this field and there is a great demand for this service. In some instances the debate has been presented before college and high school students, always with great success. This is one of the most valuable forms of educational work the League can do. In such cases to a large extent it must be free or at a nominal fee because these or ganizations do not permit offerings. But w'hen we consider the opportunity to get the message across to these groups, it is of the first importance and we will make any sac rifice in order to continue it for the coming year. We estimate that to carry this forward in the coming year as we have done in the past, would cost about $4,000 over and above the direct returns. The aggregate cost of the above program is a little over $20,000. We ask you to supply us with this $20,000 as a special holiday offering to equip the League for ef fective advance wTork to begin at the earliest possible moment in the New Year. This is no time for the Christian Temperance forces to be idle. Almost with the opening day of Congress the wets have begun a bitter and intense offensive against Prohibi tion. This will continue for the next three years. We believe that through such an educational program as we have outlined, we shall make the best possible preparation for this struggle. When you are thinking about Christmas offerings in kind deeds for those you love please send us a substantial sum at once to help us do this work, and thus indirectly, but certainly, bestow one of the greatest possible blessings upon the rising generation and the children at your own fireside. Remember the items: Radio The Moving Picture The College Visitor The Prohibition Debate We need every one of them. FEWER DRUNKENNESS CASES Records of Public Institutions of Il linois Show Growing Benefits of Prohibition In the last annual report of the Illinois Department of Public Welfare, for the year ending June 30th, 1925, Mr. E. R. Amick, State Statistician, in presenting tabulations on admissions to all Illinois penal and charitable institutions, (at page 29) says: “Use of Alcohol” “THE PERCENTAGE OF IN TEMPERATE CASES AMONG TOTAL FIRST ADMISSIONS WAS LOWER THAN FOR ANY ONE OF THE LAST FOUR YEARS.” The just-as-much-as-evcr-sold propa ganda of the liquor advocates becomes a sickly, gasping noise in the face of such a summary, based as it is, on actual condi tions in a great state like Illinois. Despite all the clamor of the wets and the doubt ing Thomases, officials everywhere are writing the final epitaph of John Barley corn into the unanswerable public records of our municipalities and states. LEAGUE BOARD MEETS (Continued From Page 1) becoming more effective steadily and that violations of the principle and spirit of prohibition is steadily growing less. RESOLVED: That we respectfully call attention of educational leaders of our State to the statutes which provide for the teaching in the public schools of the effects of alcohol upon the human body, and request them to sec that this provision of the statute is not ignored by those who have the edu cation of our young people in charge. RESOLVED: That we urge our Anti-Saloon League officers and field workers to study ways and means of enlarging the educational program of the League and that special effort be made to bring an understanding of the prohibition policy and it* purpose for the general good, to the minds of the multitudes of foreign citizens in our large cities and the remote and neglected dis tricts of the rural sections of our State. Inasmuch as twenty-six denominations and six other state-wide religious and re form organizations elect each year theit respective quotas of trustees of the Anti Saloon League of Illinois, and these re sponsible representatives, with the mem bers at large, make a company of one hundred and three persons, and inasmuch as this group, widely representing all parts of the State, meets twice each year for an all-day conference to receive reports, to adopt policies, consider the methods and work of the Anti-Saloon League of Illi nois, and inasmuch as this duly elected delegated body is responsible to the de nominations and other bodies it thus au thoritatively represents, and inasmuch as it has created by due legal process an Ex ecutive Committee which is an incorpo rated body to carry out its policies and execute the plans of the said Board of Trustees of the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois; RESOLVED: That each denomination or other Society, through its own quota of representatives on the State Board of Trustees, be assured that it may at any time in special or regular meeting, propose changes in the policies and methods oi the Anti-Saloon League of Illinois.