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ORGANIZED LABOR IS NOT WET
Union Labor Advocate of Chicago Says Working Men Are Against the Booze Booster in Whatever Garb He Masquerades, and Are Through With Those Who Would Ring Up Laborer’s PayCheck and Send Him Home Penniless [The following article appeared in the January number of the Union Labor Advocate of Chicago. This is a publication which advocates the cause of Organized Labor along constructive lines. The Advocate is a quarter of a century old ,and stands for the best interests of the work ing man, as this article clearly proves.] By this time the country has grown rather tired of the attitude of cer tain classes to ignore the Constitution of the United States. There has never been a time when the attitude of disrespect to our fundamental law has been so widely encouraged among people who should know better than since the Amendment which removed the government from partner ship in the commercialized liquor traffic. There is need today for a careful distinction between the question of prohibition and the dignity of the Con stitution of the United States. For some time the press of the country has been filled by statements from people in all walks of life claiming that Organized Labor is wet and opposed to the Volstead Law, While there are some unions who entered largely into the manufacturing and distribution of the brewers’ products were naturally opposed to the enactment of the present law, yet as a whole the laboring people in general have been more than satisfied with the adop tion of the Volstead amendment. No single class of our people has benefited more than the laboring people. They have Labor Temples and Banks to day in place of dingy quarters and settle its disputes without drink caused riots. Labor Bank deposits Deposits in labor banks in the United States now run to a total of more than $111,000,000. At the close of business June 30, total deposits in 36 labor banks in America was $110,875,791. Accumulation of this enormous total of money is the result of only six years of effort in the labor banking field, for it is only six years since the first labor bank opened its doors. The B. of L. bank in Cleveland ranks first in point of deposits, with its total of $23,790,510. The Federation Bank and Trust Company of New York, Peter J. Brady, president, ranks second, with total deposits that on June 30 ran to a total of $15,441,485. Total resources of the group of labor banks runs far above the figures shown in the deposit column. The financial strength of labor, a matter of great uncertainty prior to the advent of labor banks, is now amply indicated. In total, this finan cial strength would run far above the funds 4hown by the bank statements and probably could be little more than approximated. It would include the cash value of a large number of buildings throughout the country, some of them small meeting halls, and some of them imposing metropolitan structures; and it would include large sums invested in bonds and other securities, as well as money deposited in banks not in the list of labor banks. Labor Life Insurance Adding to the financial strength of labor is the new Union Labor Life Insurance Company, now preparing actively for the opening of business. President Woll is now continuously engaged in making the necessary ar rangements for an expert stall. With this company in operation there will at once begin a new accumulation of labor funds. Individual deposits in savings banks in the United States increased 40 per cent per capita in each decade from 1900 to 1920, they have been growing at the rate of 55 per cent per decade since 1920. Assets of building and loan associations increased from $1,898,344,346 in 1919 to $5,500,000,000 today. New business in industrial insurance in 1917 averaged $61,484,000 monthly; it now averages over $205,000,000 a month. The whole realty market has been advanced by national prohibition since its enactment in 1920. National prohibition is making the American people more productive. Labor More Productive Prohibition United States is the richest and happiest nation in the whole world. Legal liquor traffic in this country has as much chance of being revived as has a humming bird to fly from here to the planet Mars. The whole body of retail trade is affected by the increased buying ca pacity of the sober worker. Manufacturers of clothing testify to the fact that their industry is helped by the desire on the part of working people to buy and wear better clothing. This condition is due to the increase of self-respect on the part of workmen who are transferring their money from booze to clothes. Also there has been a marked increase in the consumption of milk. Prohibition is the greatest social, moral or economic adventure in the political history of the world. Under a few years of this great advance even with miserable enforcement America now leads the world in produc tion and increase of wealth and the general standard of a better human life. Today the movies, the radio, and automobiles have taken the place iti the United States of drink, which thirty years ago was the “only outlet for change for many persons.” To refuse to obey a law because we do not like that law is treason. To choose which law we shall obey and which we shall violate is selective anarchy. If we allow the violation of one law, it will end in the violation of all laws. More Facts for Labor to Consider This country is saving $6,000,000,000 a year by prohibition. Money received, instead of being employed uselessly for hiring labor to manufacture whisky and beer has been used iiv hiring labor to build houses, make clothes and other things worth while. A great portion of this money base gone into savings banks, which money has been a great factor in keeping interest low. In the history of this world there has never been such an amount of money saved by working people and deposited in savings banks for the rainy or snowy day as in America since Prohibition became a law. The amount now reaches the enormous sum of more than $18,000,000,000. The wets make, as their excuse for modifying the Volstead Act, the old, worn out argument for personal liberty. They have no economic argument. 1 he facts in the industrial world have knocked any such argument off its feet. The only statement left for the wets, therefore, is “personal lib erty.” All of which boils down to a thirst for drink and a corresponding thirst for gain. Put why worry? After the fall elections Congress is overwhelmingly dry. The chances for modification of the Volstead Act are about as hopeful as the making of a summer resort out of the Sahara desert, or the reconstruction of Death Valley into a Coney Island. No, Organized Labor is “too wise” to want to go back to the old.days. MR. FORD FAVORS PROHIBITION Henry Ford has been talking to Presi dent Coolidge. The papers of Feb. 10 told the story. No man’s opinion is of greater value than Mr. Ford’s on questions of in dustry and practical economics. Hence we liked what he said in this latest inter view and we know you will like it too. “President Coolidge impressed me as being in splendid health and in good spir its,” Mr. Ford said. “He struck me as standing up well under the many duties of his office. I was happy to see that he was looking so well.” In reply to questions as to what they discussed during the few moments they chatted, Mr. Ford said they talked about nothing in particular. He added that they simply exchanged greetings. Believes in Prohibition Asked for an opinion regarding prohi bition, Mr. Ford readily replied that he firmly believed in prohibition, adding that the results have been so beneficial he hoped it had come to stay. “Prohibition is a good thing for the country and it should be continued,” he stated. “I am in a position to know that it has been of untold benefit to the work ing man. Surveys made in my own plant show this. The conditions among work ing men now compared with the period before prohibition arc as different as is day from night. “The country is better off with prohi bition. Alcohol is no good for any one.” Theodore Johnson pleaded guilty yes terday in county court before Judge Leo nard E. Telleen to a charge of illegal transportation of intoxicating liquor, and was sentenced to serve sixty days in the county jail. Johnson and Hugh Nelson were ar rested north of Cambridge by Sheriff Nash just before the holidays. Nelson is being held pending investigation by the grand jury.—Moline Dispatch, Jan. 22, 1927. _ Walter Brown of Schram City pleaded guilty in the circuit court to an indictment charging him with violating the Eight eenth Amendment. Judge Jett fined him $200 and costs and sentenced him to serve four months in jail.—Litchfield Union, Jan. 27, 1927.