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of intoxicating liquors. But we give them, credit for hav
ing intelligence enough to know that they can’t fool the farmers. The farmers always were for prohibition. They never were stronger for it than they are today, after experiencing the benefits of National Prohibition. Recently Mr. Louis J. Tabor, National President of the Grange, which has over eight hundred thousand members, declared that in speeches in forty-three states his mention of law enforcement and respect for the Eighteenth Amendment, had drawn more applause than any other point lie made. The wets in the Illinois legislature are capable of mak ing a lot of noise, but they can't bamboozle the farmers. Me predict that the impression which they make upon the farmers of Illinois in advocating repeal of the Pro hibition law, will be about as visible as the hole which the use of corn in liquor manufacture made in the farm er’s corn cribs in the days of license. The Poison Booze Bunk Illinois has rarely seen such an avalanche of press dispatches, editorials, and cartoons on any single sub ject as recently resulted from the efforts of the wets to prejudice prohibition enforcement by its hue and cry about poison liquor. The wet press has perhaps con vinced many people that prohibitionists have suddenly put into effect some new law requiring the deliberate poisoning of alcohol as an aid to enforcement. The fact is industrial alcohol has always been made undrinkable or poisonous. This is not a practice peculiar to prohibition America. It was in effect here fourteen years before Prohibition came. Great Britain, without Prohibition, poisons her liquor with methanol or wood alcohol. Canada, the Utopia of the wets, much lauded because of her “modernized” methods of dealing with booze, requires the addition of 30 pet cent wood alcohol to completely denature industrial alcohol. The United States simply follows the uniform custom of all civi lized nations and adds certain denaturants to ethyl or grain alcohol, in order to make possible its cheap and tax-free use as a raw material in industry. Other na tions use from 10 to 30 per cent methanol or wood al cohol for that purpose. The United States uses from 4 to 9 per cent only. The newspapers that shout loudest about the horrors of poison in alcohol, never for a moment advocate pun ishment for the loathsome, cowardly sneaks who make a lazy living dispensing poisoned liquor for beverage use. And the editors who are shedding the biggest tears are not the ones who protested against the terrific death toll taken by the army of main street, licensed predecessors of the present day back-in-thc-alley sellers of poison liquor. PROHIBITION WORK AMONG ILLINOIS COLLEGES 7 . ■ . . .... . ■ ---- Thanks to our National Prohibition Laws the majority of the students now in our colleges are not acquainted with the saloon. They do not know, from per sonal observation, what a degrading and villainous institution is was. They have no mental pictures of its vileness, its filth, and its disgusting and pitiable products, the reeling, staggering drunkard. They have no conception of the helpless wretchedness of a drunkard's home. They never saw one. For this reason they are the easier prey of wet propagandists who personally de ny the best known facts about alcoholic liquors and their effects upon the human system, the home, society and business. The Anti-Saloon League believes there is no more important civic t-ask just at this juncture than to set them right on this important subject. Our young col lege men and women must be fortified with the truth. They will be leaders in the communities where they are to live and they must be equipped to lead for ward and not backward. With this in mind, the Anti-Saloon League last fall engaged a trained sec retary from the Inter-Collegiate Prohibi tion Association to visit the colleges of Illinois, make the acquaintance of facul ties and student leaders, and open the way for forum discussions of the national Prohibition policy, the reasons for it and the results it produces. This work has been carried on for about five months and has been iavalu able. Our college secretary opened the way for Mr. Boyd P. Doty, an expert on this subject, to visit each state university and about a dozen other colleges during the months of January and February. In most instances lie was received with a certain reserve, but departed with the highest approval of his work. First: What Mr. Doty has to say about the students he met. “I found the student body almost uni versally open-minded and fair. Anyone who has believed the silly stuff about the college students at the present time, needs to revise his opinion. Tf he wrants to have an invigorating mental and spirit ual experience, it would he wTorth while to spend two weeks meeting these young men and women first hand and watching them deal with the problem of prohibi tion. They are not afraid to tackle the question. They are not superficial about it and in 99 case's in 100 T found them absolutely honest in their desire to know more about the situation. Undoubtedly they need to know more than they do. I think they recognize that fact and be cause their business is to learn things, they take it as a matter of course that they should learn more about prohibi tion.” Secondly: Our inquiry sent to the col Jege professors and leaders. “Will you kindly drop us a line indi cating how you value this work and whether you consider that we are justi fied in continuing it. Any expression of opinion of approval or criticism will be appreciated.” Third: Their replies. Illinois State Normal University, Normal, Illinois. “In response to your inquiry of recent date relative to the work of Mr. Doty in the Illinois State Normal University, per mit me to say that he seemed to take well with the students. His open and frank way of discussing the liquor prob lem and the absence of propaganda in his address is what, in my estimation, gave him the reception by the students.” (Signed) Howard W. Adams. Western Illinois Teachers College Macomb, 111. ", . . Mr. Doty gave a good, prac tital talk to our students at the morning assembly. I think his work valuable, es pecially before a group of prospective teachers such as we have here. Nothing could be mare effective in helping to cre ate the much needed public sentiment for the Prohibition law. . . ” (Signed) Prof. Irving Garwood. Northern Illinois Teachers College De Kalb, 111. “Mr. Boyd P. Doty did a very fine and constructive piece of work while with us. He talked before the General Assembly, in group meetings and at an informal din ner given in the evening, given purposely that he might have the opportunity of reaching the students who did not have any other opportunity of hearing him. “We felt that his work was very much worth while.” (Signed) Dean A. N. Annas Naperville College, Naperville, 111. “Mr. Doty made a very fine impres sion. His chapel talk was illuminating. The class room discussions I attended, were very fruitful. I think the plan is a good one.” (Signed) Prof. E. E. Domn. YOUR UNCLE KNOWS HIS BUSINESS By I rank Collier ■_• ,_ ■ • ■'_ .. Augustana College, Rock Island, 111. “I wish to express my genuine satis faction with tlic visit of Mr. Doty at Au gustana (Rock Island). Me brought a convincing message and answered many questions put to him, in a way that clear ed the atmosphere and threw light on the whole national problem.” (Signed) Dr. Otto H. Bostrom The State University, Champaign, Til. “Mr. Doty is, I think, the best posted man on prohibition that 1 have ever met. I was with him when he met the debat ing coach and a number of young men who were studying this question for an I ntercollegate debate, I was with him when he spoke after dinner to a fraternity group, I was present when he spoke to a group in the auditorium, and T heard film talk to a number of individuals. He has the happy faculty of being able to get his facts across without offending any body. I feel that the man who wins out with a group of college fellows must be that type of man, a man who knows his facts thoroughly and who can get them across in a winning way without rousing antagonism. "I certainly hope that we may have Doty with us again at some time in the future.” (Signed) Mr. John G. Cattron, Secy., Y.M.C.A. ”... From all I have been able to learn, Mr. Doty’s work on the Illinois campus was most commendable. He spoke at our Epworth League service and made a splendid presentation of the Prohibition situation. He led a number of discussion groups in fraternity and so rority houses and also conducted a forum on international aspects of the Prohibi tion question. “In these days when so much unfair propaganda concerning prohibition is be ing circulated, I consider that the work of such a man as Doty is very worth while. His personality is pleasing and he seems to have a real understanding of the facts.” (Signed) Rev. W. D. Frose, Pastor at Wesley Foundation. The Mt. Morris College, Mt. Morris, 111. "... Mr. Doty’s address to the en tire student body and faculty at chapel was most kindly received and exceedingly instructive and educational to the end of arousing sentiment and creating talking material in dealing with the problems growing out of the enforcement of the Amendment. He held conferences with groups of students and my personal judg ment is that Mr. Doty is very capable and is doing an efTective piece of work. He lacks the ecclesiastical bias but has all of the heart qualities and attached to that the legal training which makes his work doubly efTective with all types of stu dents. I can recommend him most heart ily, and we would welcome him to our campus another time. . . .” (Signed) Pres. W. W. Peters, Pres. Mt. Morris College.