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The American issue. [volume] (Westerville, Ohio) 1912-19??, May 01, 1927, Image 7

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opposed to the saloon. We also assume
that you are opposed to illicit liquor
sales resulting in scenes such as depicted
by your artist in cartoons two and three.
Can you point to any group of night
clubs, cabarets or bling pigs with a record
like that?
Do you believe the Chicago Tribune
editorial is overdrawn? If not, do you
think that liquor today is claiming as
many youthful drinkers as it did
in those days described by the Chi
cago Tribune? But bear in mind that it
•was booze in both those days and these
days—booze, the thing that you are ask
ing be returned—that claimed these
youthful victims. And have you or your
organization ever exerted an ounce of in
fluence to send these sellers of illicit liq
uor to the penitentiary where they be
Your letterhead proves two things,
that booze is bad when illegally sold, and
that it is just as bad when legally sold;
but it utterly fails to prove or even sug
gest how it can be made respectable and
harmless when sold under whatever
scheme you fellows have, (and which you
have thus far refused to reveal to the
public,) of selling it when the Eight
eenth Amendment is nullified.
We have taken the liberty of printing
j’-our letter in full becaus^ we wish to let
the friends of prohibition read your tes
timony that prohibition prohibits. I re
fer to the paragraph where you state
that in these days the only liquor you
can get is poisonous stuff, unfit to drink,
and therefore an illicit beverage.
Wouldn’t it be the part of patriotism
and good sense to let the poisonous stuff
alone? The bootlegger would soon go
out of business if he had no patrons.
We read with a great deal of interest
the editorial on the silk worm’s jag. Does
your organization contemplate putting on
a national campaign for the return of
booze on the ground that an alcoholic diet
makes silkworms more industrious? You
suggest that if alcohol is good for silk
worms, why isn’t it good for the toilers
who work in our mills? We wish to re
mind you, sir, that there are thousands of
women in this country today who, in the
old saloon days never coveted silk gar
ments, but only decent clothing, and
could not have it because the wages of the
household were spent over the bar, but
who, today, are properly clothed and fed
and participating in this universal pros
perity which is distinguishing America
above all nations of the world.
Big Freighter With $1,000,000 Booze Car
go Taken Into Custody at
A 1,200 ton freighter with a liquor car
go estimated to be worth from $600,000
to $1,000,000 was seized early the morn
ing of April 13 by the marine police at
pier twelve, Hoboken, after a pistol battle
in which several shots were fired, says the
New York Times of April 14. Four of the
ship’s crew were arrested. Her captain
and about 24 of the crew escaped. On the
side of the freighter and on her life boats
the name Fort Gaines appeared in fresh
Customs officers and special investigat
ors said that she was the Ventura, and an
old offender against the national prohibi
tion law. Several revolvers and black
jacks were found aboard the vessel. The
boat was taken over by customs men
under command of Lieutenant J. J. Man
ning of the customs service.
An exchange suggests that as the drys
*»•<• the camel as a symbol, wets should
adopt the blind pig.
Seventy Thousand Gallons of Beer Poured into Sewers and Doors of the
Brewery Padlocked, Reasonably Convincing Testimony that
Prohibition Prohibits
Weidemann Brewery, Newport, Ky., Main Building
Thirty Padlocks and thirty notices of Federal Court Order like above completely
Close the Weidemann Brewery property in Newport, Ky., to abate a nuisance.
United States Marshall J. H. Ham
mons and a staff of deputies on March 25
opened the spigots of the Weidemann
brewery, Newport, Ky., and began drain.,
ing the huge stock of beer stored in the
brewery. The beer was drained into the
sewer, thence into the Licking river. It
took several days to empty the huge tanks
containing in all 2,800 barrels, or 70,000
In addition to destroying the beer
which was done on order of Federal
Judge A. M. Cochran, the entire brew
ery was padlocked for one year. The
staff of deputies used 20,000 nails and
several hundred locks to close the plant.
The drastic action was taken following
the trial on charges of violating the pro
hibition law. Four storekeeper gaugers
who-had been assigned to the brewery
were suspended by Robert H. Lucas, col
lector of internal revenue for Kentucky,
and an investigation into their alleged
carelessness was begun.
“The brewery plant with all buildings
occupies approximately five acres in the
heart of Newport, and cost $2,500,000 to
build, under prices of the real old days”
George Delatone, brewmaster for eight
een years, said. “It could not be built
today for ten million dollars,” he added.
Counsel for the Weidemann Company
made a futile appeal to Judge Cochran to
modify his order and allow them to save
the beer which they contend was manu
factured legally.
English People Are Taking Notice of Ef
fects of Our Dry Law
American Issue correspondent living
in England, in a recent letter says:
“The drink question is not nearly so
serious here, at least in the country where
I live, as it was some years ago. Gener
ally the young men are sober, but drunk
enness is still here. Not long ago Sir Ar
thur Balfour delivered an address to the
Manchester Statistical Society. In this
address he said that the British National
drink bill last year was 300 million
pounds. Furthermore, he credited (by
the ‘unanimous testimony of all observ
ers’) prohibition in the United States as
‘one of the most powerful causes of its
commercial prosperity.’
“Evidently prohibition is impressing
the British people who are willing to look
a fact in the fact, because the movement
is gaining ground in various ways, al
though rather slowly.”
Years ago wets opposed temperance.
Now they claim to uphold temperance,
but oppose the prohibition of that which
the majority has outlawed.
Predictions Made That Dominion
Will Soon Be Entirely Back in
Wet Column
According to an Ottawa, Ontario, As
sociated Press dispatch of April 7, there
is possibility that by 1^28 there will he
but one remaining dry province in the
Dominion of Canada. The possibility
came from the passage of a motion in
the New Brunswick legislature of an in
troduction of a bill which would put that
province in the list of those who have
abandoned prohibition for government
control legislation.
Premier J. D. Stewart of Prince Ed
ward Isle also intimated that lie would
contest the general election campaign
this year on a wet platform. Inclusion of
the province of New Brunswick and the
Prince Edward Island would leave only
one of flic nine provinces in the domin
ion adhering to prohibition—Nova Sco
Quebec was the first province to adopt
the government control system, continues
the dispatch about six years ago, anil was
soon followed by British Columbia, Man
itoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and more
recently Ontario, In every instance but
one the proposal was submitted by the
voters in the form of a referendum. The
exception was Ontario where Premier
Howard G. Ferguson made it an election
issue last year.
This Associated Press Dispatch paints
perhaps a gloomy picture for the drys,
but we on this side of the border will do
well to remember that the drys of Canada
have not given up the fight. Prohibition
never had a chance in Canada except for
a brief period under war-time prohibition',
for the reason that the dry provinces were
in reality not dry. The dominion gov
ernment bail control of the manufacture
and transportation of intoxicating liquor.
Ontario, for instance, which was prob
ably the driest of the provinces, was com
pelled by dominion law to tolerato brew
eries. The product of these breweries was
not supposed to be sold within the prov
ince, but by a system known as short-cir
cuiting, orders were taken from outside
the province and liquor, by a circuitous
route eventually found its way back into
the province. This same situation pre
vailed in practically all the provinces,
making law enforcement much more dif
ficult than it would otherwise have been.
Many drys became discouraged and yield
ed to the temptation to derive revenue
from the sale of liquor. It is doubtful if
the good people of Canada will long tol
erate the liquor traffic. It is to be hoped
when they next try prohibition it will be
on the dominion-wide scale.
Canada has made a further ges
ture toward enforcing the Canada
United States rum running treaty
and halting the flow of beer and
hard liquor into Uncle Sam’s do
main, says a Chicago Tribune spe
cial press dispatch carrying an Ot
tawa dateline of April 18. Instruc
tions were sent by the commission
er of customs to collectors advising
them that in respect to the transit
of liquors a bond of a guarantee
company is now required with for
eign landing certificates. This cov
ers any liquor cargo not duty paid
other than ship’s stores on any ves
sel clearing from a Canadian port.

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