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_ILLINOIS EDITION Volume XXII WESTERVILLE, OHIO, DECEMBER, 1927 Numbe, It MESSAGE OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT You can hardly realize what a heavy burden rests at this time upon the shoul ders of the Anti-Saloon League men. The bitter and persistent attacks upon the prohibition policy by a large number of great newspapers, which are not open to us for reply, must be counteracted. Young people growing up in our schools and col leges must be instructed and fortified against the insidious dangers of liquor. They musi be made to understand what a precious heritage the prohibition law ^ is, how much it has cost to obtain it, and to what extent their own welfare and that of humanity in general is involved in maintaining it. Political strength must be maintained in all parts of the country in support of this law or it will be repealed. The same evil forces which fought so hard against enactment, are now working just as hard to prevent enforcement, discourage the public, alarm politicians and thus secure the repeal of the dry law. In the midst of these terrible cross cur rents, the Anti-Saloon League stands practically alone. It is the one agency which foes of prohibition fear and to which conscientious politicians look for protection when they are in danger be cause of thei." loyal support of prohibi tion. Conscientious voters rely on the League for guidance and our supporters in the churches are constantly calling for * assistance. All arc looking to the Anti Saloon League The wets with fear and the drys with hope because of its great reputation for doing things and accom plishing what it undertakes. The whole community is being served and its best in terest promoted. To meet these demands costs more money than we can raise without your help. It is expensive business. Great financial liquor interests at home and abroad, are banded together, working against you for the destruction of prohi bition. It is impossible to stand still. By your past efforts you have achieved won ders. All working together we can still advance. A large amount of difficult and very important work must be done in our state before the next primary election. A short time ago we sent out an ap peal asking for special contributions for the campaign which is now upon us. Many of our friends responded, some quite generously. But the total amount receive ! is but a beginning of what is really needed and so we are sending out this second appeal asking most urgently that you place in our hands the funds nec essary to do the work you desire to do. Please do not fail the cause and us, your servants. We are not exaggerating the dangers before you, nor the good you can do by helping generously. NOTH ING IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS SO IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW AS PROHIBITION SUCCESS. Please visualize to some extent the blessings prohibition is bringing to our country and make a sacrificial offering to sustain it. THANK YOU. Very truly yours, Geo. B. Safford, State Superintendent. PROHIBITION IN THE UNITED STATES DISCI SSED AT RECENT ENGLAND DRY RALLY One of our Chicago subscribers lias sent us the following interesting account from the Manchester Guardian of Thurs day, October 20, 1927: The Free Trade Hall was crowded last evening for the annual public meeting in support of local option for England and Wales. Professor Gilbert Murray pre sided, and the speakers, Mr. Leif Jones, Mr. Philip Snowden, M. P., Viscount - Astor and Dr. Alfred Slater, M. P., ad dressed themselves to the following res olution, which was passed with enthusi asm: That in view of the urgent necessity for curtailing all unproductive expenditure, for developing our home markets, for in creasing the efficiency of our workers in all classes of life, for reducing unemploy ment, for improving the health of the nation, and raising the standard of living and happiness, this public meeting de mands from Parliament that the peo ple shall be empowered to protect them selves against the liquor traffic in their own localities by their direct votes. Philip Snowden said: “We are saving about four hundred millions a year, which is the figure we saved before the war, whereas, if we were actually saving as we saved then, we should be saving nearly double that sum. What is the effect of this lack of saving? It makes capital dear and therefore it in creases the costs of production.” it was not from tlie people who spent money on drink that national saving and the encouragement of trade came” lie pro ceeded. The aggregate of working class savings, savings banks, and the coopera tive movement were all going up in spite of trade depression, and it was the tee totallers who were providing these things. Our policy,’ said Mr. Snowden, in con clusion, “is the true safeguarding of in dustry policy.” Mr. A. Slater ,who said he spoke from 30 years’ experience in a working class district, said drink made men tolerant of rotten housing, low wages, and bad en vironment; it did more; it destroyed their power of sustained attack upon 'hose ii ...mj _ CHRISTMAS GREETING Another Christmas anniversary is upon us, and in the fulness of the joy and happiness of this season of sacred memory, we take occasion to offer a word of greeting to the great army of those of the nation who steadfastly believe that still, as was said of old, “Righteousness exalteth a nation” and that sobriety is the handiwork of all that is righteous. May the spirit of an universal sobriety, like the spirit of Christmastime, pervade the nation and the world, when the poor and the rich, the lowly and the renowned, will march side by side, lured by the gleam of a holy purpose to maintain prohibition, which will surely lead America to a high and exalted destiny. JUDGE BRUCE OF NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY ATTACKS “SCQFFLAWS” In a recent address on the causes of crime, delivered at the University of Il linois, Judge Bruce, of Northwestern Uni versity condemned men prominent in public and social life “who love their bel lies more than they do their country.” “If we would expect our boys and girls to be moral and law abiding,” lie said, “we should be moral and law-abiding our selves.” Judge Bruce spoke of a captain of in dustry who, at a meeting of a Chicago Business Club, told how he entertained the Governor of a southern state and while in his gardens said, "Let's walk up to the house and get a drink.” and the Governor replied, "Let's run.” I ndoubtedly the story was funny,” said Judge Bruce, "hut the tragedy lay in the tact that it was funny, since it was followed by a statement by the speaker that he violated and intended to violate the \ olstead Act because he did not be lieve in it.” “We are sowing the wind and we shall reap the whirlwind," he said. I IUNDER The wet spokesmen in the last Illinois legislature in advocating the Weber O'Grady bill to repeal the State prohibi tion law, tried to lay the increase in crime, including burglary, robbery and even murder, to the Eighteenth Amendment. Their assertions were generalities, the oft-repeated propaganda, for which no definite facts or statistics have ever been presented. As a matter of fact, these crimes of violence were increasing in this country at a tremendous rate long be fore prohibition. Students of criminal pro cedure and sociology have come to pretty definite conclusions for this increase. Note these figures which go back as far as statistics are available: Beginning with 1913 there were 8,902 homicides reported to police in the United States as against only 332 in the whole of England and Wales. In 1925, there were 7,778 homi cides in the United States, a large de crease in view of the greatly increased population, as compared with 274 for 1925 in England and Wales. These fig ures, while a very sad commentary upon our country, certainly quite clearly show that prohibition is not the cause of any in crease in the so-called crime wave. Deaths from alcoholism have been played up as having increased at a tre mendous rate under prohibition. It is true that in the last few years, there has been an increase in deaths from alcohol ism apparently over the first years of pro evil conditions with a view to remedying them. “The bulk of the real work of the Labour movement is carried on by tee totallers,” said the speaker. “Drinking stops thinking, and the moment the work ing-classes of this country take up think ing as a serious occupation that day the doom of the present evil system is seal ed.” liibilion, d he wets who arc now trying to use an increase in deaths from alcoholism as an argument against prohibition, are the ones who through a concertive prop aganda to belittle the law, caused the en forcement of the early \-cars to become lax in the great centers of population, re sulting in a temporary increase in deaths from alcoholism. But to show what prohibition enforced would have done to decrease deaths from alcoholism, we need only make compari sons between the years under the license system and the first six years of prohibi tion; in the first six years, 14,-160 fewer men and women died^of alcoholism than would have died af the average prohibi tion rate of 1910-1917. ■ HELPING THE WORLD . In another column we are printing an interesting news item from the Manches ter Guardian concerning a recent Local Option meeting held there. The fight is on in earnest in many lauds across the waters to destroy the greatest enemy of peoples and races, the beverage liquor traffic. Such activity as is evidenced by the above news item ought, indeed, to be an encouragement and inspiration to the forces in this country who have it within their power to demonstrate to the world the blessings that come to a nation free from this curse. Such news emphasizes the responsibility that rests upon Amer ica in this great undertaking. “John Barleycorn has his back to the wall in every civilized country,” is Pussy foot Johnson’s summary as to the pro gress of world wide prohibition. “In Ger many the prohibition movement is econ omic; in Norway religious. In France there is a strong organization fighting spirituous liquors. In England industrial considerations suggest to the stubborn Britisher the need of some curtailment of liquor consumption.” He sees American laborers producing much more per man than in England, as much higher wages, with high material standards prevailing, and he is wondering how far prohibition in America may explain the difference. Drys of Illinois, by helping ourselves through adequate enforcement of the law, we are helping to usher in a new day for the people of other countries who are fighting against tremendous odds to save themselves from degradation and ruin being wrought by strong drink!