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The American ILLINOIS EDITION Volume XXIV WESTERVILLE, OHIO, DECEMBER, 1929 Number U TEE 24th NATIONAL CONVENTION OF THE ANTI-SALOON LEAGUE DETROIT, JANUARY 15 TO IS, 1930 The Rallying Call to the Unfinished Fight for Prohibition; Enemies of National Prohibition Policy Were Never so Well Financed nor so Efficiently Organized nor so Skillfully Led as Today DRY'S MUST HOLD THE LINE AND ADVANCE Your Church, Ycur Sunday School and Your Young People’s Societies Should be Represented at This Council of Dry Leaders. WHY NOT SEND YOUR PASTOR? Forward march is the keynote that will be sounded at the convention of the Anti Saloon League of America to be held in Detroit. January 14. 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19. The fight against the liquor interests is not yet won. No well wisher for the suc cess of our prohibition policy is deceived by the belief that prohibition is one hun dred per cent effective, nor is he blind to the fact that the outlawed liquor interests have not surrendered WETS ORGANISED AND WELL FINANCED In spite of the fact that the beverage liquor traffic is outlawed its friends were never so well organized, never so well financed, and never so skillfully directed as they are to-day. The metropolitan newspapers with a few notable exceptions are enlisted in the fight against prohibi tion. An astonishingly large number of magaz’nes are jeopardizing their good reputation for adhering to high standards of American ideals, by espousing the cause of those who would bring back liquor even at the cost of nullifying the Constitution. The liquor trade journals have for the mosc part suspended publication and pe riodicals disguised as family magazines but in reality spokesmen for the outlawed l(:quor traffic have taken their place. A i#.’W of the wealthiest and large manufac turers and business men of the country are not only giving individually tens of thousands of dollars to the leading wet organization, the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, but are also di recting the campaign to restore the liquor traffic to the United States. UNITED FOR GOVERNMENT CONTROL Where a few months ago each wet or ganization was urging its own substitute for prohibition there seems now to be a unity of action in demanding some form of so-called government control such as prevails in the Canadian provinces as a substitute. If this unity is as real as it pretends, it is the first time in the history of the prohibition movement when the drys will have to face an enemy wholly in agreement upon a method of procedure. PROHIBITION POLICY MENACED The situation calls the drys to more in tensive and comprehensive campaign than ever before conducted. It must be a cam paign that will reach the youth and the foreign language speaking groups, es pecially in the cities, with the truth about alcohol and with the truth about the li cense system as operated before prohibi tion—all this to counteract the publicity of the enemies of prohibition broadcast through the metropolitan press and the wet magazines. The drys must maintain their organizations in the various congres sional districts to insure a Congress that will not attempt to substitute for prohi ' bttion any form of regulation whether it be government control or a traffic United to beer and wine. This then is the primary purpose of th convention—that the friends of the pro hibition policy may counsel together and plan the campaign how best to repulse the attacks of those who would overthrow the policy, thus retaining what we have, and how best to promote more per fect enforcement and observance of the law. WHAT A REVIEW OP THE TEN YEARS RECALLS The convention is held at a time which marks the tenth anniversary of the Eight eenth Amendment. These past ten years offer much for encouragement to push the sion. The friends of prohibition are jus tified in recognizing and rejoicing over the moral, health and economic benefits fight for sobriety to a successful conclu wliich have resulted through prohibitiou under admittedly imperfect enforcement. Recognition of these blessings will spur the drys to greater effort to maintain the policy and to bring about better observ ance of the law. It will also indicate whatever mistakes have been made in the administration of the law and will reveal those provisions in it that are most in need of strengthen ing. Certainly whatever changes are to be made either in the administration of the law or in the law itself should be made by its friends, those who, with the Pres ident, “wish to see the law succeed,” and not by those who are intent upon de stroying it. It is well worth while, there fore, to look back over these ten years momentarily. We find in them both en couragement and a challenge. We must accept the challenge which bids us to fight not only to hold what we have gained but to advance. It is either retreat or forward march! An unbiased presentation of blessings and difficulties and failures will be made at the Detroit convention by men and women representing every section of the United States and well qualified to speak. Also representatives of Federal and state government upon whose shoulders rests the responsibility of the enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment will make their reports. Ten years is too short a period after more than one hundred years of easy ac cess to beverage alcohol to render the snap judgment that prohibition is a failure and incapable of enforcement. It has not been too short a period, however, for any rea sonable man or woman to weigh the ben efits against the difficulties arising from the enforcement of the policy and to ren der fair judgment. TIIE VALUE OF THE CONVENTION TO YOUR COMMUNITY The value of this convention to your community, as has been the case with every preceding convention, will be great ly enhanced if a delegate from your com munity is present. History will repeat itself and the enthusiasm for, and the de termination to bring about more effective observance and enforcement will be man ifested in every section of the United States as was the enthusiasm for the con stitutional amendment which spread like wildfire following the convention held in Columbus, Ohio, in 1913, at which time was launched the campaign to write the Eighteenth Amendment into the Consti tution. The delegates who attended that convention were the messengers who aroused the people to action throughout the nation. The Detroit convention can and must be made to arouse the enthusi asm of the people to the support of President Hoover’s appeal for the people’s aid in the suppression of the rebellion , against the Constitution and the laws. WORKERS’ CONFERENCE PRECEDES CONVENTION Never in the history of the prohibition movement in this country has there been TENTATIVE CONVENTION PROGRAM OUTLINE Tuesday evening, Jan. 14—Workers’ Con ference. Wednesday forenoon, Jan. 15—Workers’ Conference. Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 15—Workers’ Conference. Wednesday evening, Jan. 15—Opening ses sion of the Convention. Speakers, Bish op Thomas Nicholson, A. J. Barton, F. Scott McBride. Thursday forenoon, Jan. 16—Addresses by State Superintendents. Thursday noon, Jan. 16—Business Lunch eon. Addresses by Col. Patrick Henry Callahan and representative business men. Thursday afternoon, Jan. 16—State Super intendents; Justice Florence Allen; Dra matic feature, “The Editor’s Challenge.” Thursday evening, Jan. 16—Major Frank B. Ebbert; Dr. Ernest H. Cherrington; Moonshine murder trial, “Who Killed e Earl Wright?” Friday forenoon, Jan. 17—Addresses by State Superintendents; Dramatic fea ture, “Can the Law Be Enforced.” Friday afternoon, Jan. 17—Dr. J. M. Do ran; Mrs. Ella A. Boole; DramatV fea ture, “Seeds of Lawlessness.” Friday evening, Jan. 17—0. G. Christgau; Sergeant Alvin York; Temperance play, “Paying the Fiddler.” Saturday forenoon, Jan. 18—Addresses by State Superintendents. Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18—Sight-seeing, shopping, etc. Saturday evening, Jan. 18 — Convention Banquet. Sunday forenoon, Jan. 19—Field Day; Ad dresses by various League speakers. Sunday afternoon, Jan. 18—Closing ses sion; Mass meeting in Metropolitan M. E. Church; Address by founder of Anti Saloon League, Dr. Howard H. Russel*; and others. a greater need for wise and skilfull lead ership than now at the close of the irrst decade of prohibition. Never has there been greater necessity for cooperation of all friends of the prohibition policy to put into effect a well-thought-out, definitely planned campaign of action. To this end a Workers’ Conference will convene Tuesday evening, January 14, and continue throughout the morning and aft ernoon of the following day, Wednesday, January 15. The Conference will be of special interest to men and women ac tively engaged in temperance work. Anti Saloon League workers, state and national, will participate. Members of the head quarters committee of the respective states and all others who are identified with League activities are welcome. CONVENTION OPENS EVENING OP JANUARY 15 Following the Conference the convention will be called to order by Bishop Thomas Nicholson, Wednesday evening, at 8: IS Conference and most of the convention sessions will be held in the Statler Hotel. Convention sessions not scheduled for the Statler will be held in the Central Metho dist Episcopal Church (located two blocks from the hotel), with the exception of the Sunday afternoon session which will be held in the Metropolitan Methodist Epis copal Church. MUSIC DIRECTED BY V. P. BROCK The call to order of the opening session will be preceded by fifteen minutes of convention singing under the direction of V. P. Brock, of Indianapolis, witty Mrs. Brock at the piano. Addresses of welcome will be made by Mayor Bowles, of Detroit, ► Dr. H. C. Gleiss, representing the Detroit churches, and Superintendent R. N. Hol saple, of the Michigan Anti-Saloon League. General Superintendwit F. Scott McBride will respond on behalf of the na tional League, followed by addresses by Bishop Thomas Nicholson, president of the the Anti-Saloon League of America, General Superintendent F. Scott McBride and Dr. A. J. Barton, of Atlanta, Ga., chairman of the executive committee of the Anti-Saloon League of America.' LEGISLATION WILL BE DISCUSSED Thursday forenoon. Legislation will be the general topic. Addresses will be made by Edward B. Dunford, general counsel of the Anti-Saloon League of America, and a member of Congress, name to be an nounced later. Thursday noon the con vention business men’s luncheon will be held in the Hotel Statler. Short addresses will be made by representative business men from the various sections of the na tion, supplemented by statements on eco nomic phases of prohibition by national business leaders. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OUTLINED Thursday afternoon’s session will be de voted to the consideration of the educa tional program of the Anti-Saloon League, .(Continued on Hage 8).