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Great Britain Drink Bill Yearly More Than She Spent on Army, Navy and Education In Great Britain the consumption of al coholic liquors is only about half what it was 15 years ago. This is shown by the annual official licensing statistics for Eng land and Wales for the last 12 months, now issued by the government. Compared with 1913, .the production of beer is down by 55 per cent and that of spirituous liq uor by 42 per cent. And yet, Great Britain is drinking an Immense amount of intoxicating liquors. Angus Watson, presiding at a recent meeting of the united Kingdom Band of Hope, points out that Great Britain spends 42,000,000 pounds per annum on the army, 60,000,000 pounds on the navy, 41,000,000 pounds on education, 84,000,000 pounds on health and unemployment in surance, BUT IT SPENDS 298,000,000 POUNDS A YEAR ON DRINK. The milk bill of Great Britain amounts to 88,000,000 pounds annually, the bread bill amounts to 79,000,000 pounds annually, and yet the people of the country go on worse than wasting more money than they spend for the army, the navy and educa tion combined. WILL TRY IT AGAIN Drys of New York Will Ask for Passage of Dry Enforcement Law A state enforcement bill which would make the buyer of alcohol equally guilty with the seller in New York state has been endorsed by the New York Anti-Saloon League. This bill, or a similar measure, will be introduced by Assemblyman Jenks, the dry leader in that legislative body. The measure favored by the League provides for more drastic penalties for habitual violators than does the Volstead act, abolishes the right of physicians to is sue prescriptions, and makes search and seizure unlawful in dwellings. State ap proval of Federal permits to manufacture or sell alcohol will be required, and buyers would be required to testify regarding the source of supply. GOOD ILLUSTRATION Shows How Far Wet Newspapers Go Afield to Slam Prohibition A stafT writer for Country Editor, pub lished in New York, tells of the antics of some newspapers and their friends to boost the wet cause and shows what a fallacy it all is. The writer gives this il lustration: One of the most distinguished of the Republican pro-liquor organs has recently been consoling itself with the reflection that the drys are in a panic. No doubt this state of abject fear is caused by the fact that they control only a little more than three-quarters of the House of Repre sentatives and a little less than four fifths of the United States Senate. One can easily imagine what a panic would seize the wets if they suddenly should find themselves in so dire a predicament. WET VENTURE FAILED Not many days ago in Washing ton an attempt was made by Con gressman La Guardia, of New York City, to form a wet bloc among the members of the House, but La Guardia’s venture failed ignomin iously when only 13 Congressmen, an ominous number, showed up at the first meeting, that is to say that only about 3 per cent of the entire membership of the House was suf ficiently interested even tc find out what it was all about. Evidently the apathy of the public towards any modification of the present dry pro gram asserts itself in every direc tion, but it is particularly manifest in the mediocre character of the wet leadership. PURPOSE TO STRENGTHEN DRY ENFORCEMENT (.Christian Science Monitor) It is political and personal plans and differences multiplied many, many times in and out of Congress, that confront the President in his program for strengthening the Federal dry law enforcement machinery and giving new impetus to that of the States. These obstacles, his aides and friends say, while they make his task more difficult will not swerve him from his basic purpose. Important progress has already been effected, it is pointed out. There is an un questionable marked tightening of lines in governmental administration, not alone in prohibition enforcement but on all laws. The President is just getting his policies into their stride; such things are not done overnight in public affairs and leadership. It takes time and patience and resourcefulness. That there is the will and the sincere purpose to enhance and strengthen law. and particularly dry law enforcement in the country on the part of the Hoover government, there can be no doubt. The best evidence of this is that in the current debate, the issue is not one between wet and dry proponents over the merits of prohibition, but between dry leaders and ad ministrators over the ways and means for making more effective the enforcement of the law. THIS IS INTERESTING Seller of Liquor is Individually Re sponsible for His Action That the seller of liquor carries indi vidual responsibility for hi saction was es tablished by a jury in the United States Court at Springfield, Mass., when it awarded damages of $6,700 to a woman who alleged that the defendant in the case sold her husband illicitly manufac tured liquor that eventually caused his death. The case which is regarded as a test is expected to have a far-reaching effect in liquor law violation prosecutions in the state. This was the first of its kind to be tried in the Federal Courts in Massachu setts. Of course, the decision is subject to final action by a higher court. In his charge to the jury, Judge Brew ster said that the plaintiff was entitled to compensation for loss of support occa sioned by the illness of her husband, if, in the opinion of the jury, the evidence showed that the illness and death were caused by the liquor sold by the defend ant. Section 20 of the Volstead act rela tive to the liability to compensatory for exemplary damages in such cases was cited. LESS DRINKING AMONG STUDENTS S. H. Steinberg, Philadelphia, Supreme Master of the Alpha Epsilon PI Fraterni ty, says that efforts by college and uni versity officials had brought about a marked decline in drinking among stu dents. Speaking at the Fraternity’s 13th an nual convention held in New York City, Steinberg outlined his observations dur ing the recent tour of 16 colleges and uni versities as compared with his findings on a similar tour a year ago. Steinberg said efforts of officials to reduce drinking were meeting with success in many of the edu cational institutions, and that in most cases reports of drinking in fraternity houses was exaggerated greatly. NOT FOR WILFUL VIOLATORS Failure to pay fines assessed for vio lating the prohibition law by taking the pauper’s oath and be released at the end of 30 days is being attempted by some Ohio prisoners. The answer to such at tempts is given in a ruling by Probate Judge Bistline, of Wood County, to the effect that the old law to give liberty to insolvents was never intended to be avail able to wilful violators of criminal laws. WETS FAILED AGAIN At the recent annual convention of the New York State League of Women Voters, an attempt was made to enact a state prohibition enforcement law. One of the dele gates announced in advance there would be a determined fight made against the resolution, but out of several hundred delegates, the wets failed to muster even a dozen votes. TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO ACT Will Put Into Effect Plans Govern ing the Use of Medicinal Liquors The Treasury Department In Washing ton is about to put into effect new plans governing the use of medicinal liquors on American owned vessels, with a view to preventing the sale of beverage liquors at any time. American ship owners, it is understood, are to be required to sign an affidavit that their medicinal stores will not at any time be used except for medicinal purposes. It is the practice at present of many transAtlantic shops to make use of the medicinal liquor once they are outside the 12-mile limit. The stock is replenished at the foreign port, and on the return trip there is no prohibition control until the vessel comes again within the 12-mile limit. The liquor stock is then returned to the medicinal status. By having the ship operator sign an af fidavit that the liquor stock with which the ship is permitted to leave this country will not be used at any time except for medicinal purposes, American vessels will have difficulty, if they are not entirely prevented, from competing with the liquor feature of foreign owned ships. A number of American vessels have al ready discontinued carrying even medic inal stock on board. NATIONS RESPECT LAWS OF OTHER NATIONS (Christian Science Monitor) Out of consideration for the United States, there will be no liquor served at the Five-Power Naval Conference at St. James’s Palace in London. Respect among nations for laws, customs and sentiments of each other certainly leads to the un derstanding for which the world is striv If you open your door to the boottegger, the gunman and hijacker will also enter. BIG SLUMP IN DRUNKENNESS Arrests for drunkenness in Eoston dropped 5,137 in the 12 months ending November 30. 1920, as compared with 1928, according to the records of police head quarters. This outstanding improvement in public sobriety, after 10 years of national prohibition, is the most marked decline in drunkenness arrests since 1922 and brings the total of arrests to a point of 54 per cent lower than in 1917, before prohibition. This decline is due to less djinking, according to H. A. Wilson, Police Commis sioner, who says that liquor law enforcement has never been so vigorously carried on in Boston as in the last year. The drop of 54 per cent since 1917 is also an under-statement of the actual improvement, Mr. Wilson says, because arrests are now made for degrees of in toxication that in the days before prohibition would have been handled by telling the offender to “go home and sober up.” Only decided public nuisanoes were ar rested in the days of the open saloon. BARRIERS ARE DOWN Gangsters and Illicit Liquor Sellers Busy in Wisconsin Since State Dry Law is Repealed The repeal of Wisconsin’s state dry en forcement code, leaving the work in that state to a small group of Federal dry agents, has resulted in an increase in ar rests. an inlltix of gangsters and other outside liquor interests and a general let down of enforcement. These results are indicated from authoritative sources. R. J. Nye, Federal prohibition officer for the Western District of Wisconsin, reports that complaints of Federal liquor law vio lations have doubied since Uie state code was repealed by the Legislature. His agents made 8G arrests and seized 24 stills In October of this year compared with 31 Federal arrests and the seziure of 15 stills in October, 1928. According tc Mr. Nye, there is no doubt that Chicago gangsters and other liquor interests have taken advantage of tne situation to center their activities in Wis consin. Mr. Nye declares that “we have seized more alcohol stills in the past few months than ever before. The great stills are unmistakable evidence of big operators from outside the state.” Milwaukee police records show a large increase in the number of arrests for in toxication in recent months or since the state enforcement law was repealed. In September, 1928, 890 persons were ar rested, while in the same month of tills year, 1,249 were taken into custody. In October, 1928, 926 arrests were recorded, and in October, 1929, 1,225 were arrested. Arrests of automobilists for drunken driving have increased from 10 to 25 per cent since the dry law was repealed, ac cording to compilation of newspaper re ports made by Warren G. Jones, State Su perintendent of the Anti-Saloon League, while Mrs. Alex Bauer, vice president of the Milwaukee Woman’s Club, says, “there is no question that the repeal of Wiscon sin’s state prohibition enforcement act has greatly acknowledged respect for law ob servance in the state and for the Eight eenth Amendment.” The W. C. T. U., the Anti-Saloon League and the dry forces generally are planning for a drive which will eventually end in the re-enactment of a dry state code. THE SENATE NOT ALARMED Judge Richard J. Hopkins, for a number of years a member of the Supreme Court of Kansas, was recently appointed Federal District Judge by President Hoover. His nomination came before the United States Senate for confirmation or rejection, and wets made an effort to set aside the ap pointment on the ground that Hopkins attended meetings of the Anti-Saloon League of America and his expenses were paid by the League. Judge Hopkins was a director of the Anti-Saloon League of America, representing his state, and oc casionally his expenses were paid when trips were made on League business. The Senate let the wets howl and then con firmed Hoover’s appointment by a vote of more than two to one. TWO WOMEN FINED War on sale of bootleg liquor to minors is on in the town of Niles and two women were arrested for operating “kitchen” speakeasies from which under-aged youths purchased liquor. These two wom en were arraigned before Mayor Marshall and each was fined $350 and costs. ---i WHAT DRINK HAS DONE (Evangeline Booth) Drink has shed more blood, hung more crepe on the door handles, sold out more homes, forced more peo ple into bankruptcy, armed more villainy, killed more little children, snapped more wedding rings, mur dered more innocence, blinded more eyes, twisted more limbs, distorted more reason, disarmed more man hood, destroyed more womanhood, broken more hearts, blasted more lives, and dug more graves than any other poisoned scourge ever let loose upon the world.