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AMERICA ISSUE *"< ILLINOIS EDITION NOVEMBER, 1931 .---- i “Let There Be Light” LESS THAN A YEAR AGO THOMAS A. EDISON ANSWERED FOR PUBLICATION A NUMBER - - - OF QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO PROHIBITION AND ITS ENFORCEMENT - - - FOLLOWING ARE THREE OF THE QUESTIONS AND THE GREAT INVENTOR’S REPLY Has it helped the industrial and economic life of America at home and strengthened the industrial standing of our na tion abroad? In your judgment are chil dren better fed and clothed and educated since the coming of national prohibition than they were before? I—■ ES , and to a greater extent than realized. 3N my judgment I would say decidedly yes. In support of this opinion and in this con nection let me cite my experience as a manufacturer, which is simi lar to that of other manufacturers. On pay days, before prohibition, hundreds of pale-faced women, shabbily dressed, some with faded shawls around their heads, ap peared at our factory in West Orange. They were waiting to get some of their husband’s money before they got to a saloon. Within a year after the amendment not a single woman appeared. Surely we Americans do not want a return of this state of affairs. Undoubt edly the condition of the mother indicates the condition of the child. Although they are perhaps a little better off than she because she will do anything, even to giving up of her life, to protect them. Should the Eighteenth Amendment be retained as a blessing to our American homes today and to those of future generations? ^PjES. Enforcement is getting more practical day by day. We are now attacking the large manufacturers (of liquor) right in our midst instead of men with flasks and home hrew.