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The American issue. [volume] (Westerville, Ohio) 1912-19??, November 01, 1931, Image 5

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“We approach the season when, according to custom
dating from the garnering of the first harvest by our fore
fathers in the new world a day is set apart to give thanks
even amid hardships to Almighty God for our temporal
and spiritual blessings. It has become a hallowed tradition
for the chief magistrate to proclaim annually a national day
of thanksgiving.
“Our country has cause for gratitude to the Almighty.
We have been widely blessed with abundant harvests. We
have been spared from pestilence and calamities. Our in
stitutions have served the people. Knowledge has multi
plied and our lives are enriched with its application. Edu
cation has advanced, the health of our people has increased.
“We have dwelt in peace with all men. The measure of
passing adversity which has come upon us should deepen
the spiritual life of the people, quicken their sympathies
and spirit of sacrifice for others, and strengthen their
“Many of our neighbors are in need from causes be
yond their control, and the compassion of the people
throughout the nation should so assure their security over
this winter that they too may have full cause to participate
in this day of gratitude to the Almighty.
“Now, therefore, I, Herbert Hoover, president of the
United States of America, do hereby designate Thursday,
November 26, 1931, as a national day of thanksgiving, and
do recommend that our people rest from their daily labors
and in their homes and accustomed places of worship give
devout thanks for the blessings which a merciful Father
has bestowed upon us.”
He can be thankful that Governor Emmerson vetoed the
Illinois prohibition repeal bill at the last session of the
He can be thankful that all the other wet bills, directly or
indirectly assailing the prohibition policy, failed to pass
or died in committee.
He can be thankful that we have a president, attorney gen
eral, prohibition commissioner and national prohibition
attorney who are conscientiously trying and are sin
cerely working to enforce the prohibition law.
He can be thankful that we have in Illinois at the head of
the prohibition enforcement bureau, Colonel J. F. J.
Herbert, and his able assistants, and for the very ef
fective work they have done during the past year.
He can be thankful that the interest of the drys in this
vital question has increased during the past year, as
they have resisted the powerful wet offensive and, final
ly, as he surveys the political confusion through which
the dry cause must pick its way to next year’s victory,
he can
“Kneel right straight down
In all the muss,
And thank the Lord
That it ain’t no wuss.”
The Illinois convention of the Disciples of Christ which
met recently in the city of Decatur passed the following
strong resolutions in support of the Eighteenth Amend
ment and the principles of prohibition:
Whereas, In consequence of its origin and unique purpose, the
church has been and should continue to be vitally interested in all
moral and social problems; and
Whereas, The traffic in intoxicating liquors is the bane of every
nation in which such traffic is permitted to exist, being destructive
of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and, therefore, in
direct conflict with the bill of rights of the constitution of our
republic, whose avowed purpose it is to disenslave our citizens and
grant protection in behalf of these fundamental rights and needs;
Whereas, Deep laid plans, extensively organized, and liberally
financed by interested individuals and corporations, are afoot to
embarrass enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment and the Vol
stead act, and to effect the repeal of modification to such an extent
as to deprive them of validity as constitutional and statutory law;
therefore, be it
Resolved, That the eighty-first annual Illinois convention of the
Disciples of Christ does with renewed enthusiasm give voice to its
endorsement of both the Eighteenth Amendment to the federal
constitution and the Volstead act; that we pledge the loyal mem
bers of the churches of our state to the continuous support of these
two enactments, in our commitments and allegiance to the implica
tions of both for private life and civic duty. Be it further
Resolved, That we note with extreme satisfaction recent sig
nificant improvement in the enforcement of the Eighteenth Amend
ment and the Volstead act by our federal government, and that we
commend most heartily our president, Mr. Hoover, for his out
spoken avowal of the prohibition cause, and that we endorse his
sincerely expressed intention of fulfilling the direct implication of
his oath of office in respect to prohibition of the liquor traffic, as
well as in relation to the constitutional and statutory enactments.
Be it further
“Resolved, That we unhesitatingly approve the governor of our
state, the Honorable Louis L. Emmerson, for his courageous and
intelligently defended recent veto of the proposed enactment to
repeal the Illinois search and seizure act, and that we accord to all
faithful members of the last general assembly of Illinois our com
mendation for their voice and vote to defend and perpetuate this
act of our commonwealth. Be it further
Resolved, That we demand of our political parties, both fed
eral and state, that in succeeding years platforms and policies shall
be so framed as that the overwhelming sentiment of our nation in
favor of the perpetuity of the Eighteenth Amendment and the
Volstead act shall be respected, and that no defiance of this moral
attitude shall be permitted in behalf of those individuals and
groups of individuals whose moral sense and civic conviction is so
debased as to permit of open violation of these and other laws of
our government. Be it further
Resolved, That the secretary of this convention be directed to
forward a copy of this resolution to the president of the United
States and to Governor Louis L. Emmerson.
Drinking is the greatest foe of social progress. It
makes its victims content with miserable conditions and
surroundings.—Philip Snowden, Chancellor of the Ex
chequer, England.
Will the dry victory of 1928 be repeated in 1932? It
will be, if, in every state, every county, every township and
every ward the temperance forces are fully alive and in
tensively organized.

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