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[continued from page 4] Immand the hearty approval of every thoughtful person 10 reads it. We give it in full below: PROHIBITION “The people of Illinois, I am convinced, are concerned this time primarily in finding some solution for economic d governmental problems which will result in putting sn back to work and reducing taxes. There are some, I tow, who think that the prohibition question is the most iportant issue. I do not agree with them. “The Eighteenth Amendment is part of the constitution the United States and it is enforced under the provisions an act of congress. A large proportion of our citizens lie\e that enforcement under the Volstead act is unsatis ctory and there is strong sentiment for modification. But ly modification, change or repeal of prohibition laws must be effected by the United States senate and house of repre sentatives at Washington. That is where the issue must be decided. Until congress has acted, I know of nothing a Mstate executive officer can do about it one way or the other.” | "the worship of the colossus Ancient history hands down to us the story of the “Co lossus of Rhodes” as one of the seven wonders of the world. Tradition states that this massive figure, cast in bronze, stood astride the entrance to the harbor of Rhodes. Its feet, spread wide apart, rested upon two gigantic piers, one on each side of the harbor entrance, and under its huge legs all sailing craft were compelled to pass at they sailed in or out of the harbor. Whatever became of the statue eventually, the records do not show, but the practices of many would-be American politicians reveal that the Colossus has been reincarnated in our day as the Patron Saint of the “middle-of-the-road” men. This class of politicians (and their name is legion) undertake in their various small ways to emulate the feat of the great Colossus of antiquity. They undertake to stand on both sides of the road in the hope that the passing mul titude, intent upon their various earth-born schemes, and looking some to the right-hand and some to the left, will each see a foot of the Colossus on his own side of the high way' and come to the hasty and thoughtless conclusion that therefore the entire Colossus is on his side. I n that way our modern would-be Colossus plans to re ceive the support of both the right and the left, and by so doing sweep triumphantly into public office. Occasionally his hope is gratified; very frequently so, when the upper part of the statue is concealed in the mist and the traveler plods on his burdened way and gives little thought to any thing except the next step in his journey. But when the sunshine dispels the mists and bright lights flood the high way and the statue, and the traveler, welcoming the light, looks upward, he discovers the hoax and learns to his sur prise and disgust that instead of the statue being on either side as he thought, appearing to be on the right side to the men who are looking to the right and on the left side to the men who are looking to the left, it is in reality on neither side, and only has a foot planted ivhcre its whole body was supposed to be. Whenever this takes place, the crowd passes on and forgets all about him, just as the ships sailing out of the harbor, passed between the feet of the Colossus and were on their way to the four corners of the earth. In politics as in other varieties of social interest, people are looking for leaders and champions, not for set figures whose ambitions are just to stand temporarily above the crowd. Whenever they discover that their would-be politi cal leader is trying to be a small imitation of the giant Co lossus of old, they promptly desert him on both sides, and he, finding the solid foundation of popular approval slip ping away from under each foot, comes crashing to the earth. And so our counsel is to all such straddlers: Be careful, boys ! The Colossus of Rhodes, being an image of ham mered bronze, could stand the strain, but you cannot. “ALL IMAGINARY” -[continued from fage 7] in commenting on this letter and the above quotation, in a radio address, February 13, said: “The letter is perhaps the most insolent and traitorous document that has ever been published. . . . The first revolt and rebel lion we ever had in this country was in this same state of Pennsylvania and known in history as the whisky rebellion, and was put down by President Washington. And if this insolent and autocratic Wall street crowd want to promote another alcoholic rebellion, it too, will be put down, and the taxes on the financial crowd will be raised instead of lowered, to pay the bill.” SENT TO MANUFACTURERS The “Bogus” is also being sent to manu facturers throughout the country. We quote from the letter of a large manufacturer in an Ohio city, who is an executive of a con cern that belongs to the Ohio Manufactur ers’ Association and the Manufacturers’ Association of Central Ohio, addressed to Mr. Pitcairn, under date of February 9: “I am this day in receipt of your circular letter, accompanied by blanks and litera ture of misrepresentation to endeavor to influence the majority of the delegates to the next Republican convention to be held in the city of Chicago to declare a plank in its platform against prohibition. You state, ‘You may rest assured that the Republican national convention leaders will heed your views.’ “This is quite satisfactory to me, as my views are to leave the Eighteenth Amend ment and the Volstead act and the enforce ment machinery as they are. . . . “Prior to the Eighteenth Amendment nearly 33 per cent of our employees got their pay checks cashed at one of two liq uor saloons, the keepers of which got from twelve thousand to fifteen thousand dollars in currency from banks for the purpose, as endorsements evidenced (our company al ways pays by check). A large per cent of these became intoxicated and were inca pacitated for good work for from one to three days. We have at times postponed pay day until Saturday when it came near the end of the week, which gave an extra day (Sunday) for the drunks to sober up. . . . The Herald-Times you inclose is sus picious to me. ... I cannot help but ob serve the trend of the alleged argument— that times will be better, that there will be less taxes, that the liquor interests will bring prosperity as well as revenue, so the taxes will materially decrease. I don’t be lieve any of this. The class that drinks liq uor would necessarily pay the taxes on it? What self-respecting man would want pros perity on the moneys of the laboring man and his class?” American Issue believes that people in general will not be misled by the fallacious arguments with which this bogus newspa per is packed, and which by the publisher’s own admission are “all imaginary,” an ad mission and confession which justifies the extensive notice The Issue gives it. But more than this it is worthy of notice, for it reveals the insincere and deceptive method of the wets’ attack. It demands an impos sible referendum “to let the people rule,” but its real objective is to have both po litical parties declare for repeal and thus disfranchise the dry voter if he is to re main within his party. Verily, all is imaginary. COAST GUARD MAKES BIG SEIZURE According to an I. N. S. story, carrying a New London, Connecticut, dateline of January 18, between 900 and 1,000 cases of liquor, valued from $75,000 to $90,000. were added to the huge total of coast guard liquor seizures when the destroyer Thetis brought the speedboat Cadet into port. The Cadet, with her crew of nine men. was captured after a short chase south of Nantucket island. Former Representative William D. Up shaw, of Georgia, aroused the audience to a high pitch of enthusiasm in his brief ad dress. He declared that any man who has the smell of liquor on his breath should not be elected to office.