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American issue cAn advocate of Christian Patriotism ILLINOIS EDITION Volume XXVII WESTERVILLE, OHIO, MAY, 1932 Number 5 Ernest H. Cherrington, Editor - . f Cora Frances Stoddard Oeo. B. Safford and Joseph H. Com.ieb, Illinois Editors contributing luiitois j William E. Johnson Are Speakeasies Ruining Our Youth ? DRIVEN to COVER Of Musty Cellars and Dirty Kitchens The Liquor Dispenser Is a Hunted, Terrified Outlaw [This tour of inspection was arranged by Mr. Joseph S. Clark, Jr., chairman of the Philadelphia committee of the Crusaders, as the result of a challenge made by Superintendent Shields in a de bate in the Moorcstown high school on March 22, at which time Mr. Shields declared that he had for two years been challenging the wets to make good their statement as to the conditions that they asserted prevailed, and the numbers of young people who were going to the devil through the speakeasies, and thus to prove that conditions were “infinitely worse than they used to be” with the open saloons, beer dance-halls, and dives of pre-prohibition days. After a great deal of time spent in preliminary arrangements on the part of Mr. Clark, and his associates, finally, Saturday night, April 30, was fixed upon for the tour of inspection. The conditions laid down by the Crusaders were that the news papers should not be informed in advance of this “search for the Holy Grail” among the speakeasies of Chestnut Hill, that no ad dresses of places we visited should be given, names revealed or prosecutions for violations instituted. While this would have been entirely unnecessary in the old days, had we been going to visit the saloons, dives and joints, they were readily assented to, and will be strictly observed. It was, however, thoroughly understood that Mr. Shields, who was the guest of the Crusaders, on this illuminating trip, should be privileged to tell just what he was shown, the methods of get ting into the places, and what he saw therein. Otherwise, of course, the trip would have been meaningless to anyone, and of no inter est whatever to the public.] AND YET THE WETS SAY MORE LIQUOR IS SOLD NOW THAN IN DAYS OF THE OPEN SALOON By JAMES K. SHIELDS, Superintendent Anti-Saloon League of New Jersey I was accompanied by Mr. Weinberg, and Mr. Clark was accompanied by two of his fellow Crusaders. According to appointment, we met at the North Philadelphia station about 7:00 p. m., Saturday. April 30. I wish to state at the beginning that I never was treated more courteously or gentlemanly than by these three fine young fellows, all Princetonians, throughout the entire evening. I also wish to say that Mr. Clark is the first one who has had the courage to make good his promise of a personally-conducted tour of speakeasies. All of the other boastful fellows have “welched” when the time came. Just how Mr. Clark made good will be revealed, as follows: First, we were driven to South Philadelphia into a neighborhood which we were informed was on the border of the famous Vare bailiwick. Parking our cars, we walked several blocks, and finally entered what was once an old residential building. We passed down a long, narrow hall. On our left was a dining room, in which were a few people seated at tables eating, but saw no evidence of drinking in this room. A BARRED CELL—EIGHT FEET SQUARE At the rear of the hall, our friends were cordially greeted by names by waiters and proprietor, who knew they were coming, and we were ushered into a small room, eight feet square, walled in on all sides. The only window in the room was protected with iron bars. Here a table was set for five, which was the exact number of our party, and had been prepared in advance for Mr. Clark. The floor was without carpet, the wall was covered with paper of an ancient vintage, decorated with grease spots, and an old, dilapidated radiator in the corner. We were informed that it was an Italian restaurant, and here the meal served was very good. Drinks were called for by our guest, and they were served.