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IiCKNativo Committee of Antl
Saloun liCHKue I'lles Itcport on ,
Prohibition Measures.
Woult) Have New Oiliciul Chosen by
Assembly?Discusses Aiitisblpplnj;
ami Ouster Luws ami llceites His
tory of Prohibition Measures.
Kn \ or I tig tin* i*?n by th** (Jcncrftl J
Ass' i? 11>I>- of a cotiiniissionei <>r morals, i
wl.ii will be independent "1' llie i*ov<r
nor, ili'. l.u ilit; a trains! ovci -drastic antl- *
sh11? 11i mr provisions. an<l for 111?? ouster
hof officials will* fail t" lake steps ??i
cnfoiet prohibition laws. Ui*> report of
tli?: I.<14Islativ< ?'oiiimlttee ? ? f tin? Anti
Saloon I.imuhi' wf Virginia was pre-,
Ken ted last night at the opening session \
of III*; l.uagu*-.
The report follows in full.
'I li'- history <>f the Anti-Saloon i
IiOiiKue moveruent is that of a hoily of
men scattered throughout the length
atnl breadth of the t'nitcd States who.
have wet a.s i heir goal tin- extermination
of tin- beverage liquor trjitlic in this
country 1 j y hoth State an<l national!
legislation. In ili- accomplishment of;
this great purpo??s the leaguers have
shown themselves to tie practical Ideal-j
ists. Indeed,- practical idealism in inf
erence to th*' extermination of the
liquor t ra (tie fairly and properly de
scribes the policy and methods of tl><?
Anti-Saloon i,eague of Aim ilea, and of,
ilie several States.
The national executive ceinmittee of!
the Anti-Saloon I.caguC of America in <
calling for a nation-wide movement to
exterminate tli?* ilrink traii'c declared
In the opening sentence of the call the
historic. attitude of the Ice'rue. It
eaifl: "The policy of the Anti-Saloon
league since its Inception ha" Seen to
go just as fast ar.-i just as far as pul>
lio sentiment would Justify. It cot -
fines its efforts to law enforcement
' and sentiment building 'hat
the only policy public swtlinent v. ill
sustain. It Is for local vroiiiliitlo*.
wli< re. that poll' \ m* ets the require
ments. of the most advanced public de
mands It alwajs lias favored the:
adoption of Htate an'i national prohi
bition, Just as quickly as an enlij;ht'*ned
public conscience warrants."
Pmetlcnl l?lenll*i*.
The Anti-Saloon I.eague of Virginia
lias, from its founding?fifteen years
ago?been a bo'lv of practical idealists.
There has never been any doubt as to
the final ai'n of our Stat* l'-ague. l-'roin
the very beginning the extermination
? if rhe beverage ll*|tior tratlle in Vir
ginia has been our declared j> rpose.
??Th( Saloon Must 'Jo," ha* been our
gi* <t i a 111 e cry. the word "saloon" i -
i hiding * v* r% form .-?t '1 method of ?:?I??
and distribution of Intoxicating 1 i? iu<??
The bag1.:** has fully agreed ,villi Hod's
| word a.s set forth in the Prophet Ha
liakktik over tw 'iity-tiv** v.ndred years
ago. that "Woe is unto him that giveth
Ills neighbor drink.
Hut the li.'iKili' has followed league
policies, and while it has not . t any
time lost sight of its grea' ideal p-.'*
pose. yet :t has h.en intensely pr.i<*.
ileal in th. methods by which P has
endeavored to attain its ideal. A brief
summary *>r" the work of .hp past f.f
teeii years wlii show i<y what practical
steps the l<*ai-*ui* has advanced toward,
its finnl goal.
Klrhl Work?Mnnn l.n?.
The rtrst great work of th< leairue
whs th** Indorsement of the hill !ntro-|
duccd into th*-' I'.eneral Assembly of
Virginia by William Hodges Mann.
\?hi'.h renuli'.i that in trrantintr Ii*iuoi
licenses th<* moral as well as tin mn -
tot i a I we I fa re 'if th' community shouhl
he conoid' red Ny tin before whom
the application for 'i ens. was mad- . t
Vhe le.iKUC was fully convinced at that
time t h.*t no li 'en:'.-s ?-h?*uld he Rt *inte<i
f?*i th*- sal** of lntoMcatlnp liquors for
!|p \ ' T.il!' J? "* ! iM,>" ?"*. b-'* i ' was J'fM'OH
lilted that no t<ill cotlld he passen
I which wo ,;.l al. *olut' l> prohibit such
1 censes Til.* 1. .? *-t .*, t llerefoI w. !.t
' lust a* fa; as it thought that public
?entm -n* would justify, and demand*--!
'thr passage of the Mann law. And it f
secured Us first f;reat triumph by the
pass-atr- of lhat law, which closed up
hundreds of i-ar-rooms in the Country!
dlstri- t-> "f Virginia.
Second Step ? ll>rd I.iiw.
|.*our yars later the leairue tool< an
advanced step. Public sentiment had'
b?en educated to the point that th<*
le.mue felt I'.st.tl* .1 it- >lemand!np that'
the heverair.* 11'juoi iraflic should he'
exterminated absolutely in the country
districts and In nil towns in less than
r.no population, and that the sale of.
liquor In social clubs on Sunday should
he prohibited. Th** liapue was fully!
convinced at that time that no license1
fdiouhl he granted to sell Intoxicating I
liquors for b- ver me purposes in either-1
town or city, or in social clubs on any
day of the week, but it simply asked
that the sab- of liquor should be pro
hibited In tow ns of less than and ?
Uit social clubs on Sunday, Avnln th>
lengue showed that It had correctly
jrauired the public sentiment of the!
I State, and the Hyrd law* was passed. ,
.which law is a prohibitory statute for.
I the communities to wli'ch it applies. i
In 1 OOP the qiiestlci arose wlieth\M*j
(the time was ripe to ask for a State-,
wide prohibitory law, and th*ve was'
I much d.ivislon of opinion on that matter i
'jnnons the league forces. <iwiuir prin
cipally to tlie fact that Congress had
not passed a law restraining in any
I way the. Interstate shipment of liquors,
the legislative committee of the league j
.decided that it was better to continue!
nn aggressive campaign In the tinri-s1
'and cities'of the Commonwealth under |
the local option law until it was clear-j
jy evident that no further progressj
could be made hi that way. The league j
at that time believed firmly In State-j
wide prohibition as the proper policy!
| of the State "f Virginia towards thej
'liquor trnilic, but it did not consider j
I It expedient or opportune to demand
such action at that lime.
Third Step?V'.titlbllnc Act.
When the convention of 101 o met it |
became apparent that Congress would
very shortly puss a bill giving to tliej
Stales control over tin* interstate ship-!
incnt of liquor. Moreover, it was also!
apparent lhat the liquor traflic hud
thoroughly entrenched itself In certain j
cities "f Hie Commonwealth and was'
using those cities as depots of supply ,
front* which to deluge llie surrounding
"drv" territory with Intoxicating |
liquors. |
Your legislative committee therefore
decided thai the lime had come to gi\ej
td the people of Virginia an oppor- j
lunit.v vo,r> npo? 1,10 queRtion of at
Stale-wide prohibitory law. and at the I
Convention of 1010. the league demand
ed llie passage by the Ccneral Assembly
of a bill providing for a referendum to,
determine the wishes of the people.
The league at that time was fully con
vinced that a State-wldo prohibitory
law shouhl be passed, but It did not
ask for the passage of such a law. It
dimply asked thai the people be given
the opportunity to express their opinion
an to the passage of such a law.
Knur Yfflrn oif Strangle.
The facts connoetorl with the passage |
>f the enabling act are still fresh In
lemory. The Strode bill in IfilO was
Ik '"v ?
overwhelmingly ?I?? ft*.-? 1 tit 'he Senate.
The league xv?-nt before the people <>rt
the simple Issue of the light of the
people lo vote upon the question t>f
Slatc-tvltli! prohibition. A House of
liclcgntcH was elected which passed
the .Ionian hill liv a large majority.
After a hitter fight tin- hill was ?!??
fcateil In tin* Senate, ami nice again
tin- league was obliged to appeal t<? til"
l-cople in the IcgiKlativi election. The
Jloiisc of delegates elccteil to the <!eil
?r:i| Assembly of l'.ilt was so over
whelmingly i" favor of the ?.?laliliriK
net that tin. Williams' Will was pasncil
with practicallv no opposition in tie'
House. Attain a hitter light developed
In th<> Senate, whet-. Mm bill was !?>:??l<??!
down wi'h obnoxious amendmeiits ami
Dually passed hy a vote or 1'.' to 11*.
I .icti t .na ii t-<<o\<-r nor Kllyson jelvilit;
the easting vote in favor of the hill. j
The State-Wiile 4'timpulgii.
Tim campaign ot r<i l was a ureal
epoeli in the history of the people 'if
Virginia. lot lit*' liiJt time in tlf
history of ihe ' "oiii moii w? a 11 h the poo
pie were i all. >1 upon to determine by
popular vote what jjhoiihl We their :?t -
tltuile in a great moral question. The
issue which was pressed with grout
vigor in tin- campaign was "Shall Vlr
ginia dissolve In i partnership with tin
saloon, i <?., with the beverage liquor ,
I traffic?' "Shall the iiianufaeture aa<l
1 sah- of intoxicating liquors for bev- ,
fray purposes be prolt ibi te<l l?y the
Stat* of Virginia?" Oil this question
t h< |> opl- oi 'he State voted ?n tiiei
'utlirmatlv. b\ a inajo' ity of IhMi'Jti.
Thus at the cud of lifteen \ea.r: of
steady, persistent axltatb.M ami by tli?
proposal of wise. progressive legisla
tion the Anti-Saloon l.eague has s ? --j
jemed an older from the .people ot \ii
gitlla to the General .Assembly to pa-s
ilt law w hi> h will prohlldt the main
facture for sale ami sale of intoxicating
1 i? I mis in Virginia, except. for scientlfh
med leal, mechanical and .saerametit.il
j purposes The Ant I-S? loon League Iim<1
I that goal in vP v. Jift'-en ???at.- aim
It n<;v< i any time lost sight of it-'
gre.it (ileal I Sit t it liar ben lrit<*usei\
practical in ?. ? uring Mm nt t.-.l"ment ?>'
its ideal ! t has rejoi -,1 its It ?mis
and eonfo. hip d it" eiieitt ?-.- 1 I iie
sa !? u ami t!" mo?;? ? a t ion <?' > t ?' de
clared progr ?? ? .< t on. ' * 'i: ? f<<i
ldWi-il ?<?11 a police "f I *:i 11 i 11? ' <P' or
t'lpniMii. i' has ? 1 ? I;? ailv; a ? 1'
||;|S neve? beet, opliv.cl to Telle..' |;
has steadily ..located puWlie scni.uiei '.
an I as soon .is the sentiment wa:- sufli
ci? nil; strong It lias labored swee.s..
fnlp. to i t ;, stali/.e that sentiment int? ?
| law. The league has a record of actual
.irl.ii'Veinent in lite short s;,;i< ?? ..f fif
teen years of which any organisation
| mi;- be justly ;>rou?l
I'rnetlenl Idealism-I'nli I Ine Opportunism.
If tlie past history of tb<- league con
'tains any messag. for tnis- convention.
it is the message of ' tactical iilealiFtll
I "a ill t tie ? ?p*)oi t :ri?m. We indeed mist
be in this Stage otir history "as wise
a.s serpei ' - anil as liarn:!'? as doves "
I.ike l.ab..: <?: old. we must 'barn by
ex pet ieti? e The ure.?t ideal, the* tiniil
1 goal of all league efforts is the extermi
nation of the b< vera ire liquor t raffi. . a nil,
.f < o< rse. the praetical end it: view Is
(?. red.ice the use of I nioxleatlnp
liquors for beverage purposes to a
minimum ' nt'.l it ceases altogether.
I ti n erotic e lli'livcen Triltttc mill fso.
It would, however. b> not only tui
w!se. but incorrect to assume that tlur
j ext.-1 initiation of the traiMe in intoxl
. t Inu linuo! Is the same thing as the
prohibition of the us. of intoxicating
licjuoT l.y the Individual for beverage
I urposi s
I .esrlf 1 a t u res and courts liniforvilv
recognize the distinction between laws
?bi'-h prohibit conduct which affe.-ts
? th rs and the personal right of a man
to ilo that which affects himself alone.
Thus a man can lie as much as lie
pleases, provided hl? lying has no nf
fect ut<on til" rights of other people,
j-tut when his- lies take the form of
1 abuse, perjury, slander and affect the
Interests of other people, the State
ste^s in and punishes such conduct and
provides a penalty for the same. A
man may rat or drink until he is un
able to attend t?> bis business, until
he damages his health: indeed, until he
kill" himself, and the law r.f the State
will not for bid It. But if as a result
of bis self-indnlgencc, he heootn'-j- of
fensive, disorderly and dangerous to
others, the law will restrain him, and,
if t ccessary. confine him so that lie > ri
liot .lamas:.- anybody but himself. In
all its- work, therefore the Anti-Sa
loon l.e'iguc has re.-ogni/.'-.l very clearly
the difference between temperance and
prohibition. The word "tempernnce" is
properly applied to the life of an in
dividual. It is always and intensely
personal A temperate man is one who
controls his- passions, his appetites ami
bis life, and orders it so that 'ill Iiis
appetites, and powers work harmoiously
together to aid In the attainment of the
supreme end of life. Prohibition is not
personal in that sense. It pertains al
ways to the relationship existing be
tween two or more personalities, such'
as between the father and the child, or
the State and the individual citizens
of the State. It is the duty of the tv.ar
to be temperate in all things. ft i.
the duty of the State to prohibit con
duct by one mail which will Injuriously
offer:, another. And so in the framing
of all liquor legislation tip to the pres
ent i hue there has been a dear-cut
distinct ion between the traffic In intoxi
cating liquor and the use of intoxi
cating liquor by the individual. And
it is a question which has not yet been
decided by the Supreme I'oiirt of the
I'nited States as to what extent the
law may prohibit the use or poscsslon
of intoxicating liquors by the individual
for personal use
Your committee is well aware that
this Is a somewhnt lengthy statement,
but it is a necessary .statement that
the convention nviy rightly appreciate
the problems which must lie solved by
your committee and by the convention
at the present time There are two
main questions which your committee
has tried to answer and which this con
vention must carefully consider. j
Two <t UCM t lllttM.
First: What did the citizens of V r
ginia mean by 'lie vote cast in the
election of September 22, 10H?
Sec-Mid: To what extent may the i.iw
prohibit the use or possession of in
toxicating liquors l?y the individual fjr
personal use?
In the consideration of both of these !
questions, your committee desires t-? 1
go on record unanimously as favoring. <
not only the prdiibition of ihe sale I
of intt.xicating liquors In Virginia tin I !
in the I'nited Stat.-js. but as also fa\>u-'
ing the discontinuance of the us: "f
intoxicating l.evernres anywhere iv
any peisoti. The idial condition i* rbe
extermination n it only of the trifle
in intoxicating beverages, hut '.he ,!is
eontinur.nce of the use of the sat.-e
Itul following out the princ-iples of the
league, wo must to-day, as throughoiir
the pasl fifteen years, be practi^l
Pauline Opportunists. "What i;? (he
real sentiment of the people of Vir
ginia to-day on this question? WVi*
iio they ib-sire and expect the Anil
Saloon League to do at this coiivm
The various members of your l.e*r!s
lative Committee have given most pa
tient and earnest consideration for the
past sixteen months to the question.
"How far do the people of Virginia ex
pect the prohibltorv law to go in
dealing with the matter of the per
sonal use of intoxicating beverages?"
Of course, there, can be no difference
of opinion as to tin manufacture iml
sale of Intoxicating beverages in Vir
ginia. The State has declared for !he
dissolution of its partnership with 'lie
liquor traffic. It litis voted that no
mat. shall he granted a license to :iut
Program for I o-Day
.1. \V. Iloiiuh |>rrMl(llot:.
II A. >1.? llrvollniiiil fven'lNnt.
litl.% \. >1.? MeiioHn or iiIIIi'itm mid
ll|l|llll III IllOIlt of I'OllllllIt (CCN.
1> :-l.1 A. II.??,l.l?|ilur S It I puir n I
I.iiiih," MililrcxN lit Krv. It. I.. UiivIm.
NiipcrlMteiHlf lit \ n t 1-Siiloon I.ciikhi'
<>r .\ortli ( iirollun.
Illiltll Am M.? IHmviikmIuii <if Hu'
topic In i-oiiutM'lliiii tilth rriiiirt of
tlit- It'Klilntlv?* committee.
I I j ir? \. >l._ \ ilalrcM*. l>r. Mndlsoo
ISs.'Ilt I*. M.? \ iljoo miiien <.
\\ 1111 (i m iimicri Miitui iiri'ililina.
-::io I*. >1.? lie t ot limn I rxrrclM'N.
i!:l."? I*. \l,? I'ii|ii-r, "Nfi'Mnllj' for
Mute Di-pnrliiieiit of I'rulilliltloii to
S?M-iir?.* Stute-W lile l-'nfiircenicnf
l-'reil (I. Illiir, f Iifirle ston. \\ . \ II.
I*. >|.?l)l\niNklini of tlio topic
In foiloi-i'lloii ttiih tin* report of the
li'KlNliilhr com niit tee.
t I'. M.? 'ffnt Islon In l.i*v.i?lnllt e
lt?'|iort Tor Selentlllc, Meillenl, *lr
i-li ii n It'll 1 mill Siii'i'iinii'iil nl I'liriioKCM."
liflieml iIImi'IinmIoii of Mlluir It'll lit
I'liiilrnitiii of i'ii mm liter.
Mtiii r si:ssh>\.
f. 'I'. .lorilmi |>rrMliliii|;.
I.cncrnl topic. "Xiitlonal I'rolillil
s I'. >1.?1)|. t otlolifi I ctrri'ltrt.
S:ir# l?. M.?A il(lrr*?, llrorKi' \V.
S:l,*i \1.? Address. .lolni (?. \\ ool
| If}, "'riio Spirit of (lie Itouil."
i'..- bottle to his neighbor's ",ips for
i it, to trstllb In iiny ?'ay with ill*.
' public I ?. aii I It favors undoum*
??ill li.i passauc <>f a law so fiamei ..a
:<? i- ?. \ . itt inte: state shipment o' 11
* i ii 111* I- used fur sal?- by bli-il
tic ail-! hoot '"Kj'i'i s. HuI <l" *h?;
I ><? ? >].)>? i?i Vtruinii expect '1?rassat ??
<f i !.i w whii:li .till no beyond tin: ?
? nf tin- IkiI ??*?? powers of tliC
Slate and to prov-nt 11??- shipment ?[
, liquor into tin" S'-ale I'Ol pill pose^ 'f
sali- contrary to lav. or do tin- pe vile
of tin' State oxp" t t!i? pa- .t
lav in prohibit th" m<liviilual ci'lzvi
f 11 im ptocuriim ioxiciiits i: y
II i t ri * i t >- anywhere for his own . -
sunal us'- in his citvn home- 1 -.? r ?
many thousands of voters who
? h ? ?! otl i; 1\ ly Convltl' fil and belief t ll: > 1
,i i.i\t should !??? passed at this i :ne
prohibiting absolutely all shipments of
lii|t'or Into tlic Stale. except for sc'-n
11 f i ? ?. mechanical, medical ami -aor.i
mentHl purposes. They believe
tiin? has fully "Ot K. to pass an !d ?.?:
law It s 11t-???lIo.-s"- f> say that on"
' ( ommit tet* is entirely sympathetic v. r i
the aim desired b> these persons
' Tin? (<ri'rkii llrtiiKi?K ?.lft!?.
Tliaro smni* ? 111?-r persons vh*j
, are pvcmmIIuu ly i iiipba'. ic as to t'i-?
'duty the .\nti-Sa!ooii l.wiijuc ami of
tb?' iti-noral Assfatl.-ly on this: point
Tin' iilitors <>f >-'otr... of tin- "wptioat"
, newspapers in !!.<? State, who i nli? ? ti 1 ??? J
tin- in ohiliilot v who slamP reil
i and vililii.il tin- prohibition wotlcjr
?mil lcailtrs. who < xotteil thcmselv? s
to the utmost to fl-.-toat the Statc-wii'.e
law. ate now dentamiintr that the pro*
bibitory law shall prohibit absolutely
' all .nters-tate shipments for personal
uso. '/lny rbllfiile the laws of Ala
batrui. Gcorjrla. Xivth t'arollna ttnl
I other States, which permit a limi'eil
, i|uant!t\ ot intoxicants to he shipn>.<l
into tli" State for personal use. Tmv
.ire almost violent ;t. their ilemaml f.r
??pcnuini- prohibition." Kollowin.;
i their lea?l. there at e in various cnn.
. r.iunities. many mt-j. who voteil i"?l
I work."') against State-wiib; prohlbiti 1:1
: in the election, .vho arc now most in
1 .sisterit for an Ironclail law.
; The Idrnl Condition,
! It is necilless for your committee to
'state that every member of it Ioiiks
f?.r the ilay to come when the jtse of
i intoxicatliiir lbjuors for buverane pur
poses will entirely cease. It is the ilical
I condition for which we most devoutly
i pray. Hut, ::fter a full consideration of all
the facts, your committee i.s persuaded
that, while many thousands of voters
think the time has come for absolute
prohibition of interstate liquor ship
ment. the majority of those who voted
| in tlv State-wide election di'l not in
1 tend by tin-it vote tu jio further than
i to forbid tin traflic in ititoxicaiitiK
l-everanes m Vit /inia, and did not in
tend to prohibit an individual citizen
frotn obtaining ardent spirits for his
own personal use.
Aii*I?iin for I'ji 11 ore of I.art.
Your contmitt'-e is satisfied that the
former opponents of State-wide prohi
bition, who ati- now clamorini; so
loudly for an ironclad interstate slrp
ment law, ilo tiot themselves belie-.c
that tin- majority of the voters of Vir
ginia expected or intended that such
a law should lie passed, and these for
mer opponents are eagerly expecting
land jtrilenlly hopintr that the Anti
Si loon I.eafiue will recommend, and
that the l.eyislatlire will pass an iron
clad interstate shipment law. and thus
i cause, a revulsion of feeling and ;i
chance, of sentiment, which will re
sult in the rionenforcetnent and break
inn down of the law and its subsequent
re pea i.
AN lint May the I.imv Prohibit?
The second question which your com
mittee has felt obliged to take into
{account is. "To what extent may the
law prohibit the use or possession of
intoxicating liquors by the individual
for personal use?" II is admitted on
{all sides that the law may place a
ifasonaMe limit upon the amount of
intoxicants which may bo held or pos
sessed by an individual, owinir to tho
possible?indeed, probable?holding of
such liuuors with intent to sell in vio
lation of the law. Various states have
passed laws limiting the iiuantity of
intoxicants which may be shipped in
I to individuals ftor personal use, and
'such laws have been declared to be
ian exercise of the police powers of the
! Stale to prevent the importation of in
toxicants to be sold contrary to Ine
law of the State. These limited ship
ment laws have been uphold as to Uio
principle underlying them. I'.tu the
I'niteil States Stipri ine ilmirt has never
yet passed upon tin- question as to
tin; right of me Stale to prohibit abso
lutely the shipment of intoxicants into
a State for tac personal use of the pur
chaser. The nearest approach to this
] quest ion is the case which is at pri ?
lent pendimr in the I'niteil States Su
preme i'f iirt from West Virginia, which
ease does involve this principle to somo
|extent. Your committee had hoped that
I this case would be decided before the
meeting of the General Assmbly of Vir
ginia. Had the Supreme Court passed
upon this case and decidcd that the
le gislature of a State could prohil it
interstate shipments in any quantity
whatever for personal use, the lee.al
I question which confronts your commit
tee would have been decided. Hut that
case will not be heard until February
li'l. and It is not likely that the decision
will be handed down until after the
adjournment of the General Assembly
of Virginia. Should the United States
Supreme Court decide that the State
Legislature could not prohibit 'Inter
state shipment of liquor for the per
sonal use of the purchaser ami the law
passed by the Virginia General Asiom
bly should be so framed as to prohibit
any interstate shipment for personal
use, that portion of the law would be
declared unconstitutional, ami there
would bo then no provision In the. law
'for the restriction of interstate ship
ments, and no protection against the
III ln|il<?r :u any quantity
vhatsoev? I to any pci:-?Ui whatsoever.
nn! Hi. result would In- interstate ship
ini'iiH in larm- <|ii.intit it's t" >'' sold
attain by lnMit-li'itui'iH and blind liters.
I.iinllril shipment l'r?vl!?liiiii
In vivw. ilii-rofiiri', tlial yuur com
niilloc lifllmt's that :i majority of those
who voted iti tli.- State-wide election
<1 i <1 not intend to prohibit nil i i* t?-1" -
state shipment of liquors for personal
us?", but did intend to prohibit abso
lutely the traffic in Intoxicants in the
Stall*, ami. second. in vi*lw of th<* fact
that many good '"dry" iawyers doubt
the constitutionality of a law prohibit
um tho interstate shipnu'.it of liquor*
in any quantity whatever for pel sonaI
use. and that iliis question has never
yot been decided by the United States
Supreme Court, and that it is likely to
lie decided by the said court within
thi; next two years, and. third and last
and least, in view of the fact that tho
most bitter enemies of prohibition are
clamorously lusisti'iil ? ij?? ? i the pas>a"e
of a bill "prohibiting absolutely any
Interstate shipments foi peisonal use.
your eoiniiilttee has decided that it is
wise and in aeoordance villi tic- prac -
tical Pauline uppornmlsiii of t he Anti
Saloon 1.1-iiKHi* to request til.- passu."*
of a bill which will provide for the
interstate shipment of a limited quan
tity of ardent spirits foi personal use.
sue]) shipments to be made under such
careful rest tiet ions and stringent con
ditions as will prevent the abuse of
the purpose of the law. -.the. by in
dividuals or by would-be boot !"?L:?-t
ami blind tigers.
Not the Ideal ? oiidltlon. ,
In ma Is ii'U this recommendation,
however, your committee desires it
be fullv understood that it does not
consider this to be the ideal > ..mil
lion, and If i?i 1?1S. two years from
now. when the next General Assembly
meets, it has become evident that a
majority of the voters of Virginia de
sir- to' prohibit the inter tatr ship
ment of ardent spirits in an> quantity
whatever for personal use, and it is
also e\ idelit that such a law will pas-:
the t'-sts of the courts, yoiit commit
tee will rejoice to advocate most earn
estly Ho; passage of such a law. We
only regret that we do not think con
ditions warrant it at the present time
In the meantime, should the General
Assembly pass such a shipment i.ill
as is indicated above, your committee
most earnest ly requests that all pro
hibitionists and lentsue workers work
hartnoniousl;. anil persistently to so
strengthen public sentiment tiiat \i.
glnla will join with the other Stat-n
of the Union in voting for a nationa.
prohibitory law. in which event it will
i.e practically impossible to have any
interstate shipments. because there
will be no State in the I nion whete
ardent spirits can be manufacture.! for
Stale Department >eerh*?ary.
Your committee has made a careful'
study of all tl;?' prohibition laws of
the various States, and of the actual
facts as to the enforcement of the
same. The committee has decided that
iti the main the \Vc*?t Virginia law ap
pears to be the most satisfactory and
? h?> best adapted for our Virginia con
41 i t ion*'. T?1?- enf '?rceuien t of th** law 1
in West Virginia has been exwecdlncly
effective, owing clib*fly to the fact that
the enforcement of the law has been
'put in the hands of the "commissioner
'of prohibition." who. in coniunct ion
with the other officers of the Common- j
wealth, is required by the law to super
intend the enforcement <>f all the pto
visions of the act. Kxperience has
demonstrated that in rranv local com
munities where prohibition laws are
violated the officers of the law hold
!ti the main views of the people by
whom th"v :? re ele teil to ofllce, and
r.nv law which the people of the local
community do iv>t desire to observe, or
to have enforced. becomes practically
a dead let ter.
| foinml*Hlonrr of .MornI Wrl'nrp.
I Vour committee has (leclded *o re
commend to t!i? ? General Assembly the
.?lection of a Commissioner of Moral
Welfare, by the General Assembly at
its present session, to hold ofllce for a
term of six years, which commissioner
shall be required to superintend the
enforcement of the state-wide prohibl- j
tion law. Vour committee agrees that
the commissioner should be elected by
the General As:-, mbly and should not be
appointed by the Governor. or be under
the direction of the Governor any more '
than is the Attorney-General, the Com
missioner of \ '.-ricult tire, the \uditor
of Public Accounts, the Superintendent
of Public Instruction, or other offi
cials who are eharued with duties per
; tninincr to the entire State. Should
j the appointment of this commissioner
oe placeil in tin- hands of the Gov
! ernor, it might be necessary to make
the prohibition question an issue in
every gubernatorial ? .unpaid), as. of
course, should Governor be elected
who is opposed to State-wide prohibi
tion, and opposed to 111? ? strict enforce
ment of that law. he would appoint a
man who would reflect in his admin
istration the views of the appointing
power. If. however, the election is left
to the General Assembly, the wishes
of the people from every part of the
State would b?- reflected in the choice
made by their representatives. Jf the
I General Assembly shall adopt this pro- j
vision, ?iml elect a capable man to the
i position of commissioner, and make
i such appropriation as will enable the
commissioner to perform properly the
I duties of his office. we may very prop
erly hope for defective enforcement .
of the law in every county, town and |
city of the Commonwealth. Wo must i
insist however, that tin* appropriation
shall be sutlici ntly large to meet the
demands which will be made upon the.
! commissioner's office, as it will be no j
fair te?t of the law to eW-t a com
missioner and then to tie his hands by
failing to appropriate sufficient funds
ti. enable him to see that the law is
enforced. It will be better for the
General Assembly to make too large
2i it appropriation for the hist two
voars and rcdtie it afterwards rather
than to hamper and prejudice the coin
missioner in the start by a lack of
funds. , . ...
It i?- to be reniemb.-re.l in this con
nection that in all probability the
commissioner will turn into the trcas
li rv of tie- Stat, more money in the
shape of tines collected than ll.c total
appropriation for the expense*. o us.
on ee 1 lilt such fines by the provision
,f the Constitution of the State, must
-o to the liter.IT fund, and cannot he
For Sprains,
Lame Muscles
Absorbinc. .!r., brings quick relief.
Keep it always at hand for instant use.
Athletes use Absorbinc, ,Ir.. for the
muscle that has beet, strained, for the
cut or laceration that runs a chance of
Infection; for lite abrasion that pains
nml the limbs that are .stiff and lame
from overexertion. ?.
Walter Johnson, the famous pitcher
of the Washington Americans, says:
"Absorbinc, .Jr., is a first-class liniment
and rub-ilown for tired muscles. I
have used it myself to advantage, and
can heartily recommend it to ball
pi a y ers e very w lie re."
Absorbinc, Jr., is a concentrated
antiseptic liniment?only a few drops
reouired at an application. It Is safe
and pleasant to uso?leaves no greasy
residue Sold by most druggists, $1.00
anil $2 00 a bottle or postpaid. Mberal
?r,:vl boUleifor^Oc^ln ^amps.
279 Temple St., Sprln<?flchl, Mass.
us. d Iii h-lp meet 'he ?xpeiis?s ..1 the.
. omints ion. r'.H o||ic. As i. matter of ?
fact however. i* will bo simply a mat-i
l... or Uoukki-plug. for all ?>"? tnoi.ox I
t ha * the State receives from such lilies >
will r*dnce to that extent the amount)
iicc'SHury to !><? raised by taxation foi j
. -duea t iona 1 pill posies.
Ii Is impossible In this report to :
? ? ?it?? r into the details ot various i?r?? v i- ,
slons which will he contained in the
art. Three matter.*, however, will i?;
touched upon brlelly.
Drnu Slnron.
Pirst. The. provision for the sal* oi
ardent spirits for sepMit ille, mechanical,
medicinal a ml sacramental purpose...,
II re .main your committee lias made :>
careful study of the laws of a number,
? ?j otli-t States. and is eon v I need that,
1111* host method of distribution of ar- ,
?tent spirits for the above named per-!
p..:- is t liroim h the medium of th<
ding store. .Manx persons have raised
el-|ei I ions to tins method bceause ill
>...rs gone by dni? stores been
"nv.-d for the illegal sale :n><! dlstrlbu-:
i it.n of Intoxicants. Your eommittee is.
ot' the opinion, however, that such pro
v.sion ean be made regarding tlie pet -
Mil.." to whom lieense shall be granted, j
i n i ejst i let ion s plaeed upou ph>sici.ins
III g i\ inn prescriptions ar. 1 upon drug-|
gists in fl 111 n g' the same, and sueii pen-!
,?lt.es can ii>' pfovtded for violations ?if
the law as will meet the real necessities
of the people, and as wi'l at the same
tinie prevent abuses of the law.
Tlir "Ointler I.IIH."
Si-< olid. Piovisioll IllUJjt lie made to
remove fioin olliee all ollnials ? **i.
neeted with the ndminls'rj.tlon of the
law wii<> ! ;i! 1. neglect or refusu to pei -
;?.!!. the duties of their olliee as speei
livd In the prohibition law. There ilia;
be JuO.es of the courts, attorneys for
the I'o.nmonwealth, Mayors. tuagis
t rates, sheriffs, constable?, poli-e ?>:?
otiiei utticei who do not approve of tin
prohibit ion law, and who do not rare
in see it enforced. but it they have bo*
i m| t<? public olliee atid have taken
Hi ??.ith to perform the duties pcrtaln
;ng In the same, tlu-y must either per
il- ii- those duties properly or retire
itom olliee yr he i etnoved from same
; ? > ol d: life' to law.
Your eotiin.ittei . t here fori , ha- pre
pared a bill which will b present*d to
t'lCiieral Assembly which piovides
''jr the removal fioin olli< e of all !?ta.te.
countv and city olticers, including,
Mayors ami police olliee. s oj tow us or
cities, failing. neglecting or refusing
p. d.seharge the duties of iheir re
.-,*? diw* oitlces in the exeeiition .?f tl\"
laws of tin State of Vlrgi ilia. statins
full* th" method by which -Ulcers can
be removed. We must insist 'hat the
prohibition law shall be accorded the
same respect as is given to other law >
on the statute book of the State, ami
It.,.t a n v olhcer who refuse., or fails
t*. execute said law shall be speedily,
brought to trial, and if convicted, be
removed forthwith frOiu olliee. Your
coinlllitt(.onslder this bill to be one
of the most important features of the
Stulc**\vifli' prOrnini.
tilth IlollNC*.
1 Third. Provisions must he made in
the law to pre\ent the establishment of
clubs, or the us* of already established
* lulis for the purpose t violating th*?
State-wide proliibitory law. In other
Stales the so-called social club has been
,a . enter of practical evasions and law|
. violatinus. We are sure that the peo
ple of Virginia do not desire that smli
a state of affairs shall exist in our
midst, ami tne law which will he nre
scnted to tin (Seneral Assembly will
contain most carefully drawn pro
visions to m* **t every possible shift. <"
siibtei fuue which may be devised to
nullify the purpose of the prohibition
law. ...
llri'wrrieN and merle*.
The c nablin-4 act contained a provision
exempting wineries and breweries ship
ping' their products out of the . tat?
? dnts wlieie ardent spirits could e
1 ..pally sold from the provisions ot ht
act. This provision was inserted in lie
bill by the Senate against the protests
of the prohibition leaders, and it was
declared publicly and positively durum
the state-wide campaign <li:'? lh?* waul
??x? tuption would not be allowed t..
stand if the State went "dry ^
coinlllit tec, therefore. reiterates the
declaration of the Norfolk convention
last March, callinsi ut>on the i,ennal
\ssemiily t c> prohibit absolutely lb**
inamifncture for sale of ardent spirit?
. f any kind within the bounds of the
< 'omiiion wea 1th.
A l*r?liihiiInn !.;?? '?> l.cKlslallvc Kn
l-'ollowinjr out also the declaration
of the Norfolk convention, your com
mittee calls upon the convention to
ask the lictieral Assemble to pass a
prohibition bill w hitdi w ill enact pro
hibition in Virginia regardless of the
ouestion of the lemvllty or illegality,
th** const it in ionalit y or unconstitution
ality of the enabling act of 101-1 While
wi have no doubt as to the ronstltu
tionalils of the enabling act. yet it i"
not worth while to run the risk of any
court proceedings which may delay the
op**rntion of the law. and a siraie.ht
legislative cnactmiiit at Ibis session
will render any 1* gal action on that
point futile.
\fitionnl Prohibition.
Your committee w ill bring in a sec
ond report on the subject of national
prohibition to b?> read at the meeting
to be held on that subject on Thursday
I Icspect fully submit led.
.1 A M KS ?'A NN??N*. .111.
K. S. P.AKIU h i:.
.1. S. PKTICIiS.
.1. W. 11' >1 "?! 11,
l.cglslitive Oonnnittee Anti-Saloon
l.eaglie of Virginia.
llrollicr. mill for Twenty \ eur* I'rlvnte
Srcn'iiiry In Nenntor. Had Iteen
III for \\ i'rk.
I Siipi'i.i| to ThI- Times -1>lspatch. J
WASHINGTON, January I!'.?-Leslie
II. Martin. brother, and for twenty
yearn private iiccretnry to Senator
Thomas S. Martin, of Virginia, tlit in
Kmeruency Ilospital. this city, shortly
;iftor J> o'clock this evening. Jlo had
been .seriously sick for more than a
we ok with a disease of the blood, and
early to-day liis 11was dispalred of.
His remains will be taken to the
uliI homestead, at Seottsville, Va., early
to-morrow morning, ami iiileriiicut will
take plaee at the family burying
grounds proba'dv to-morrow afternoon!
lli* is survived ? ? > three brothers, Sen
ator .Martin, John Martin, of Seotts
ville/ who were at his bedside at the
time of his death, and Samuel Mar
tin. "f Richmond.
Leslie Martin was w idel\ known
throughout the State. He liad linen
associated with his brother, the Sen
ator. durinif the la Iter's entire Kcrvice
ill the Senate, ami ha<l formed an un
usual acuunin tance with t! ?.?- public
men of Virginia during the past three
\ nios Slmler.
!.i ;;.\v, . .liihimi-\ t!).?Amos
"? ii'*-:. .1 well ?Known citizen of this
'??unit j dropped dead to-day at his
hi -^henamloah, eighteen miles
south of Luray. He was about forty
I \ e years <?t aire. He wa.' .1 son of
tile late George Shu!er. of th!s county.
IJdward |?. McDonald.
! special t-> The Times-1Msnatch. I
ALKXANIHUA, V.\ January in.?
Ku waril I' .McDonald for the past ten
years night train dispatcher for the
Washington-Virginia Hallway Com pan.v
in W'ashinirtofi died to-day at Sibley
Hospital. in \\"a."*hlus;tou. He was well
known in this city.
^1111111 el tl. Itotvr.
1 Speci;i 1 t?> 'I'lie Times-1dsputch. ]
G LOl'CRSTlSR. January IT ?
Samuel \l. |{owe. a Confederate vet
eran and a lifelong resident of Glou
eester County. died at his home in
? 'luinra mi Tuesday, at the age of
eighty-four year*. The. fuhet il was
held from the home to-duy. Rev. 11vi? 1 -
sOn officiating
11 "init intied from First I'aite ?
are gradually. one by one. passing rules
auainst drinking by employees while
on duty, and he showed what a. great
power this is for the temperance move
lie turned his attention for a time to
:h? Kuropean war. and showed how the
nations now at war had found that
drinking was Inimical to the best in
terests of both the soldier in the Held
land the man at home. For this reason
he declared that Russia has placed her
I ban upon vodka, the national drink of
that nation, ami that ISnelnml, France
and Italy have passed laws which have
: materially lessened drinking, lie re
ferred to the early closing of saloons,
prohibition against treating and the
Kcnoral laws of sobriety passed since
the war started.
Many delegates are expected to ar
rive to-day, and the sessions are ex
pected to prove interesting; There
will be three sessions both to-day and
] to-morrow. This afternoon former
Governor William Hodges Mann is to
preside over the exercises, and at this
time the discussion will deal with the
report of the legislative committee.
To-night the exercises will consist of
linn (?IvIiir Vauir of 'IV11 ncNMce l',\ecu
ll\e < ii.sIicn DrnflM In New Or
IcaiiM l>ruur Store.
N I :\V OIll.KANS, January 1!'. A man
poking as Governor T. Itye, of Ten
I nessee, cashed two drafts, aggregating
at a. drug store here last Sun
day, and a local hospital the day be
fore accepted a draft signed "T. <Itye"
in payment of the hill from a patient
1 who claimed to be Governor Rye, ac
cording to .statements made here in
1 hi >.
The druggist said the man introduced
himself as "Governor 'I'. <'. Rye, of Ten
nessee." The drafts were drawn 011 a
Nashville hank, ami were signed with
the name of Tennessee's chief executive.
A dispatch from Nashville yesterday
said that Governor Itye had not been
outside Tennessee recently.
I.11ST, watch full representing lion's
head with diamonds In mouth and
emeralds in eyes; Initials 10. S. 1on
back. R-'ward if returned to Room 722
American Hank Huilding.
I >1-: AT US.
IIAKVIK.? Died, at her residence. "0.'!
Fast Franklin. January 10 at 1 I'. M..
ANNK FISIIKR 11 A RVI H. daughter of
(ieiieral .lae<|iieliu Harwell llarvic and
Mary Marshall llarvle.
Funeial notice later.
German Casualties
Total 2,535,768
Announcement in British Ifouse
of Commons by Under-Sec
retary of War.
I,UXI)UN. January HaroM .T.
Pennant. Parliamentary l.'iider-Secre -
tary for War. a 11 nowneed in the House
of Commons tins afternoon that the
total German casualties, as Mtihlished in
the Merlin casualty lists, to date total
l'.5nr..vns. Of this number, ho said :>ss,.
!?>'> were Uilletl.
The War L'niler-Seeretarj said the
German wounded ami missing num
bered t.<j(i6.r> 19, while men hud
been taken prisoner. In addition
?j-j.Oso Uermans had ?Ii1 from various
ca uses.
That amintinition an<l stores worth
!??? tween $ 1,'.'50,0")0 ami $2,500,000 ware
abandoned when the allies quit Gulli
poll was admitted to-day by the Umh>r?
Secret a rv for War. Mr. Tcnnant ex
plained that the primary object in the
evacuation was to briny the troops
away safely and sound. He said that
no doubt more of the stores could liavo
been saved by the sacrifice of life. He
added that he believed the public would
indorse the action of those responsible
when their tlrst thought was the safety
of the troops.
t.rerU \ ousels Arriving at Norfolk \ re
Taken Over for \(Ik>iin t.ov
ern men t.
NollKUl.K. VA? January 13. ? Fol
lowing orders from his government,
G. C. Vilarof. Greek consul at Phila
delphia, to-day commantleered the
: Greek steamer Paralos. Following or
tilers received here last night the Greek
steamer Styliani Kibis was com
mandeered and held peiulina orders
from the government, other Greek
| steamers now* en route to American
ports will be commandeered by their
1 The Greek steamers lonnis P. Goul
? uiinlris and Drlskon arrived at Cape
llenry to-day for orders. The Goul
aindris will go to Baltimore and the
iMiskon probably will be ordered to
Philadelphia. Moth vessels, it is
claimed, will load grain.
The Styliani Mibis to-day began tak
! ing on coal to be used by the Greek
navy. The I'aralos. it is said, will load
'a similar cargo.
i Commander S. Vannopoulos. of the
' royal Greek navy, and Constante
Dionysseou. engineer of the navy, ar
rived here to-day to assist Consul
i Vilaros in commandeering Greek
i vessels.
l Commander Vannopoulos declined to
| discuss tha position of Greece in the
Kuropean conllict, but said: "We lov?s
; our King, and are ready to die for
him." lie said lie had participated in
? two wars for Greece and was ready to
enter another if called upon.
Itobbery Charge IXsmlMNed.
The case against Leon Noel anil'
I Frick Alfriend. charged with breaking
' into the house of J. 11. llowsey, 3211
West Cary Street, ami stealing So.
was dismissed In the l'olice (.'ourt yes
! terday at the request of Policeman
! Tate, who arrested them.
jSays ue must make kidneys
clean the blood and pim
ples disappear.
I'imples. sores and boils usually re
sult from toxins, poisons and Impuri
ties whicn are generated in the bowels
and then absorbed into the blood
; through the very ilucts which should
absorb only nourishment to sustain the
I ody.
li is the function of the kUlnevs to
; filter impurities from the blood ? 1
, east them out in the form of urine, but
j in many instances the bowels create
: more toxins and impurities tban the
j kidneys can eliminate, then the blood
j uses the skin pores as the next !>? -<t
! moans of getting rid of these impuri
; ties which often break out all over the
| skin in the form of pimples.
The surest way to clear I ho skin of
j these eruptions, says a noted authority,
lis to get from any pharmacy about
! four ounces of Jail Salts and take a
I tablespoonful in a glass of hot water
j each morning before breakfast for one
; vvoeK. This will prevent the formation
j of toxins in the bowels, ft also stimu
lates the kidneys to normal activity.
; thus coaxing them to filter the blood
' f impurities and clearing the skin of
; pimples.
.lad Salts is inexpensive, hnrmless
and is made from the acid of grapes
and lemon juice, combined with lithia.
Mere you have a pleasant, effervescent
drink which usually makes pimples
I disappear; cleanses the blood anil i3
I excellent for the kidneys as well.
The Semi-Annual Sale Is On
The Y. M. S. Suits and Overcoats Are
Going On Sale To-Day at Reduced Rates
The $15.00 kind now $11.25
The $18.00 kind now $13.50
The $20.00 kind now $15.00
The $25.00 kind now $18.75
The $30.00 kind now $22.50
The $35.00 kind now $26.25
Reductions in Shirts of All Kinds. Underwear at Reduced Prices.

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