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Vol. 06
JASPER, Indiana, I uidy AUGUST '28,1914,
No. io.
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Intemperate Temperance.
Food for the Temperate and Intem
perate to Ponder Over.
The late Norman Macleod used to tell a story to the
effect that on one occasion when he was driving with
a parilfaoner, the conversation turned on the subject
a to whether it was irreligious to take a walk on Sun
day. An old clergyman present said: "I can't say
hat it is positively irreligious to t ike a walk on Sab
I atn day. I often do it myself, but I am always very
careful to go out by the back door!" Now this back
door religion, and back-door morality, I do righteous
ly abhor. In the Prohibition movement there is not
only the attempted tyranny of legal prohibition, but
there is the actual tyranny of social prohibition. One
of t he consequences undoubtedly is the fearful increase
of those sly and secret modes of indulging the intem
im rate appetite of which we are now hearing so much.
A bottle of lager beer on the (firmer table can't well be
hidden from those impertinent busy bodies who are
alwayi wanting to regulate the lives of other people,
hut a Ixittle of morphine can be carried in the pocket
and nolcdy but yourself and the druggist who sup
plies it be any the wiser. Advocates of prohibition, it
-eems to me, are lamentably lacking in the important
element of tact. Tact is a vary important thing to
have. Success in well nigh everything depends on the
possession of it. I have not much of it myself, and
the consequence is I am always getting into a mess of
some sort. If 1 had more tact perhaps I should not be
-peaking to you to-night on this subject and confessing
to you any beer bibbing sins. I should but drink the
;ct all trie same and pretend I didn't. And then,
what a delightful acquisition'! should be to the tem
perance platform! But Prohibitionists, in the advoca
cy of their movement, lact tact. I read a story in a
Magazine, the other day, which illustrates the value of
this quality: "Frederick Douglass was traveling with
a friend of another color in a part of the country where
public sentiment was bitterly hostile to the association
of colors. They stopped at a tavern and dined toget
her, at such a spectacle the villagers, growling and
grumbling abut thm stove in the bar-room, was imme
diately disposed to mischief. The bar-room philosoph
ers, being white men, were sadly troubled for the hon
or of their color. 4 W hat business has a white man to
be traveling and eating with a nigger, anyhow? If
he don't know what's deeer.t we'll teach him. Tarring
and feathering for the white man seemed looming in
the very remote perspective. Frederick Douglass
slipped quietly out, and returning, after a littie while,
he remarked to his companion, in a good humored way
that he had just seen a v ry singular sight in the sta
le, Of course the murmuring crowd turned to listen.
'You'll hardly believe i ,' said Douglass, 'but I gave
my white mare and your bay horse four quarts of oats
each, and they are eating side by side as quietly and
contentedlv as if they were of the same color. 'Tis
most extraordinary.' He neither laughed nor winked,
I made his remark with a simple sincerity absolutely
irresistible. There was a moment of silence, and then
me the answer of the human heart to the wit that
had been spoken. 'What cursed fools we are,' said
one of the crowd, and a laugh followed which scatter
ed like a burst of sunlight the gathering clouds of evil
intention. Tact had been a hundred fold more effect
ual in melting a prejudice t.an a series of solemn lec
tures. it the prohibition reformers had possessed tact when
they found themselves confronted with a habit the
most ancient, the most deeply rooted, the most wide
preod of any habit humanity has yet formed, instead
attempting the impossible task of eradicating that
habit would hate sought to regulate it, and so they
I e deprived it of those evil excresenoes from which
society was'sufTering.
Again' if they had had tact instead of alienating
moderate men by denouncing temperate drinkers as
worse than the intemperate ones, as men who were ?s
ponsible for all the woes that come of drunkenness
m en who were all on the downward road to hell,
they would have utilized the immense amount of tem
perate force which these sober men had it in their
ver to wield and so they would have brought a
ee "f public opinion to bear unon all the abuses of
e drinking system before whicn those abuses must,
long ere this have been swept clean away. They would
i endeavored to create and foster a taste and ap-
ate for the less fiery kind of intoxicants for beer and
the lighter kinds of wines; and they wouid have en
deavored to ensure that all liquor sold should be un
adulteratedabsolutely free from all foreign and dele
terious compounds-for it is a fact that a considerable
pert of the drunkenness that exis'.s is caused by the
vile compounds with which alcoholic drinks are adul
terated; and it is a further fact that the drunkenness
thus caused is of the vilvest, m t passionate, most
vindictive sort. Alchohol is not so much a stimulant
hs a narcotic. Pure alcoholic beverages tend to stupi
fy and not to madden.
And yet, again, if they had had tact, finding them
selves confronted by a habit which had necessarily
called into existence a vast trade; a trade stretching
out its ramifications all over the world; a trade in
which millions upon millions of capital was invested,
they would have called to their aid the persons engag
ed in that trade, and appealed to their intelligence,
honesty and patriotism oualities in which even saloon
keepers are not entirely deficient to aid in making
the trade as clean and decent and honest as possible.
It is as much to the interest of traders in intoxicating
drinks as it is to the interest of traders in any other
commodity, that the public should think well of them
and of their business. Take them as a whole, taking
into consideration, as we ought to take into considera
tion the peculiar temptation with which their busi
ness surrounds thorn, the dealers in intoxicating drinks
arc as honest as citizens and as upright as men, as any
ot her class of the community. They are not the "mur
derers" w'hich ardent temperance apostles delight in
declaring them to be. They do not delight in seeing a
young man blasted in his promise, and soddened
through and through with drink; they do not gloat
over the miseries and the shames which the families
of hapless drunkards are made to feel. 'They have
hearts in their bosoms; they have wives and children
whom they love; they are capable of being touched and
influenced by tender and solemn emotions. And I
have no hesitation in saying that if they had been ap
proached in a nroper spirit, they would have proved
the bulk of tliem, that is a valuable auxilary to a
temperance not a prohibition- but a temperance
Inasmuch as we cannot, for a long series of centur
ies to come, eradicate the habit of drinking intoxicants
it is necessary that there should be a class of men
whose special business it is to minister to the habit; and
considering the peculiar nature of the trade, it is of
great moment that intelligent, honest, moral men
should be induced to enter it. The policy the prohibi
tion party has pursued has had a direct tendency to
drive such men away. Men of intelligence and hones
ty shrunk naturally from investing their capital in a
business which the caprice of public opinion may, by a
1 pular vote, at any time destroy.
Pi ohibitionists make their movement too much a
moral and religious movement. It is that, but it is
not that primarily. Primarily it is a physical move
ment. Drunkenness is a physical disease, and can be
made to yield .o physical methods of treatment. How
absurdly the religious element has been imported into
the question. What valuable time, and what labori
ous ingenuity have been wasted in the attempt to
prove it scriptural in the attempt to prove that when
ever wine is spoken of favorably in the Bible the un
fermented juice of the grape is meant; and that when
ever it is sK)ken of unfavorably in the Bible the fer
mented juice is meant. Just as though that mattered.
People before they settle great questions do not wait
until those who read the Bilde differently and give a
different interpretation to the texts, have adjusted
their differences. Humanity abolished slavery with
out waiting until those who attacked slavery and those
who defended it, on scriptum' grounQs, had come to
an agreement as to what the Bible teaching really
was. So with this temperance question. If it be a
good thing it will triumph because it is good because
it commends itself to the enlightened reason and con
sjience as good, and not because certain passages iii a
book, the last words of which were written eighteen
hundred years before ever the thing was heard of, can
be ingeniously twisted in its favor. A preacher savs
that faith in Christ is the only thing that will cure the
drunkard and keep him safe. Unfortunately for this
theory, so many of those who have an abundance of
this faith, or who profess to have it, are constantly
tumbling into all sorts of slimy pits of wickedness and
shame! Faith in Christ will no more cure drunken
ness than it will cure a broken leg; it will no more pre
vent a man from getting drunk, if he is fool enough
to drink a sufficient quantity to produce that end, than
it will prevent him from having the life crushed out of
him if a heavy wagon wheel passes over his head.
Temperance appeals are almost invariably addressed
to the moral and religious feelings. The laugh at the
antics of the drunkard, the tear over the description of
the drunkard's ruined home and broken hearted wife,
are varied by terrific denunciation of that arch villain
of all villains the moderate drinker. The consequence
is that the fury of a revival is got up, and a vast
amount of enthusiasm is created, but fortunately for
the world, nobody can dwell long together amid the
fury of a revival; and so the revival always cools down
and is always followed by a proportionate amount of
back-sliding. When the revival is over, you have just
as much drunkenness as ever you had before, but in
addition you have a prodigious amount of conscious
falsehood and hypocrisy.
Continued in the next issue.
Read the Courier.
Mew 8ound Carrlaa and tha Way MI
ragt Coma and Oa.
Talk about wireless telephone!
The Colorado desert goes mSienca
one better in that line. According
to travelers in that neck of aana
and 6agebruh, you can dispense
with any kind of telephone, with ot
without wires, at least up to a cer
tain distance.
Two men a milo apart can cany
on a conversation iu an ordinary;
tone of Toioo, particularly if there
happens to bo a small hill behind
each, writes Harvey Jlall Kessler in
the Travel Magazine. The prevail
ing pilonce is so intense that it
might be cj't t! deafening.
Perh.ip . after all, the weirdead
among mai v Mi p feature of the
deeert i- i!ie m rag We have
camped perhap 11 d gone to bad
early in the ev with the aVer
mometer rci-' mJ far below
tfc bund).. I in, i VVp awake,
hf:erinp with co. J btMtta our
Htnkj t, and I "k t'wnrd the east.
There is the sii-' test suggestion
of light in the ricr there, which a
we watch grows slowly in strength.
A grayish haze marks the horizon's
edge, which stands out more sharph
at one point, from which broad,
pale rays creep up and out high!
above in the sky. These again
slowly fade as a point of brilliant;
light apjeara at their base. This
point grows ta a half ciccle, then
breaks and runs along the sky lin J
in a surging, golden lake.
Upon the shores of this lake
cities spring up, towers, spires and
olid i.3cks. These fade into fields!
and forests and farming scenes I
fields of golden grain, cattle stand
ing in gTeen alfalfa, shaets of wa
ter. The mountains near the edge
of the lake separate from their
bases and float upward, topple over
and stand on their heads, their un
wieldy feet in air.
Soon our lake begins to contract
and collect into a big round ball of
dazzling brilliance hung just above
the horizon. Farms and forest dis
appear. The mountains, as though
abashed at being caught in such an
unseemly attituda by the broad
light of day, quickly resume their
normal position, while all the stark
landscape stiffens into unstirring en
durance of the garish light and
blazing heat of the desert sun. Tha
mirage Is gene like a bubble. Only
tha gray desert remains.
Uncle F.pbraim Haylfense Whv
that's a perfect picture of my old
hoss! WnafU you sell it fur, mis
ter? Arist (who has been sketching
In the neighborhood) Well, wken
that painting is finished it will be
worth $100 anyhow.
T'nde Rnkruua Ain't there go
in' to be notion' else in it?
Art.-t No, nothing but Hat
Uncle Ephriam--Wdl, you can't
gell it nnywhere's around here fur
no $100. Everybody know I've of
fered the hv himself time an'
ag'in fur $15 an' take it out in
track.- fjhjaagi Tri him
Tha Wk Cum of tha Stag Facta A..
Mccompliahad. 4
When a champion rifle shot firaa
blindfolded at a wedding ring or a
penny ha 1 between his wife's
thumb and finger of seated back to
her shoots, by means of a mirror, at
tf apple upon her head or on a
fork held in her teeth, tha danger
of using a bullet is obvious. None,
of courbe, is needed. The explo
sion is enough. The apple if al
ready prepar.-d, having been cut
into pieces and stuck together with
an adhesive substance, and a thread
with a knot at the end, pulled
through it from the "wings," so
that it flics to bits when the gun i
fired is "how it is done."
Generally the more dangerous a
feat Rppeari tat iore cnrrfullv is
all dan . - Y i uin-t. In'the
I "mil m T 11" act the thread is
oft. m Had to t!,o assistant's foot.
Whan, r. the r.-h is shot off a
cigar wind the assistant la smok
ing a pit ' of a re is pushed by his
I ton: rough a hollow passage in
the cic:ir, t is'thrusfing off the ash
at the moment pi filing.
A-favorite buk simple trick is the
hooting from some distance at an
orange hlld in a la dps hand. Great
applause i invariajtjy forthcoming
when the bullet drops out on her
Utting open tli&frurt. It is insert
ed by hand earlier In, the evening.
Another popular trick is that of
anuffirig out lighted "candles. Half
a dozen are placedMn front of a
screen, n which .as many small
holes are bored,, one against each
candle wick. At the moment of
firing a confederate behind the
screen sharply blbws out each can
dle with a pair of bellows.
In most instances where a ball or
other object has to be broken on a
liv:ng pr r mil bond blank car
tridge is m 1 and the effect pro
duced by other means. A special
wig with a spring concealed in it
worked fan a wire tinder the clothes
is generally used, the confederate
manipulating the spring simulta-neou-'.v
with tha fir.nir .f the rifle.
As tha ' es tri ' Mjk thin
glass, a mero to'; h su
ter it.
In these exhibitions nme of the
rifle "experts" invite gentleman
from the audience to testify that
the weapon ia indeed loaded. The
cartridge shown looks very well, but
it is a shell of thin wax blackened
to reserrb!" a leaden bullet. It
would n't l i t a fly. London Tit-Bits.
A f Ma.
A i' .tii oi - Red w th an op
port ':f!t;.
"Whv &vfil c". kwi where yon
aragoin!'" cr'f''-d the man.
"Don't ou !-v n:7e me?" asked
the Boporttiiiil pleasantly.
"No, sol 1 d c't care to. Yon
have trod J ij corns," replied
the man a ha I mnad away.
Monti Pol be Kan the people
who ni thai I never nad a
Aan New fork Time.
Do Ybq Patronize lie lo
iustries or Mail Order
Bouses ?
The Jasper Courier, is the only
ptpaT in Jasper that is owned,
edited and published by a citizen
of Jasper. Don't kick about
Mail order concerns if you spend
your money for your printing to
concerns that are owned and
bossed by non-citizens of the

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