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THE DEMOCRATIC MESSENGER
FIFTY-FOURTH YEAR. No. 23. Col. Sisk Attacks The Volstead Law A Prominent Eastern Shore Methodist Says It Has Failed To Solve The Liquor Problem. Offers Solution Col. Albert \V. Sisk, of Caroline County, a prominent membei of the M. E. Church, and a “Dry” man, has declared himself in favor of the re peal of the “Volstead Law” and offers something in its place which he deems more effective. “Today, in less than two years" Mr. Sisk said, “there is scarcely a city, town or hamlet in the United States where there is not a quantity of ques tionable liquor kept in stock by boot leggers for distribution. In the cities ! almost every soft-drink saloon keeps wines and beers for sale, and practi- j callv every hotel has bottled whisky j for its guests. Any guest can get it for the price. Inquire for it and you are told to see the porter or some ( other irresponsible employee. In many hotels the information is passed to you without the inquiry. East,! West, North. South, wherever you go. the Volstead act is violated in every conceivable way. The violations are winked at by officials high and low, ami the great body of American peo ple know it is being violated and make ! no effort to stop it. Describes Eastern Shore Conditions. “On the Eastern Shore private and commercial stills are dotted here and there in every county. The effort to break them up is laughed at by their owners and has proven futile. The bootleggers simply change their I oca-; tion and continue as before, making and selling corn whisky and various j poisonous concoction-, killing some and undermining the health of many. • “After serious consideration of the conditions that exist today, not only on the Eastern Shore but all over the country. I have come to the conclu sion that the Volstead Act is certainly not the best solution of the liquor , ,problem, which l lielieve is the one big national problem before the American |>eoplo. I further l>elieve that it will continue to be the leading political issue until it is settled right. “I regard the bootlegger as the greatest menace in America today. The sale and purchase of liquor.which the Volstead Act makes a crime, is breeding disrespect and disregard of the law. Law, however, does not regu late what we do and what we eat and drink. It is only when that which we do becomes a menace to somebody else that law steps in ami functions. “There undoubtedly has set in a large and energetic reaction against the Volstead brand of prohibition as it stands today. This i.- the case all over the country, ami it seems to me that among the most respectable classes of people there is the greatest amount of opposition and violation of the law without any compunction of conscience. People simply do not feel that they are doing wrong. (leorge W. Crabbo himself said not l< ng ago that ‘the bootlegger would not have a living today if i: were not for the, patronage of the respectable element 1 of our population.' Says Law Aids Bootleggers. , “It is for the reason that so few of our population res|>ect and obey the Volstead statute that I favor its re peal, and for the further reason that it serves the purpose of the bootleg gers' operations, and enables him to exact huge profits from his custo- PETITIONED PARDON FOR MORSE vHE&SHpB 1* IT*' James \. Finch, pardon attorney for the Department o( Justice, is reported 16 have attached ‘his name to the document begging President l'aft for executive clemency for Charles W. Morse, according to a statement made by Attorney Gen eral Daugherty. WBL * mers. There i.- no more anient sup ' porter of the Volstead law than the ; bootlegger. "In place of the Volstead law I would favor the enactment of a law similar to that in successful opera tion in Denmark and Canada. Under this system the Government manu factures aU alcoholic liquors and guarantees their purity. “The Government also distributes the liquor to the people direct in I scaled packages, and throws such safeguards around the distribution of | it that it cannot become a menace. “For instance, the applicant for liquor is given a i-equisition card for j a limited but reasonable quantity, i The card bears his autograph and ! photograph. An applicant cannot sell the liquor which he gets for his per- I sona! t se. If he does, his card is taken away from him, and the privi lege of getting liquor is. of course, lost at the same time. If the uppli ■ cant’s wife or children, or his mother, j complain to the distributing depot I that the money is needed in the home, his card would le taken away ami liquor refused. “Now, with such safeguards around the whole liquor proposition, it strikes me that it would be very much ‘dry | or' and more orderly than at the pres ; ent time. Would Keep Price Down. I “But, in order to accomplish this, j the liquor should be distributed by the Government at near cost. In other ' words, I would not favor the Govem -1 ment being a partner in the liquor i business to make money. This would i enable the Government to distribute it at a very low price—indeed, so low that it would automatically pit the bootlegger out of business, because the illy lure in the liquor business to the bootlegger is the large profits.” CROWD ATTACKS OCEAN CITY JAIL r Breaks Down Cell Doors in a Night Attack.—Bad Feeling Toward A Policeman Held Responsible. Ocean City. Md., June 19. —Taking the law into its own hands, a crowd of men. probably numbering 75, broke into the small lockup here this morn ing and released two prisoners—Sam uel Cropper and Ernest Fosky. Both men had been arrested on the charge of being intoxicated. Later Fosky was rearrested by Special Policeman Clarke and taken to the county jail at Snow Hill. Another man. “Jim" Casper, of Ocean City, was arrested and also taken to Snow Hill, as Clarke ' claims he was in the crowd that broke i into the lockup. The attack on the lockup caused excitement among the residents here, and State’s Attorney William G. Ker-' bin and Mayor Collins, of Ocean City,; have promised to make a thorough investigation and to prosecute the guilty parties, who beat down the doors and shattered several cell bars in order to reach the prisoners. The attack, it was generally ru mored, was due to ill feeling toward Special Policeman Clarke. Friends of the prisoners were said to have charged him with being unnecessarily rough in making the arrests. Tlie Ocean City authorities do not intern) to allow anymore rowdyism, iind have no fear of a recurrence of it. (On Monday Casper and Foskey were carried before Justice McAllen. Casper was found guilty of carrying u concealed weapon, ami Foskey for being drunk and disorderly. Both men asked for a jury trial. They were ordered to give bond. Casper for S3OO and Foskey SIOO. Not being able to furnish bond both men were returned to jail.] GIKDI.ETKF.E M. K. CHURCH ■' ' ■ 10.00 A. M. Sunday School. Arthur Hudson. Superintendent. 11.00 A. M. Preaching. 11.45 A. M. Baptismal service. 2.00 P. M. Sunday School at Con ners. 3.00 P. M. Preaching. 7.45 P. M. Children’s Day service. D. B. PRETTYMAN, Pastor. Peru is to have a statue of liberty This is regarded as the first step to wards prohibition. Half a Square Mile of Hornet Burn Down % Arverne-bv-the-Sea one of Long Island’s most most thickly populated summer resorts is practically destroyed as a result of a fire that started in the big Hotel Nautilus. Thousands of people arc homeless, great amusement parks are swept out of existence, the Long Island Railroad station is no more, firemen from New York Brooklyn and all adjoining villages failing to check the flames until a wholesale dynamiting ot homes was resorted to. Picture shows an entire street oi cottages or. fire at one time. . , POTATO PRICE LOW CABBAGE SLUMPS Returns On Cabbages Grown On The Shore Scarcely Enough To Pay For Freight Scvci-al cars of Irish potatoes are - now being shipped daily from the two counties of the Eastern Shore of Vir ginia. Northampton countv particu larly is now- making heavy shipments and the season in the lower section of the peninsula is well under way. The prices have gradually declined from $6.50 a barrel to $4.00. This dc-eline is thought to have been caused by 'he steady stream of potatoes into the Northern and Western markets of the North Carolina crop Yield Below Normal. The yield in Northampton County, according to reports, is far from nor mal. while in the upper county of Accomac it is estimated that 40 to 50 barrels to the acre will be the yield. A rain in the latter county would lie of inestimable value, it is said. The farmers on the Shore are being cautioned not to make hurried ship ments. particularly if the potato has not fully matured. They are being re fened to the experience of last year, when the price improved as the season advanced. While $5 price- are not ex pected in the July harvesting, it is said that with the Carolina.- through, good prices should prevail. Cabbage Market In Slump The cabbage crop has been a com plete failure so far as price- go. Due to a flooded market the shipments ■ from the Eastern Shore have hardly returned enough money to the grow ers to pay the freight. But the straw berry crop was a decided success, and a great deal of hope is pinned on the potatoes. People who are in touch with the potato situation express the belief that reasonable prices will pre vail the latter part of June and con tinue throughout July and the entire -eason. In Advance or Not at All. Landlord- “You didn’t pay the rent for last month.” Tenant —“No? Well, I suppose you'll hold me to your agreement." I-andlord —“Agreement! What agreement?" Tenant —“Why, when I tented, you said I must pay in advance or not at all." - - Rift h SNOW HILL. MARYLAND. SATURDAY. JUNE 24. 1922. Result of E.S. League i Ball Games This Week FRIDAY Salisbury 4. Laurel 0; Crisfield 8. j I'orotnokr 6: Park-ley 6. Cambridge 4. SATURDAY I-aurel 3, Salisbury 0; Park .-ley 5, j , j Cambridge 3; Pocomoke 12, Crisfield 9. MONDAY Salisbury 4, Park.-ley <i; Laurel 6. Crisfield 1; Pocomoke 5, Cambridge 3. TUESDAY No game.- on account of rain. WEDNESDAY Pocomoke 6. Park.-ley 5; Crisfield 2. Salisburv 2; Laurel 6. Cambridge I 3 ’ THURSDAY I’aiksley. 18, Pocomoke. 1; Cam bridge. 6. laurel. 3; Crisfield. 8. Sal , isbury. <t. Prof. Roy Bowman Takes Ohio Bride ‘ N Prof. Roy E. Bowman, .-on of Mr.. and Mrs. W. E. Bowman, of near; , Snow Hill, ua.- married on Wednes day. June 7th. to Miss Mary Eliza beth Rogers, of Lower City. Ohio. 1 The marriage took place at the h >m.“ of the bride’s sister in Cleveland. ; President Grover of Baldwin Univer , sity. Ilerea. Ohio, an intimate friend of the bride anil groom, performed j the marriage ceremony. . Prof. Bowman has just closed a ’ successful year as head of the Depart ment of Chemistry in the New Mexico School of Mines. Socorro. N. M. The bride is teacher of English and Pub lic Speaking in JHe Ashland. Ohio, public -chools. She is also a writer of note, having written several stories of fiction that have attained wide popularity. Prof, and Mrs. Bowman will teach in the .all, and in addition to teaching, she will continue her literary work. Prof, and Mrs. Bowman are taking a special summer course at the Ohio I State University. Columbus, Ohio. , They will spend the month of August with his parent-. Mr. ami Mrs. W. E. i Bowman, at Wesley, near Snow Hill. C. 0. MELVIN DIED VERY SUDDENLY Prominent Member Of The Worcester Yount v Bar. Educated For The j Ministry. Mr. Charles O. Melvin, a prominent lawyer of Pocomoke City, died very I suddenly Wednesday afternoon. He was about 76 years of age and had been in poor health for several years. He was in a Baltimore hospital about three months ago. but since that time appeared at the trial table in the Cir cuit Court for Worcester County, and was apparently improved in health. Mr. Melvin is survived by three children, two sons, Homer and Ingalls Melvin and one daughter, Mrs. Enid Wulff. Funeral services will be held Satur day morning, after which interment will be made in the M. P. Cemetery. The pallbearers will be members of : the Worcester Bar. Charles O. Melvin was a native of Somerset County, not far from Poco moke City. He was educated for the ministry, and was a member of the j Maryland General Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, serving ! a number of churches as pastor. In the early 80’s, Mr. Melvin decided to leave the ministry and take up law. In 1885 he was admitted to practice in the Circuit Court of Worcester County, and in a few years he had built up a lucrative practice which in creased with the years. He was a Republican in politics and had been horn>ied by his party. On several occasions he was the party nominee for office and was Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue for the Eastern Shore for a Presidential term. For many years he was the editor and owner of the Ledger-Enterprise news paper published in Pocomoke City. He conducted a clean sheet and had great consideration for his contem poraries—never engaging in person alities or villification and abuse. He was a kindly, courteous gentleman of the old school, who refused to obey the behests of political leaders when they called on him for abuse of his opponents. He was a good lawyer and a good speaker. His death is greatly regretted by all who knew him and he will he greatly missed in the business and \ social life of Pocomoke City and Wor- j cester County. Found Murdered Near Welboume ! A Bloody Axe arid Bloody Hatchet Found Near Body of Edward Manuel, Whose Head Was Crushed. His Money Gone ■ ■ .. Edward Manuel, colored, was found dead at his home near Welboume last Sunday with his head crushed in by blows from an axe and a hatchet. He is the fifth negro who has been mur dered in and around Welboume in ; side of two years. Two colored men, friends of Man uel, who had not seen him for two or three days went to his house after church Sunday to look him up. They [ culled, but received no answer. One !of them peeped through a crack in | the cabin door and said to the other “I see Ned lying on the floor anil he’s | dead. I smell him!” They went to the home of Mr. E. James Reid and told him what they had seen. Mr. Reid and several went to the cabin and found the dead body of Manuel on the floor. His head had 111*00 crushed in by an axe and a hatchet, both of which lay on the floor nearby covered with blood. There was no clue left by the murderer. Mr. Reid telephoned State’s Attor ney Kcrbin, who instructed Justice McAllen to go to Welboume and hold WORCESTER MAN MAKES RECORD David Holtenstein Captures A Num ber of Prizes—" Best All-Around College Man." Five Worcester were graduated at Western Maryland Col lege on Wednesday of last week, all of whom acquitted themselves splen didly, and reflected credit on Worces ter County. The graduates and the subjects of their theses are: Julia Elizabeth Carey, Berlin, “Man’s Ex posure to Parasitic Animals;" Mary Emily Lankford, Pocomoke City, “Women and Benevolence;" Myrtle Louise Lankford, Pocomoke City, “New Antiseptics;" Cora May Mason, Newark, “Early American Fiction.” The fifth member, David Hotten stein, of Snow Hill, carried off more honors than any other member of the ; class. He was given the degree of | Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, his theses l*eing, “Halilieo’s contribution to Science." He was awarded a com ! mission of Second Lieutenant in the Officers’ Resen e Corps, by Captain Smith, l’. S. A. He was awarded second honor in the commencement parts, and was given the honor of being the “Best-all-around College Man." David, we are proud of you, ami feel sure you will make good in your life’s work, whatever that may be. Young ladies, we congratulate you that you have made much splendid records. A.M. JACKSON, WET, OUT FOR CONGRESS Announces lie Will Make First Dis trict Rare On Beer And Wine Platform. Alexander M. Jackson, lawyer of Salisbury, who managed the stirring Congressional Campaign of Hilton W. Robertson in this district two years ago announced on Tuesday that he would be a candidate on an anti-Vol stead platform to oppose Representa tive T. Alan (ioldsborough in the Democratic primaries for the Con gressional nomination. Mr. Jackson, in making his an- I nouncement, states that he does so at the earnest solicitation of his friends, that he is opposed to the return of the saloon but that he is convinced that a majority of the voters of the Eastern Shore are dissatisfied with the Vol stead Act. The candidate states that he favors an immediate modification of the Volstead Act and that further it is his idea to work for the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment. Mr. Jackson was bom in Cecil County in 1879, but moved to Salis bury in 1904. He is married and has six children. He resides on the Ocean City road near Salisbury.—Wicomico Countiar.. $1.50 A YEAR. $2.00 OUT OF COUNTY I an inquest. At the inque. t no evi i I donee was obtained regarding the . murderer or murderers anil the jury ] found that Manuel came to his death ‘ j by the hands of unknown parties. • ; Dr. John D. Dickerson said Manuel • had been dead for several days. Manuel owned his little farm and ■ was known to carry considerable • | money on his person. It is said he ■ had a thousand dollars in cash when • he was murdered. > Lieutenant M. A. Peppersack. of i th • State Police, accompanied by r Officers Mamaduke and Topper, and i State’s Attorney Kerbin, went to the scene of the murder last Wednesday . and also visited the home of Charles • E. Brown, colored, who had recently t been released from the Maryland • House of Correction. Brown had been I arrested by Sheriff Shockley, and t Deputy Sheriff Truitt, on suspicion. • ami Lieutenant t’eppersack, after se s curing clothing of Brown and making a search of his premises, swore oat a ■ writ charging him with the murder > of Edward Manuel. Brown is now in I jail. ’ - ’ ■_ "1 Miss Belle Shockley > , Died Last Wednesday j' • ' Miss Belle Shockley died at her home in Snow Hill about four o'clock Wednesday morning. She was more than four score years old. and had been gradually failing, although the illness that terminated her life had been of short duration. Although her I figure was bent and her step infirm, age was a beautiful ornament to her in her declining years, for one had ! only to come in contact with the pur i ity of her mind, her elevated thoughts. . and her deeply reverent and religious . nature to forget her mere physical disabilities. II She was a member of Bates Me morial Methodist Protestant Church. ’ s and attended services and Sunday ' | School as long as her health permit- Jted; always taking an active interest , in Church ami Sunday School, and, by ,; her example and presence, being an r I inspiration to the younger members. Miss Shockley was the daughter of ( Elijah and Margaret Shockley, and \ was born at the old homestead near , | Whiton. She is the last surviving t I member of her family, having out- I : lived her brothers and sisters. She is , survived by a number of nephews and r nieces, and grandnephews and grand I I nieces. Of the nephews and nieces, Mrs. It. T. Truitt, Mrs. (ieorge W. , Truitt, of S.. Mrs. Willis Wimbrough, . Mr. E. Hance Fooks, Mr. D. Frank | Fooks, and Mr. Charles L. Shockley, | j live in Snow Hill. Funeral services will be held in ; Bates Memorial M. P. Church this j (Friday) afternoon at three o'clock. The services will be conducted by her I pastor. Rev. C. R. Strausburg, after ' which the body will lie laid to rest in , 1 the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery. H r- r—Him NOTED SCIENTIST SAILS FOR FRANCE . f'• * -V This is a picture of Dr. A!e>:. Carrel, taken as he was hoarding the steamer Paris on his way to sec his wife in Northern France. Dr. Carrel, connected with the Rocke feller Institute, is perhaps the great est of American medical scientific investigators. To nlm is credited the first successful effort in the j-.e ficial creation of life.