OCALA EVENING STAR, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1922
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We observe by an editorial in the
Jacksonville Journal that this is
"father and son" week. We are sorry
for the fathers and sons who do not
have fifty-two "father and son" weeks
in the year.
Fred Crawford, deputy United
States marshal, was beaten to death
with a piece of iron pipe at Center,
Ga., Monday by whisky runners. The
two men are in jail. Of course, pro
hibition compelled these men to be
The Times-Union throws cold water
on the booze-fighters as follows:
"Just a word of caution to the 'wets.'
Because Volstead was defeated it is
not to be taken for granted that the
bars will open up, or that the eight
eenth amendment has been voted out
of the constitution."
We've gone through our desk and
thrown away all political clippings;
but that doesn't mean we have not a
fine recollective faculty and can bring
out the record of most any politician
from memory, if necessary. Tampa
Do you recollect that six years ago
you were claiming the credit(?) for
The so-called democrats that voted
the republican ticket in the election
Tuesday should not be permitted to
take part in another democratic pri
mary. Clearwater Sun.
The Sun is eminently right in that
demand. The man who participates
in a nominating primary and fails or
refuses to support the nominees
should be barred from future privi
leges in the party. Tampa Times.
The trouble is that few really, truly
democrats have the grit to insist on
outlaws being outlawed. Some three
hundred Marion county democrats
bolted a nomination in the recent
election, but they will come swagger
ing back into the next primary, and
the faithful won't have the courage
to challenge them.
Elsewhere we print an editorial
from the Lee.ebuvg Commercial, re
garding some of the effects of the
Volstead law; said editorial being
more truthful than pontic. The Star
agrees with it as a whole, tho' in
some details it appears to us incor-
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'the constitution of the United States
j America to vote as a wnoie on any
i issue. The only way to change an
amendment is by another amendment,
and no amendment to the eighteenth
amendment will ever be passed.
LEACH TAKES A LICK AT
LOOSE ENFORCEMENT OF LAW
Joking about the Volstead act has
become so general that it takes rank
with the ancient mother-in-law situa
tion as a foundation for jest. It is a
joke a ghastly joke.
It is not the citizenship known as
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joke but tne auettante metnoas 01 me
enforcement officers have made a joke
Federal enforcement officers trick
restaurant keepers into furnishing a
little liquor and then arrest the de
fenseless proprietor or waiter or
both. Half a dozen thimblefuls hava
been sold, the seller believing that he
is doing something to please a patron
or a friend.
Meanwhile in the swamps or woods
outlying, there are big stills guarded
day and night by men who might be
come desperate. Their force, as op
posed to the mighty army of Volstead
law enforcement officers, is puny, but
it is force and some officer might risk
bodily injury. So the moonshiner
flourishes and his little shotgun
daunts the nine million dollars' worth
of enforcement army. And the moon
shiner makes poison stuff that de
stroys the health of those who drink
it while the restaurant keeper usu
ally tries to get something like his
patron used, possibly from childhood
to a ripe and healthy middle age.
There is too much guff about this
prohibition business. We have let a
sentimental and hypocritical air of
"sacredness" enfold the word and
have refused to look facts squarely
in the face.
JNiot far Irani JLeesburg there is
moonshine being manufactured. We
know it merely because it appears
from time to time and our own county
officers sometimes find it. But those
little tidbits of hangers-on who are
absorbing the immense sum of money
set aside by the federal government
each year for payment to those poli
ticians of small caliber who make up
the rank and file of the enforcement
aimy, do not beat the woods and find
these stills. If they were serious-
purposed men they would form a
band big enough to overcome any
force that was brought to bear upon
them by moonshiners and they would
raid the stills and put these poisoners
where they belong, in the chain gang.
Please understand us we believe the
place for every home brewer or moon
shiner who makes liquor for sale is in
the chain gang; as for the home
brewer who makes the stuff for him
self, if his conscience lets him do it,
that is his business.
But some of these agents go even
further in the easy way than picking
up a few restaurant and hotel men
who can't pack up .and leave. We were
told the other day of a scheme that
was worked whereby a bootlegger of
imported liquor was "bunked" out of
his wares, not as a punishment or in
the name of the government, not to
en force the law, but merely that some
illegal profits might be "whacked up."
In league with one of the regular cus
tomers of a certain bootlegger who
was en route from the east coast with
a "cargo," prohibition officers got in
behind him just before he reached the
c'ty where this customer has a place
of business. They rode him pretty
hard and he ran to the establishment
where he sometimes sells his stuff and
asked that his "cargo" be taken off
his hands quickly. The proprietor
parleyed; said he didn't have the room
to store it where it wouldn't be found;
said he was short of cash, and finally
bought the whole cargo for little more
than a couple of cases would sell for
Such thing as this cannot help but
bring enforcement into disrepute and
so much that is not right and not in
accordance with the tenets of proper
law enforcement are happening right
along in this detestable business that
it cannot help but become a ghastly
joke. And the citizen who drops his
dollars into the outstretched pot for
the fund to assist in enforcing the law
J is simply encouraging a lot of easy
livers who can get higher wages doing
less work that way than any other.
There are some serious minded and
sincere prohibitionists working for
salaries under organizations that beg
for funds, but they are made ridicu
lous by some of the weak vessels upon
whom they depend for final results.
The farce is pitiful.
To show our readers that we are
in earnest in what we have to say
along this line we will make this
proposition. We will join with ten
other men or business firms, each to
give 1000 making a thousand dollars !
in this little city, the fund to go to i
the Anti-Saloon League, if it will send
its hirelings or cause a sufficient num-
ber of the prohibition enforcement I
army to come into the first commis
sioner's district of Lake county and
clean it thoroughly of moonshine stills
and moonshine peddlers. And we
will join with nine others in the sec
ond district for the same purpose. The
money, however, will be paid when
the work is done.
When you get begging letters or
are personally solicited for funds for
this prohibition enforcement graft,
why don't you make some definite
proposition and get some results in
stead of putting in your money and
letting it go to swell the grabbag?
Make them come across with results
and then pay them. The Lord knows
enough money has been grafted in the
name of enforcement of the Volstead
act, to say nothing of what was
squandered getting it on the books, to
pay the interest on the national debt
long enough for us to catch our fi
nancial breath and take a fresh start.
Come up like a man or a woman and
meet this question. We have a law
the Volstead act that hundreds of
thousands of people do not believe
was enacted according to the spirit of
a democratic republic such as ours is
supposed to be. Those people do not
consider that they are lowering their
citizenship by refusing to recognize a
law that has not received a publicly
expressed sanction of a majority of
the voting citizens of the United
States. But it is not difficult for some
of them and all others to realize that
in asserting this personal belief and
acting upon it they are lowering the
morale of the whole nation. Weak
enforcement officials excuse their own
peccadillos upon the grounds that
piominent and respected people evade
and disobey the law, even to the point
of almost openly patronizing bootleg
gers. We are approaching a crisis in
this situation, one that . cannot be
dodged or even ameliorated when it
arrives, and it will be well to antici
pate it and begin working out a solu
tion. Personally, we believe that the peo
ple of the United States will vote for
an anti-liquor law; whether it be to
ban all drinks or only those that are
rank with danger we do not know.
But when the people in all the nation
have been given an opportunity to
cast their votes, we will be through
with the farce that now confronts us.
The will of the majority will prevail.
It is of no use for anyone to say this
matter is settled. No matter is set'
tied in a country where the people's
voice determines everything, because
if the people change their minds and
demand that their voice be counted,
it must be done. No sentimentality
can inveigh against this right and
certainly there is nothing in the world
strong enough to smother the voice
of the people of the United States.
Lest we be misquoted by some who
have formed that habit, let us say in
simple English this: The Commercial
is not wet; it despises moonshine and
moonshiners; it despises strong drink
and bootleggers; it believes in law en
forcement, even the strictest enforce
ment of every jot and tittle and syl
lable of the Volstead act; which it
proves by the offer to put up $200 in
company with others in order to get
real enforcement in its immediate vi
cinity; but and get this but we re
fuse to delude ourselves with sophis
try; we know a spade when we see it
and we call it a spade; we have no de
sire to bury our head in mawkish sen
timent like the sand the ostrich uses
for this purpose, but we do desire to
meet the facts of this as well as other
questions face to face and, if need be,
fist to fist.
Read us as we have written and
think it over.
EIGHT YEARS AGO
Nov. 14, 1914. Canadian troops on
the firing line in Flanders.
Dreadnought Audacious, one of the
latest built and most powerful ships
of the British navy, sunk by a mine
off the coast of Ireland.
Three Turkish transports sunk in
the Black Sea by Russian warships.
Immense Russian army moving to
CHANGE OF SCHEDULE
ON THE SEABOARD
Beginning Sunday, the southbound
limited on the Seaboard Air Line left
Jacksonville at noon to arrive in
Ocala at 3 p. m. and arrive Tampa at
The city council will receive bids on
November 21st, 1922, 7:30 o'clock p.
m. for the lease or rental of the city
market building, now occupied by the
Chero-Cola Bottling Works, occupan
cy given February 20th, 1923.
H. C. Sistrunk. Citv Clerk.
Advertise in the Evening Star.
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19 Buick five-passenger, good con-
1920 model Maxwell touring, re
1921 Dodge delivery truck, excellent j
1920 model Ford light truck with
1920 model Chalmers, 5-passenger.
Easy terms if desired.
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SALT SPIES WATER
Is growing in popularity every
day among Ocalans. It is also
being shipped to every part of
the state. It is sold under a
guarantee. Try a five gallon
Chero-Cola Bottling Works
The package suggests it.
Your taste confirms it.
The sales prove it
Over J billion sold yearly
Liocmr & Myers Tobacco Co.
We are in need of a quantity of Fresh Milk,
as our output is increasing daily. Cash set
tlement every Monday morning for previous
Marion County Creamery Co.
Katherine E. Pyles, Manager
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