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The National Prohibitionist
__A Journal of Good. Citizexisliip ___ CHICAGO AND NEW YORK Volume XIII._ January 2, 1908. Number Thirty-Four EXTENSION FUND GROWS Two Hundred and Forty-Eight People Give $1,400 to Help Cover the Nation Like the Dew With Strong Prohibition Paper Since the last report there has been added to The National Prohibitionist Extension Fund, $573, given by 98 people. The first report showed 22 people giving $156. The second report showed 128 people giving $671.26. This report shows 98 people giving $573, which brings the total up to 248 contribu tors, giving $1,400.26. There comes also a letter from away up at Winnipeg, Manitoba, inclosing a check for $25. It comes from W. Redford Mulock, K. C., who sends a message of greeting and good cheer with his contribution. Are the Prohibitionists in the states going to allow our Canada friends to outdo us in zeal in the support of our own paper? In the list of names which follows will be found many who have led for years in this work. It should be a growing list. There are thousands in the country as able to give as those who have given. Most of them intend to do V something in the near future. Are you one of them? Will you respond now, instead of wait ing until later? We need your help at this mo ment to put the paper on its feet and give it strength for the coming campaign. All pledges and contributions should be sent _ to Oliver W. Stewart, 5464 Jefferson Ave., Chicago. lhe following is a list of contributors since the last report: Sixty dollars, Richard T, Collins. 1 Thirty dollars, A. J. Crawford. 1 Twenty-five dollars, Joel G. Van Cise, W. Rexford, Mulock. Twenty dollars, A. G. Snyder, B. J. Sweet. Twelve dollars, Grace Holly, F. J. Dunham, R. H. Gilliland, Martin Best, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Bino ham, Alex. Barnhar-*, T. B. Cobb, Wm. H. Fish. Ten dollars, Wm. Booth, Thos. G. Sayre. Nine dollars, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Gates, A. Helm. Six dollars, C. W. Ramsey, A. McIntyre, Duane N. Griffin, Catharine Cracraft, E. G. Contant, J. E. Clayton, O. V. Wallace, E. C. Swift, the Rev. R. A. Dearstyne, M. J. Hanna, Jas. F. McReynolds, Wm. H. Morrill. Five dollars, L. B. Merritt, W. C. Walton, Edwin Sidney Williams, J. Henry Nye, Bert H. Skeels, E. M. Newcomb, C. A. Scott, Mrs. M. Templeton, Oscar Kent, S. H. Warner, Wm. Penn, the Rev. Jno. Alford, H. F. Wedgewood, M. Sanderson, Lewis Crum, Wm. Powell, H. H. George, Mrs. M. A. Smith, J. P. Bodine. Hour dollars, W. G. Leonard, Eugene Gillingham. Three dollars, Walter J. Ford, W. E. Phillips, D. C. Cope, A. H. Kuter, L. J. Johnson, A Chicago Friend, J. B. Smith, E. C. Chase, Roy Oberlin, C. S. Adair. Two dollars and fifty cents, J. H. Anderson. Two dollars, John I. Maharay, T. W. Collier, Charles Smith, Joseph Hayes, Wm. Allen, H. J. Noyes, Geo. F. Arnold, Frank Tuttle, An Ohio Friend, I. L. Whiteley, Geo. H. Candee, Jacob Cosman, C. T. Estep, C. W. McClair, J. C. Hanley. One dollar and thirty cents, Sunday School, Pryor, Mont. /One dollar and twenty cents, John Farmer. One dollar, J. N. MacPherson, S. V. Mace, E. D. Harris, Mrs. Alice S. Brown, A. O. Johnson, C. H. Stanton, M. Ginness, Unknown Friend, San Bernar dino, Cal.; Geo. S. Mitchell, H. D. Rogers, Fred Mey er, O. S. Young, Arthur H. Nichols, J. F. Snyder, C. T. Hogan, D. M. Sturger, C. E. Hatchitt, A. F. Hart, R. Z. Reprogle. RESULTS OF PROHIBITION Kansas and Oklahoma Offer Evidence of the Good Results of Abolishing Saloons—Crime Decreases and Cities Grow Where Law is Enforced Kansas City, Kansas, December 27—(Special correspondence)—The statement is frequently made in liquor papers and repeated in the daily press, from one time to another, that the adop tion of Prohibition means the driving away of population from a state or from a city. Recent press dispatches have represented that Atlanta is facing a serious problem in the removal of peo ple who will not live in a Prohibition town; that buildings are standing empty and “To Rent’’ signs prominent everywhere. While it is proba ble that this is almost wholly a fabrication and while reliable news from Atlanta, published in the Prohibition papers, puts an altogether differ ent face upon the situation, Kansas has a bit of experience in the immediate past that is available as a commentary. During the year, six Kansas cities have en forced the prohibitory law and driven out the saloons. These are Kansas City, Wichita, To peka, Farsons, Coffeyville and Independence. Three Kansas cities have allowed the saloon to remain in rebellion against the law. These are the notorious old rebels—Leavenworth, Atchison and Pittsburgh. In all of the three, in spite of every effort, the saloon still holds some foothold —and law-breaking is abetted by the public offi cials. Now, by curious coincidence—if it were coin cidence—but rather, as every intelligent observer believes, as a direct consequence of this policy, the six cities which have driven out the saloon have all increased in population, and the three cities which have retained the saloon have each and all decreased in population. The increase in population is as follows: Kansas City (Kansas).10,298 Wichita . 4,431 Topeka . 4,245 Parsons . 3,698 Coffeyville . 3,271 Independence.4.2,298 Leavenworth, Atchison and Pittsburgh, as al ready indicated, each show a decrease in popu lation, and in addition to this, Leavenworth and Pittsburgh are both bankrupt and cannot pay their current expenses or the interest on their city bonds. PROHIBITION IN OKLAHOMA What the New State Finds to be the Result of No-Saloon Policy—Great Reduc tion in Crime Oklahoma City, Okla., December 23.—(Spec ial correspondence)—Prohibition has now been in force in this city long enough that it is pos sible to form some judgment as to some of its immediate results, and it is on every hand con ceded that crime has been very materially re duced and that public order is much improved. During the thirty days which followed the ad mission of the state and the going into force of the Prohibition law1, the sheriff’s office has han dled a much smaller number of prisoners than during the thirty days preceding. From October 1G to November 16 fifty-five arrests were made; from November 16 to December 16, only thirty two arrests, counting all the cases of arrests for attempts to violate the Prohibition law. The sheriff in an interview says that crime has been reduced about seventy-five percent. One of the notable facts is that since the ad vent of the Prohibition law there have been no murders in Oklahoma county, although prior to that time there had been a lamentable reign of murder. During the last day of saloon rule, there was one murder and one stabbing affray. The general feeling is that the reduction of crime will be still more marked as time goes on, and that, while the total number of arrests, since it will include boot-leggers and all who attempt to violate the Prohibition law, may continue large, violent crime will almost wholly disap pear. The police court in this city is already a ghost of its former self, and for the month ending De cember 17, the number of “drunks” was less than one-eighth the number handled during the preceding month. THINGS TO BE REMEMBERED Some of the Events of 1907 That Make the Year Memorable in the Move ment’s History The following are among the notable events in the Prohibition movement during the year 1907: The seating of Prohibitionists as members of the legislature in four states of the Union. The rendering of the Artman decision, declar ing the license system unconstitutional, Febru ary 13. The abolition of the dispensary as a state insti tution in South Carolina. The exposure by The Defender of the infamous conditions maintained by the United States gov ernment on the Isthmus of Panama. The polling of more than six thousand votes for William A. Brubaker, Prohibition candi date for mayor of Chicago. Remarkable revival of interest in Prohibition law in Kansas. Great tour of the nation, in a series of ad dresses upon the unconstitutionality of the saloon license, by Judge Artman of Indiana. Passage of the prohibitory law by the legis lature of Oeorgia, July 31. Adoption of Prohibition constitution by the people of the state of Oklahoma, September 17. Asheville, North Carolina, long considered a liquor stronghold, carried for no-license. Birmingham, Alabama, votes out the saloons in local option contest, October 28. Robert E. Neidig, Prohibition candidate for sheriff in New York county, polls in New York city 7,000 votes—more than were ever before Prohibition enthusiasts are specially urged to read the announcement of a Great For ward Movement on Page 11.