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. The National Prohibitionist
____A Journal of Oood Citi^etisHip _____ CHICAGO AND NEW YORK Volume XIII._January 9, 1908. Number Thirty-Five EXTENSION COMMIT. TEE REPORT Since last report the extension committee, on behalf of The National Prohibitionist, has received contributions amounting to $239 from sixty-three people. This makes a total of 311 contributors and $1,639.26 contributed. While this is a fine showing it falls short of what the Prohibitionists of the nation must expect of themselves. M. W. Atwood of Los Angeles, California, heads the list in this report with a contribu tion of $25. He is followed closely by D. Burbank of Fergus Falls, Minn., with a contribution of $24. Mr. Burbank is over 80 year's of age, but he is a Prohibition war horse, ready for anything which will ad vance the interests of the cause. There are very few who vote the ticket who are not as able as Mr. Burbank to give $24 to help build up a national paper. Are you one of the 311 who have an swered? Or are you one of those who have neglected making a response to the appeal for help? There should be over 3,000 men and women from one ocean to the other on this roll of honor. Do you intend to put your name there? If so, will you not respond at once ? All pledges or contributions should be sent to, OLIVER W. STEWART, 5464 Jefferson avenue, Chicago. Following is a list of those who have con tributed since the last report: Twenty-five dollars, M. W. Atwood. Twenty-four dollars, D. Burbank. Ten dollars, Joel W. Brown, N. C. Gilbert. S>x d°llars\, L\ Larson, cash collection, Halsted, Minn., S. C. Ford, R. Vernon Whitehurst. Five dollars, Julius Benjamin, Chauncey Brooks, Wil liam H. Minton, Daniel Leopold, Dr. Joseph McFarland L. B. Mallory, Mrs. Amanda Luten, F. Burroughs, A L Sholley, George C. Jones, A. P. DeWolf, R. D. Thom son, J. L. Sizer, Walter M. Irving. Four dollars, J. L. Looman, Mrs. R. Lane. Three dollars, R. H. Matthews, J. F. and A. M. Davis, A. W. Perkins, S. A. Stenerson, J. L. Claghorn, James M. Robertson, G. W. Ostrander. Two dollars, G. E. Spohr, Andrew J. Harrington, J. H. Prickett, Mrs. M. Gardner, James A. Tate, William C. Mott, Walter Roeder, W. D. Elwell, Chase Benjamin, iVllIiathr-^f:Ewen’.John G- Passage, R. Hodgman, Mrs. L. C. Wilkinson, W. H. Baker, J. H. Taylor. One dollar and fifty cents, Thomas Rouse. One dollar, W. W. Gordon, A. M. Burnett, W. C. Dickson, the Rev. Grant L. Munson, Miss Maggie a! Aurandt, W. D. Smith, E. M. Schrock, George S. Bascom, J. L. Brown, J. Allen, E. W. Sinclair, W. L. Campbell, George A. Emery, the Rev. V. K. Beshgetoor, Willard S. Carson. Fifty cents, S. E. Hoffman. Mississippi Going Dry Jackson, Miss., January 1—(Special corre spondence).—The year in Mississippi is ushered in with the practical certainty that it will be marked by the complete outlawing of the liquor traffic in this state. No one doubts that the legislature will adopt a Prohibition law. It is doubtful that if more than a dozen members in the two houses will venture to oppose it. A great Prohibition meeting is scheduled in the near f future for this city to determine the line of at tack. Mississippi may be depended upon to be the third great southern state to go “dry.” The old ciuery, “What is whisky?" is going the rounds again. It is to be hoped somebodv will find out before -everything goes Prohibition.—The Herald, Lexington, Ky. THE DRINK POWER’S GROWTH How Official Statistics Show an Appalling Increase in the Produc tion of Liquor and of the Traffic's Bloody Bribe KINDS OF LIQUORS. Spirits Produced (Gallons). Spirits Withdrawn for Consumption. Fermented Liquors (Beer) Produced (Barrels) REVENUE. Total Revenue on Spirits. Total Revenue on Beer. Total Liquor Revenue. The Annual Report of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue of the Treasury Department, just issued, emphasizes the curious anomaly that has been puzzling Prohibitionists and temperance workers for years past—the continuous growth of the liquor traffic, in spite of the constant en croachment of the Prohibition movement. We witness, year after year, the reduction of terri tory in which it is lawful to sell liquor, yet, year after year, the figures of the United States gov ernment show that the traffic is growing; that a 1897. ' 1906. 1907. 62,465,647 149,600,196 168,573,913 69,617,789 122,617,943 134,031,066 34,423,094 54,651,637 58,546,111 $ 82,005,438 $143,394,055 $156,336,902 32,472,162 55,641,858 59,567,818 114,477,500 199,035,913 215,904,720 over any former year in history. The same story of increase is told when we turn to the question of withdrawal from the warehouses for consumption. In this connection a word of explanation is necessary. Spirits are manufactured under the strict supervision of the United States govern ment, government officials carrying the keys of distilleries, and all spirits manufactured remain in the custody of the government of the United States in warehouses until they are withdrawn, either for exportation from the country or for consumption and use within the country. It must be borne in mind in dealing with these figures that these do not give us the basis for computing the actual consumption of intoxi cating liquors, since they refer only to domestic liquors and take no account of importations. I _- " -_> a fmontH mm in m/em rmm ■ pud. m m mriKDip oic j.r vp greater flood of intoxicants has been poured upon the nation; that the revenues from drink furnish a larger bribe for quieting the conscience of the people and the liquor power grows stronger in its ill-gotten gains. The fiscal year 1907, which closed June 30, last, furnishes no exception of the rule. During that fiscal year, according to the Re port of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the amount of distilled spirits manufactured reached the enormous total of 168,573,913 gal lons. For the purpose of comparing this with preceding years reference may be made to the quantities deposited in the government ware houses. During the fiscal year 1907, 170,814,197 gallons were deposited in the warehouses. This has never before been approached in any year of the history of the liquor traffic in the United States. Prior to this year the largest produc tion placed in the warehouse was in the year 1905, when 150,124,015 gallons were warehoused. This makes the year 1907 stand with more than 20,500,000 gallons of spirits produced in excess THE THIRTY PIECES Of SELVES ~ DO IS H MY T # POO. EH THl PE EE* tYR PE PE. J.'/ U+. In the fiscal year 1906, closing in June a year ago, 122,617,943 gallons were withdrawn for con sumption. This was a large increase over the preceding year, but the report just issued shows a continued increase, for in the fiscal year 1907 the withdrawals reached an aggregate of 134,031, 066 gallons, or an increase of more than 11,500, 000 gallons. The largest single item of increase is in Bour bon whisky, where the excess of the year 1907 over the year 1906 is almost 3,080,000 gallons, though rye whisky shows an increase of almost 2,500,000 gallons. If we push our investigation a little further back we discover that in 1897, the fiscal year that BE SURE TO READ PAGE 11.