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r The National Prohibitionist
__A Journal of Good Citizenship CHICAGO AND NEW YORK Volume XIII. _January 16, 1908. Number Thirty-Six CHICAGO’S SUNDAY CLOSING Present Status of the Whisky Rebellion in Western Metropolis The status of the Sunday closing movement in Chicago may be briefly summed up as follows: Up to date three cases have been tried in the municipal court, resulting, the first, in a disagree ment of the jury; the second, in an acquittal and the third, in a disagreement of the jury. In each ■of these cases it was admitted by the defense that the saloon in question was open on the Sunday in question, and the defense depended entirely upon its ability to persuade some or all of the members of the jury to ignore the law, although in each case the presiding judge instructed the jury that the law of the state is in full force and effect in the city of Chicago and is not in any way modified by the ordinance which appears in contradiction to it, or by the fact that it has been ignored by the local officials for years past. It is a well-known fact that the lawyer who is defending the saloon cases admitted, before the first case went to trial, that he had no case in law and that his whole dependence rested upon his ability to “browbeat the judge and bamboozle the iury.” The prosecution is to continue. Other cases will be tried in the near future and interesting developments are anticipated. Members of the Tenth Legion are Specially requested to Read Page 11. PROHIBITION'S AWFUL RESULTS closmg Georgia's Saloons Threatens to Stop Street Improvement Work in Atla.nta.~City Prison Unable to Keep Up the Supply of Cha.in-Gang Laborers-Court Business Languishes Atlanta, Ga., January 8.—(Special correspond ence.)—With just one week of Prohibition the “awful results” of the policy are apparent to all the people of Atlanta, and stand confronting this great city with appalling force. Alderman W. A. Hancock, the newly elected chairman of the streets committee, announces that, unless the Prohibition law is at once re pealed and the saloons restored, it will be impos sible to carry on the street work of the city, as it has formerly been carried on. Io understand this announcement it must be known that Atlanta has done its street improve ment work by means of the prisoners in the stockade or city prison. The first week of Prohibition has so materially reduced the number of prisoners that the time is already at hand when a new system of doing the work must be found or the work must stop. Eight squads of pris oners in the past, in normal times, have been kept at work. In a comparatively few days it will be impossible to turn out a single squad if the awful results of Prohibition” go on as they have begun. EXTENSION FUND GROWING Encouraging responses continue to come to the appeal for an Extension Fund on be half of 1 he National Prohibitionist. Since last report, 41 persons have sent in cash and subscriptions amounting to $165.50. There have now been 352 responses, amounting to $1,804. <6. This report brings a response from L. A. Babcock, who is away up in Kasaan, Alaska, who sends his check for $6.00 to help us establish a great Prohibition paper for the nation. Every section of the country is represented among the 41 contributors whose names are rejiorted this week. A steady stream of responses is coming, but it ought to be larger. Prohibition friends, can we afford to fail in the establishment of a fund to give the widest possible circulation to a great national paper in this most important campaign upon which we are now entering? There are many thousands who put aside the appeal, intending to answer as soon as the holiday rush was over. Were you one of that number ? Tf so, will you not take the matter up at once? Send your contribution or pledge for the Extension Fund to build up and advance The National Prohibitionist to OLIVER W. STEWART, 5404 Jefferson Avenue, Chicago. I he following is the list of contributors since last report: Twelve Dollars, Wm. A. Cross, S. D. Mitchell, Frank L. Hardy, the Rev. E. E. Campbell. Six Dollars, L. O. Stevens, N. H. Gillette, L. A. Babcock, Agnes R. Jewett, Mrs. M. E. Williams Robt FTembrough. Five Dollars, Fred Shunk, Henry Middleniiss, J. P. McNay, W. H. Babb, H. L. Parmelee, Frederick Sea bnght, O. E. Hanson, A. K. Nash. Three Dollars, A. E. Chamberlain, T. E. Pennock, Mrs. Lizzie Kelsey, Mrs. L. M. Bissell. Two Dollars and Fifty Cents, W. B. Sargent, Jasper Ulrey. Two Dollars, Geo. A. Hancock, Mrs. W. R. Terry, F. H. Horsfall, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Smith, E. W Horner Joseph Parker, J. Warren Miller, A. S.,Eaton. One Dollar, L. M. Ewing, David Yost, Chas. E. Ebersol, O. Paulson, Fred A. Bradley, Mrs. E. O. Abbott <«. I*. Morton, Minta Michael. Fifty Cents, T. S. Smedley. A year ago yesterday the police of Atlanta at rested seventy-two people; yesterday they ar rested only twelve. I hat total of twelve was made up of four white men and one white woman, five negro men and two negro boys. Among this number was one arrested for drunkenness, two for “idling and loitering,” -five were arrested for disorderly conduct and three for failure to keep to the right in driving across the viaduct, while the remaining one had committed the offense of allowing minors to enter a bowling alley. Comparison between the first week in Janu ary, 1907, and the corresponding week of the new year under Prohibition shows a wonderful de crease in the number of cases tried before Re corder Broyles in the city police court. In the first week of last year a total of 442 cases were disposed of, 31 of which were ju veniles. During the first week of the year there has been a total of 251—191 cases less than for the same period of last year. Twenty-six juveniles were tried this week and are included in the total. Even this is not a full showing of the case, for this week includes the arrests made on the last night of the saloon regime and other hold-overs from the “wet” days. A total of about 125 cases were tried the day after Prohibition went into effect. Even with this big number of cases in the list, the total shows a remarkable slump. With this first day cut out of the figures, the decrease would be decidedly more marked. Manifestly the business of producing criminals in Atlanta has received an awful setback. The “Disaster” Culminates Atlanta, Ga., January 9.— (Special Corre spondence.)—The “awful results” of Prohibition keep piling themselves upon the people of Atlanta. During the past months while the saloon has been in operation the number of prisoners brought to police headquarters has made it necessary to have two assistant station sergeants. As a result of the decrease of business in the police department, following the adoption of Prohibition, both of these officers have lost these desirable jobs and have been put back upon beats, patrolling the streets of the city. Prohibition put 133 liquor houses out of busi ness. Of these 86 were saloons, 61 whisky sa loons for white, 25 whisky saloons for negroes, 17 beer saloons for whites and 6 beer saloons for The Liquor Traffic takes from the American People every twelve months at least Two Thousand Million Dollars. For not one Dollar of this is any Val uable Return made to the man who spends the money. This Fact makes the Prohibition Ques tion the Greatest Financial Issue in American politics. And there are Other Important Facts in the Case.