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Manhattan Shirts . $1.50 $2. $2.50 ■ The NEW STORE I NEXT DOOR BANK OF NEWPORT. PROTEST AGAINST LICENSE. Editor of Independent: — Will you allow me a few words upon the “Petition for License,” which ac cording to your issue of Saturday last is now “going the rounds.” I would greatly prefer not to say anything publicly upon questions that pertain more especialiy to our public affairs, though, as a citizen, I claim the right to speak as any other. The sad spectacle of returning to the conditions that prevailed here, when I first came two years ago, in cite me to make a plea to our busi ness men to stop and think into what they are rushing not only themselves, but all the rest of the community, for at least two years, and likely longer. I shall not take up your space in a lengthy argument on this point; but would have greater influence, I be lieve, in appealing to the hearts and consciences of true men, and women, too, though strange to me it is that there should be any wife, mother or sister to encourage or uphold a move ment to bring back the saloon. I am familiar with the two great “ * reasons given for the return to the license system. The first and greatest js that we have not found the no license system effective. But has there ever been a law or system against crime, that was absolutely ef fective? Yet this system of no-li cense must be singled out and re pealed above those of theft, murder, arson, rape, etc. Now the answer immediately occurs to every one that if all our officers of the law would faithfully execute their sworn duty, from the Governor down, we would find things very different. There are many towns that are demonstrations of this in our own state, but if this were not the case, the relief from the evil conditions of drink would not be found by opening the flood gates un der the name of license. I have never heard any one claim that license even restrained or tended to lessen the drink habit. Yet that it is the very argument so continuously used against no license. It is true that we have blind tigers here, and there have been many dis couraging features of the case; yet there have been many encouraging ones also. But, let us stop and think a moment. Will these conditions of drunkenness and disturbance of the public peace and comfort be improved by license? If so, why is there such a great effort on the part of those wjio violate the existing law to have the law repealed? Now, the following facts should be thoroughly weighed. The conditions of no license have prevailed only a short time, especially in comparison with the time that those of license have. Its benefits have not had the chance to be thoroughly demonstrated, financially, in the way of refinement, but especially morally and religiously. The law has not been even fairly en forced. Again, the evil conditions of blind tigers, etc., are not the results of no | license, but of license, and yet, with all this, 1 aver that conditions are far better than when I came here two years ago. Now there is a great sol | icitude on the part of many. Are we to be thrust back into this maelstrom of evil conditions that will grow worse and worse? Is the return to the sa loon an upward movement? 2. The other argument, which is the stronger with most men is the financial one. The claim is made, that the saloon is a necessary evil; that without license our city govern ment has by far Insufficient means tc meet its running expenses. And here the matter might as well be met fair ly and be decided conscienciously bj ! every business man. Is not this effort i to avoid a tax for legitimate expenses ! of our body politic, the explanatior largely of the attitude of many whc ' favor license? If this be acknowl edged, is it not further a fact that this is a vicious principle that will bring j financial suicide to the city govern ! ment? What, for instance, is the | amount of the cost of the running ex 1 penses under the license system, foi j the fees to the marshal, magistrate the keeping of the prisoners in the I jail etc., and bow much is left of the amount received from tbe licenses, after all the expenses of the adminis tration of justice have been taken out? It might be interesting to some of our business men to figure that up. But who also pays the license finally on every drink? Not t ie sal >on keeper, because he must make his profit above all expenses. Furthermore have not our city and our citizens privately paid out more to the de graded poor than can ever be saved under the license system? One more word on the business proposition. It is claimed that the license system will bring more custom to the business houses. There are many facts to disprove this; but I would only call to witness each man in his own business here within the last two years—and there have been poor crops these two years besides. Has not business been as :ood, if not better than any other two years un der license? The reports of our two banks, I believe, show an increase of business, and these are pretty good thermometers of business prosperity. In view of the forward progress we have made in morals, and other sal utary conditions, can each man feel that he wants to return to the saloon? Will there not be more drinking? Will there not be a larger waste of money? Will there not be a larger corruption of morals both public and private? And that at a time when our state as a whole, has made a mighty step for ward in this direction. If, as many say this question has no standing or importance, why will it not down? Though beaten again and again it has been brought up contin , uously, not politically, not in one sec tion of the country, but all over our broad land? The only explanation is that it affects our very vitals, it is at the bottom of all true safety and ; business success. No one wants a ; drunkard in his employ, and yet we are about to return to the wholesale i manufacture of them again. The open saloon I believe, is the greatest obstacla to religion and the progress of our churches. This is in fact the occasion of this communica tion. Were it simply a moral or po litical question I would prefer to throw the responsibility upon the citizens—tho’ I claim the rights of a citizen, when, according to my own conscience, I think best to exercise them. I have not been influenced to this action by any party or person. In fact no other person knows of my in tention to pen this article. Has not the ti e come for Christian men and moral men to set their faces for a bet ter public sentiment? Has any Christ ian felt that he has done that which honors his Lord and helped his fel low men by putting his name to that petition for license? If not, then take your name off. What is the use of trying to build up the cause of morals and right liv ing with one hand, if with the other, we pour that upon it which burns more furiously than oil—and that hand which does the pouring the right hand rather than the left. Yours respectfully, Lee H. Richardson. SPENT HONEYMOON HERE. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Settle spent a pleasant honeymoon of several days in this city and left on the noon train Friday for their new home in Little Rock, where the groom is practicing law being a partner of Judge T. J. Oliphant. The newly-wed are nice looking young people and we hope their lives may be cast in pleasant places. The bride waB formerly Miss Georgia Crow of Searcy, and the wedding took place in the Methodist church of that city, the service being said by Rev. P. R. Knickerbocker RA GES RELEASED. J. Rages, the negro charged with breaking into the residence of M. W. Burkett, was released Friday after noon, when arraigned before Justice G. L. Robinson. The defendant was charged with petit larceny, but the prosecution failed to file a bond for costs. G. L. Grant appeared as at torney for the defendant. I u I iLBUiirwmmr m i—i—n i ■■■■w m iiwii ■■■—w—11—rmr-m-— STATE ENCAMPMENT PROBABLE. Major General W. H. Haynes, who also won the title of colonel in the Confederate service was here Friday on his return to Little Rock from Batesville. A more interesting talker than the doughty commander of the Arkansas State Guard seldom visits Newport and to talk with him is al ways a pleasure. Major Haynes has done a great work for the state milit ia, having organized 30 companies in the different towns of the state and this military force is to be increased by two troops of cavalry. He also interested himself in what is known as the Dick bill, which has already passed the national house and is ready for final reading by the sen ate. He was instrumental in the framing of this measure, which has been taken up by the administration and is certain to become an enact ment, when congress convenes this December. Under this bill, the mil itia is provided for like the regular army and when called out for en campments, transportation and other expenses are paid for by the govern ment and the members receive the same pay as the regular army. Major Haynes is looking ahead to a state encampment next July to be held in Little Rock and is hopeful that it may be made an event of general state interest. COAL! COAL!! COAL!!! Call 21-2 rings and leave your order for coal. Full weight and prompt de livery. M. K. Upshaw. Nice kisses at Huffman’s. We want you to inspect our new stock before laying in your fall sup plies. Our goods are all right and our prices must be the lowest. Chas. Meyers’ Great Bargain Store. 125btf Colonel Geo. W Murphy, attorney general, who was to have addressed the Confederate reunion at Batesville Friday was physically unable to at tend, aside from pressing duties in his | office.