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THE PUBLIC WEAL
VOL. XI Prohibition and County Option Bills Killed. The Two Big License Parlies, True lo Their Record, Bury Both Bills in the Same Grave. Lieut. Gov. Eberhard’s “Square Deal. Splendid Record oi Prohibition Legislators. On the 24th ult. the corpse of the County Option bill, which had been slain a couple of weeks before in the Senate, was dragged to the floor of the House, a noisy wake was held around the remains and the cadaver was finally tagged “Requiescat in pace.” The procedure was as follows: Mr. Rachie, formerly a party Pro hibitionist, who had introduced the measure, moved that it be recalled from the Temperance committee. A debate lasting an hour followed, in which little of interest was added to the previous discussions. Mr. Hig gins seemed to make substantial head way against the opposition by stating that he believed that a bill given to a committee should be reported upon and not be stuck into a pigeon-hole; that if the committee were against the bill it was the business of the com mittee to report it out for death; that if the committee were in favor of the bill, it should recommend its passage; that if the subject matter of the bill was too intricate or the committee too obtuse to come to any decision on it at all, it should report it back to the House without recommendation. A member with an extensive girth fol lowed with a characteristic oration in which he stated that he had been so drunk that he had to hang on the grass to keep from rolling off the earth, but that he agreed with Mr. Higgins that a committee ought to report, and that if it would not report the proper thing was to take the bill out of its hands; and that while he was against the bill from beginning to end, he should vote “Aye” on the question of recalling it from the Committee. Roll call was demanded on the question and 55 members voted to take the bill out of the hands of the commit tees and 60 members opposed it, which rang down the curtain on the final act of the assassination of the meas ure for which the people of Minne sota had expressed a more earnest desire than for almost any other. Would Win by Stealth. Having defeated county option, the liquorites have introduced a bill which would enable them to win back most of the villages and cities which have gone dry. The gain in dry ter ritory has seriously interefered with the liquor trade, and House File No. 142 and Senate File of the same num ber provide that in the future local option elections may be held without any public notice. This is startling. The whole weight of the bill is to the great advantage of the liquor element. Prohibition can never be won except by appealing to the reason, judgment and patriotism of the people; hence public meetings, literature, facts and figures. The whiskey people never hold a meeting or distribute literature, but do all their fighting under cover, and the greater secrecy the better for them. From present indications the history of this Legislature will be that it not only de feated the County Option bill, as its predecessors for years have done, but in addition has emasculated the pres ent local option law. The bill alluded to has passed the Senate. Every lover of fair play will see and resent this covert assault on a square deal. Clerical Offices Non-Partisan. House File No. 494, introduced by T. E. Noble of Freeborn county, Pro hibitionist, provides that all clerical of fices such as auditor, treasurer, reg- If this item is marked with a blue pencil your subscription has been paid for one year by yourself or a friend. It will be marked but once. If you desire that your paper shall stop at the expiration of the time paid for, advise us to that ef fect and your direction will be entered upon our mailing list. MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, MINN. APRIL, 1907. ister of deeds, superintendent of schools and surveyor shall be abso lutely non-partisan. Nominees there for shall pay the usual fees but shall not declare party affiliation, and the name of each candidate shall appear on the primary ballots of all political parties, and after his name shall be no party designation. Heretofore, a man desiring a county office could get under the dominant party tent for auditor, for instance, even though he was densely ignorant. This bill would improve the clerical service of the county. But it has been referred back to the author by the committee, which probably means its defeat. But this is not certain. Thus Endeth. Mr. Higgins on the Ist inst. intro duced a bill for a constitutional amend ment, and it was referred, at his re quest, to the Elections committee. The text of the amendment reads as fol lows: “The manufacture, sale or transportation of alcoholic liquors within the State of Minnesota for beverage purposes shall be prohibited forever after January 1, 1910. The Legislature first convening after the adoption hereof shall enact appropriate legislation for the carrying out of the provisions of this section, subject to amendment or alteration by subse quent legislatures.” The committee promptly recom mended that the bill be indefinitely postponed. Messrs. Higgins, Timber lake and Wells presented a minority report recommending the passage of the bill. Mr. Lobeck urged total pro hibition as the only solution of the saloon problem. Mr. Higgins asked that the people be allowed to settle the issue. Messrs. Hicks, Lennon and Tighe opposed the bill. The vote be ing taken, the bill was defeated by a vote of 57 to 38. This is what most of the Christian citizens of Minnesota are voting for and the license parties are faithfully delivering the goods. Was It a Square Deal? The vote of eight to one in the committee and 37 to 22 in the Senate against the County Option bill is hay ing an opposite effect upon the public and upon the legislature. Editorial opinion is vigorously expressed by many of the independent papers to the effect that an 8 to 1 committee on a question concerning which there was as much general interest as on County Option, was no more accident; that our Christian Lieutenant Governor who had definitely promised to ap point a Temperance committee that would give the County Option bill fair treatment indulged himself in one of those political fairy tales that the people have seemingly enjoyed for so many years; that the Committee it self was under the direct control of the “machine” as was the power that constituted it and that the action of the committee was pre-determined be fore the Legislature convened. The effect on the legislature, on the other hand, is to embolden them in their hostility to all legislation against the liquor traffic. The memory of the vigor of the campaign just passed has not entirely escaped them, so that a large number of members, have busied themselves in presenting some bills aimed at the “trade” This will be a beautiful story for them to tell to the preachers and “good people”, and will be an effective offset against a bad record on roll-calls. A Dangerous Bill Killed. Early in the session, one of those nice members who in some way seem to be always at command for the dirty work of the liquor traffic introduced a bill providing that malt up to 2 per Continued on page 3. Billy Sunday at Kankakee. The Celebrated Pitcher Talks of Necks vs. Sirloins. Cut Out the Booze and Boom the Dry Goods Market. “There is three times as much money spent for liquor in one year as u*e value of all the gold and silver produced in the world. There is four times as much money spent for liquor as is embraced in all the national bank stock in the world; and yet you vote to license the damnable business. We spent ten times more money in drink than was paid in soldier’s pensions. “They tell you that there is over production, but I tell you that there is under-consumption, and because so much money is spent on drink.” Then Mr. Sunday went into an il lustration. “I am old John, the drunkard,” he said. “I have been spending most of my wages at the sa loons for whisky that cost the man ufacturer 20 cents a gallon and me, $4.00 per gallon. But now I have cut it out. All the drunkards and whisky and beer suckers of the country have quit. I head the procession for the butcher shop on Saturday night. The butcher says to me, ‘‘What will you have, old John, piece of the neck as usual?” “Not much,” I say. “You can’t give it to me in the neck any longer. I’ll take a tenderloin steak for sup per and a sirloin roast for our Sunday dinner.” And I take them, and so do the other fellows. Then the butcher says, “I am out; haven’t got any more tenderloin and sirloins.” He goes to the telephone and calls up the pack ing house and orders them to hurry up a lot of their best cuts. They say, “Why, what’s the matter down there?” and the butcher says, ‘Oh, Bill Sun day’s got all the fellows converted and the whole push is on the water wagon. Hurry up your roasts.” But the crowd keeps coming up, these fel lows who have been spending hun dreds of millions for drink, and after a while the wholesalers say, “You’ll have to send to Chicago if you want any more of the best cuts.” Then the butcher calls up Chicago. “Hello, Ar mour! hello, Swift! hello, Morris! send down a train load of beef, and send it quick. Put on four locomo tives, two before to pull and two be hind to push.” “Why, what’s the matter down there at Kankakee?” “Matter? Matter? A fellow by the name of Bill Sunday’s down here from Chicago and he’s got all the whisky fellows on the water wagon.” “Then I go home —and, mind you, I’m old John, the drunkard, but I’ve cut out the booze. The children say, “Did you bring some meat?” “Yes, I have brought some tenderloins and sirloins,” “What’s them, pa? We never heard of them before? Can you eat them?” “Eat them? Well, I should say.” “Then why didn’t you bring them before?” “Because I’ve been feeding them to that old pot-bellied whisky seller down there and letting you children eat neck. But I’ve been an old fool long enough. We’re going to eat some roast at our home now.” “Mind you, I’m old John, the drunk ard, but I’ve quit, and so have all the rest of the push.” Then my wife says, “I wish you would go to the dry goods store and get some cloth, for I have patched Jimmy’s pants until they look like a map of the United States.” And I go and all the fellows who have been spending hundreds of millions for drink go with me, and we order goods until they have to telegraph to Mar shall Field’s and Marshall Field has to telegraph to Fall River for more goods. And then the cotton manufac turers to Arkansas and Texas to plant more cotton, for all the old whisky bums and the young whisky bums in the country have cut out the booze and got on the water wagon, and there is no supplying their demand for goods.” “My wife says, ‘Can’t you get us a little flour? I’ve fed the children on Prosperous Prohibition Maine. Clinton N. Howard Gives the Defenders of License some Hard Nuts to Crack. Prohibition Spells Prosperity. Maine is the only state east of the Mississippi river that has more home owners than home renters; and Pro hibition Maine has thirty-six per cent more owners than renters. To every one hundred families: New York has seventeen-clear home owners, and the saloon. Massachusetts has eighteen, and the saloon. Connecticut has nineteen, and the saloon. Maine has forty-six AND NO SA LOON. Rhode Island has 26,000 more fam ilies than dwelling houses — and the saloon. Connecticut has 43,000; Massachus etts 162,000; Maine has only 14,000. It may be said they differ in popu lation; and they do. Rhode Island has 266,000 less than Maine. Connecticut has twenty-nine per cent more people and three hundred per cent more houseless families. Massachusetts has four times more population and eleven and one-half times more houseless families. New York has ten and one-half times more people and forty-two times more houseless families than Maine without the saloon. Prohibition Means Homes for The People. It means children out of the factory and mill and in the public school. Without one dollar of revenue from the saloon Maine has a larger per centage of the total population in the public school than any other of the New England states, or than New York with its twenty million dollars of revenue from the saloon; and more teachers employed in proportion to her school population than any other state in the Union. An immoral party can never be trusted with the enforcement of a moral law. Maine needs a clean state party that is not mortgaged to the saloon in national politics. The marvel is that it is as good as it is. shorts long enough.’ “Then we all go to the grocery and begin to order flour, and they telegraph to Chicago for more flour, and Chicago telegraphs to the Pillsburys and Crosbys and they send word to the farmers in Minne sota and the Dakotas saying, ‘Sow wheat! Sow wheat! Sow wheat!” They sow wheat and here they come, “Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves.” Billy was walking up and down the platform singing this, looking like a farmer in his shirt sleeves, and the 3,000 men were shouting until they almost raised the roof, while many sprang to their feet and waved their handkerchiefs. Such an impression is seldom witnessed among men. It was worth going a hundred miles to see. The language, however, was much stronger than appears in this report, and the acting and wit and humor were beyond all description. WILL YOU COUNT ONE? If you are not a subscriber to The Public Weal, we greatly desire to receive your name THIS MONTH so that It will COUNT ONE toward the 1000 new subscrip tions which we are after THIS MONTH. You need the news of the Prohibition fight, which Is getting hotter every day. We need your quarter. Five Beautiful Twin City Post Cards Free. WILL YOU COUNT ONE? 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