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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-
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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
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
Maine has forty-six AND NO SA
Rhode Island has 26,000 more fam
ilies than dwelling houses — and the
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
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
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.
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