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THE PUBLIC WEAL
VOL. XI Supreme Court Claps on the Lid. Things are coming our way fast. | The last evidence of this fact (we reserve the right, however, to stop the press and record any still better news J that may arrive) has been furnished by the state supreme court which, on| the 7th inst., handed down a decision which claps the lid on every munici pality in the state, whether public sentiment approves or disapproves. The laws of the state regarding the saloon must be obeyed. For failure to enforce them or refusal to prose cute offenders when complaint is made, the mayor or other executive of any city, town or village is liable to lose REV. BENNETT ERICKSON, Cambridge. his official head and to pay from SIOO to SSOO in addition. The attorney general is the chief law officer of the I state, the court holds,- and In his hands lies the enforcement of all state laws, including the liquor laws, in spite of any contrary provision of city charters and ordinances. The case I came from St. Cloud where Mayor Robinson, before whom complaint was made of the sale of liquor on Sunday, refused to enforce the law prohibiting the same. Legal proceedings were instituted to oust him from office for neglect of duty. He demurred to the complaint, denying the authority of the attorney general, to whom com plaint was made and who brought the proceedings. Mayor Robinson held that authority to remove him from office lay only with the council. The enforcement of the liquor laws and the bringing of prosecutions under them, he contended, rested with the county attorney. The St. Paul police commission lost no time in catching onto the meaning of this decision. It appeared in the Friday evening papers. A special meeting of the commission was called for Saturday forenoon and unanimous action was taken to close the Sunday saloon thereafter. Therein the com mission showed its wisdom, for into Saturday forenoon’s mail had gone an invitation by the Ramsey County Pro hibition Committee to Prohibitionists and other good citizens to meet on Tuesday evening to consider, among other things, steps looking toward the same end. The lid was on over Sunday good and plenty. Bar tenders were not even allowed to open up in order to clean out their establishments. As a result the wagon did not leave the Central police station barn between four o’clock Saturday afternoon and nine o’clock Sunday night, when three “drunks” returning from South 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. As we go to press we have 1967 new subscribers of the 5000 whom we seek, Will you Be or Get No. 1968? MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, MINN., JUNE, 1907. St. Paul were brought in. On Mon day morning there were only 23 new cases of all kinds before the police court as against 38 the Monday be fore and 72 two weeks before. The dailies take the situation vari-l ously. The St. Paul Dispatch makes a silly protest against conferring so much power upon the attorney gen eral in opposition in some cases to the public will. It alleges the notori ous failure of liquor laws where not sustained by public opinion. One can hardly help inquiring whether it is public opinion at St. Cloud which will now clap on the lid or the wise de cision of the supreme court and the official action of a fearless attorney general. The Minneapolis Tribune does not I see how any court could have reached | any other conclusion and thinks the decision demonstrates the ease with which new laws can be enforced if people only take the trouble. This sounds very much like what Prohibi tionists have been saying for some decades past. The Tribune also de clares that this method might have been pursued at any time heretofore and that it is superior to “sensational political campaigns” which somq pre fer to make “for the election of may ors who would enforce the laws with out compulsion.” This, of course, is a stab at Mayor Jones’ campaign and a sort of a defense of the Tribune’s; shameful part in that contest. The Minneapolis Journal notes that the office of attorney general “may come into possession of a man who will not exercise his power and will let things revert to the old plan; but such a man would not last long with the people of Minnesota.” It also says, “Enforcement of the Sunday law is one of those questions which will never be settled until it is settled right.” The same may be said with equal truth of the entire saloon is sue. F. W. NESBITT, Cambridge, THE TIME TO STRIKE. With the church solidly against the liquor trade, the courts declaring the whole business illegal and unconstitu tional, labor and industry barring the drinker, the daily and weekly secular press as well as many of the political leaders of the day thundering against it —why should not this be the historic hour, the psychological moment for the union of all the enemies of the drink-curse in one great definite pol itical movement to strike the whole I business its death blow ? THIS IS "IT.” Five Fourth of July finely embossed Post Cards, In red, white, blue and gilt, to each new, self - pay i ngsubscrlber. AND five cards NOW for a NICKEL to who ever will TRY— Just TRY-rto get us even a FEW new subscribers. AND each per son who accepts this offer will *l*o receive FIVE ADDITIONAL Fourth of July Cards (or others If preferred) for each, new i»®£~ paying subscription which he secures be fore July 4th. Arnold Leads Isanti to Victory. The saloon element has again crossed swords with the temperance people of Isanti county and gone down ingloriously to defeat. The month just passed has seen a desperate attempt by the saloon keepers and the breweries which stand behind them to gain a foot hold in this county from which it would have been very difficult if hot impossible to dislodge them. They petitioned the county commissioners to grant them a license for a saloon at Grandy, a small town five miles north of Cambridge, the no-license county seat. The report was current that they had secured at least three W. J. ARNOLD, Prohibition Singer and Lecturer. of the five county commissioners’ con sent to such a license, and that they therefore felt sure of victory. This report, however, spurred the temperance people on to battle with such good result that when the com missioners met on the 16th of May to vote on the question of granting or not granting this license, all of the board, without exception, voted against the proposition, thereby put ting the enemy to rout The effort of the saloonkeepers to establish themselves somewhere in the vicinity of Cambridge was made, without doubt, simply in spite, be cause of the defeat they sustained in the Spring election when the village went dry by a majority of three. They first tried to locate just beyond the village boundary line by negotiating for an acre of land from a farmer, but when the owner of the land heard that it was the intention of the buyers to use his property as a site for a saloon building and beer garden he called the deal off. Casting about for another place where they could pursue the drunkard-making business, they decided on Grandy which is not an incorporated village and therefore under the jurisdiction of the county commissioners. They secured an op tion on a store building centrally lo cated in the town and filed a petition with the county auditor asking to be granted a license for selling intoxicat ing liquors. When the Grandy people became aware of the saloonkeepers’ Inten tion, they did not seem to take very kindly to the idea. Instead of stand ing ready to welcome them with open arms, they, in fact, began to protest against their coming and to protest so loudly that it was heard over the whole county. Plans for a campaign were laid with Mr. J. W. Arnold, the colored lecturer from Anoka, who travels in the ser vice of the Prohibition party. Mr. Arnold was induced to stay in the county and act as general of the cam paign until the war was over. He is an active, earnest worker, an able speaker and a good singer who al- ways draws a crowd and no better outside help could have been secured. Mass meetings were arranged for in Grandy, Cambridge and other places contiguous to the battle ground and the help of the local pastors of the different churches was secured. Rev. Bennett Erickson of the Baptist Church, and Rev. J. H. Nelson, of the Lutheran church, Cambridge, acted as special aides to Mr. Arnold and work ed indefatigably for the victory. They were also ably assisted by Mr. F. W. Nesbitt, the president of the Isanti County Law Enforcement and Tem perance League. The battle opened by a rousing mass-meeting in Grandy, April 30, led by Mr. Erick Beckman, a prominent merchant of that place. The church building in which the meeting was held was crowded to the doors. A large party from Cambridge was pres ent. Earnest speeches were made by Revs. P. Ryden, J. H. Nelson, B. Erickson and C. L. Wallman of Cam bridge; Rev. C. A. Berg of Stanch field and Messrs. J. W. Arnold and F. W. Nesbitt. Petitions asking the county com missioners to refuse the requested license were signed by all the Grandy residents present and the farmers liv ing close by before the meeting ad journed. On Sunday, the 12th of May, Mr. Arnold and C. L. Wallman, the editor of the North Star, the Swedish weekly published in Cambridge which had in its columns earnestly advised the peo ple to protest against the saloon evil, made a trip to the adjacent towns of Dalbo, Spring Vale and Wyanett, spoke to large crowds of people and arranged for the circulation of peti tions to the county commissioners, They were cordially received at every place and found that the people every where were aroused and ready to fight. They returned to Cambridge the same day and assisted at a large REV. J. H. NELSON, Cambridge. mass-meeting in the court house in the evening, arranged for beforehand. This was the best attended meeting of the kind ever held in that halL Standing room only was at a pre mium. The speech of the evening was made by Mr. Arnold who showed very forcibly that the attempted es tablishment of a saloon at Grandy was not only a fight against temperance but an attempt by the saloon to tram (Continued on page 3.) 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