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THE PUBLIC WEAL
VOL. XII Throttle the Anarchists! This is the way in which Rev. Dr. D. J. Burrell of the Collegiate Re- | formed Church, New York City, looks I at the practicability of enforceing pro hibition law. Dr. Burrell was formerly pastor of Westminister Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis. He says: “It is objected also that Prohibition does not prohibit. “If this means that it does not wholly prevent the use of intoxicating C liquors, the point is well taken; but a c like objection can lie made against o everv one. of the Ten Commandments. It is quite safe to say that the laws I forbidding the sale of intoxicating i liquor are as well enforced as those against theft, murder and adultery. And we venture to suggest that the failure r of the latter laws to prevent the vices f they aie aimed at is no good reason f for displacing them to make way for < pertinent license laws. \ “It is an amazing thing, in view of i the facts, «tliat thoughtful men should 1 ever permit themselves to echo this \ worn-out and wearisome cuckoo-call, •Prohibition does not prohibit!’ In i 1850, the year before the Maine Law was passed, a million gallons of rum were distilled in that State, there was one grog-shop for every 225 inhabit ants, and the expenditure for liquor was twenty dollars per capita. To day there is not a brewery or distillery in Maine nor a single open bar, and the consumption of liquor, while not absolutely cut off, has been reduced from twenty dollars to fifteen cents per capita! Such figures could be multiplied indefinitely; and they would seem to be rather convincing. And tell us, pray, why the liquor deal ers of the entire country are vocifer ously opposed to the enactment of Prohibitory laws? “But suppose Prohibition did not prohibit, where would the blame lie? At the door of. the makers and venders of intoxicating drink. In other words, these people are arrayed against the law. That, in America, is lese majesty. The rum traffic is the most concrete form of anarchy in our country today. The cry raised in the Haymarket in Chicago bv a group of foreign anarch ists was ‘Throttle the Law!’ and it was answered by the death-sentence. The wav to deal with those who con spire to defeat the end of government is not to temporize, nor to compro mise, but to throttle those who pro pose to ‘throttle the law.’ ” SALOON LICENSE NOT WITHIN STATES POLICE POWER. The saloon, which has been repeat edly held to be the prime source of all crime, has no right to exist at common la>v, and the license which grants it the privilege is not a re strictive measure, but it is the grant ing of a right which heretofore did not exist. 1 am therefore of the opinion that a law creating a business dangerous to public morals, to public safety, to public peace, to public health, is not within the police power of the state. —From Decision of Judge Ira W. Christian, Hamilton County (Ind.) Circuit Court, April 13, 1907. UP TO THE AMEN CORNER. What a rebuke the following is to voters in the church. I have it from one of the Baptist pastors of this city, Mr. McGinnis, who ran on the Prohibition ticket for congressman. He was approached by a man (luring the campaign who said "The whole rum business is bad, it. ought to go; and when the Amen Corner of the body politic votes go, it will go. 1 shall vote for you.” And this man a non Christian and a Democrat I The mail brings to this office many cheering words along with hidpful quar ters vs'o’U lot Rev John Benz., or Glad brook. lowa, pronounce the benediction on The Public Weal. (Te does it In these words: "Any number of The Put,lie Weal contains enough material for i good strong Prohibition address or ser mon.” The People: There are three kinds of lies mere lies, infernal lies and beer ad vertisements. MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL MINN., APRIL, 1908 Our Paper a Weekly The heat, of the battle is increasing. The great. Minnesota Leg.slative Campaign of 1908 is getting grandly under way. Our comrades must be in closer touch with each other. Monthly communication will no longer meet our need. Hence this announcement which it gives us much joy to make. Minnesota and South Dakota Join Forces Both Minnesota ahd South Dakota greatly needed and desired a week.y. Neither committee could well publish one alone. The Public Weal had been published eleven years and had a fire list of subscribrs. The Beacon Light, published by the South Dakota State Prohibition Committee, had, beside an excellent subscription list, a good printing plant at Brookings, and was housed within a substantial two-story brick buPding in the heart of Brookings, which building is owned by the Prohibitionists of South Dakota and also serves as their State Headquarters. "And so they got married.” A power press and folding machine are now being added to the plant. “The Northwestern Patriot*’ This is the appropriate name of the “combine." It is a name full oi inspir at.ion and calls for heroism. It will be edited by Quincy Lee Morrow and George F. Wells. Mr. Morrow has been the editor of the Beacon Light. He is also the Secretary o. me South Dakota State Committee and is a forceful speaker and keen write,. Its size will be the same as that of The Public Weal The price will be 50 cents a year. Our subscribers will thus receive four times as many papers as now for only twice the present subscription price. CREDITS Those subscribers who are now paid to any advance date vmL receive*twice as many COPIES as they have paid for That to. ttey wUI re coive the WEEKLY half as long as they have paid in advance for the O . t v if a subscriber is now paid, for instance, six months in advance, he will revive WeWe nSmblrs o” the Ucekly.. This liberal treatment will CMtu. a pood deal of money but we propose to shew our appreciation of the thoug i tulness and ,°yalty of oor “SV"’ for their paper for WE WILL RECEIVE CLUBS o"f FOU P R OR MORE SUBSCRIPTIONS. NEW OR OLD, AT ONLY 25 CENTS EACH! , . We hope and expect that a large share of our list will come m m clubs of four or more at the 25 cent rate. All naoers will hereafter stop at expiration unless renewed and very soon these U Chang... We are pertain tney will please oor subscribers. Offices will be maintained at 803 Sykes Blk., Minneapolis andßrookings S D.. the latter place appearing first in our date line as required by aw. since the paper will be printed and mailed from there. The Lasl Number This is the last number of The Public Weal under that name Out in May The first number of THE NORTHWESTERN PATRIOT will appear early in May. And Now It’s Up lo You uporMt wemT"nc/fer our confidence in .he loyalty e< cur noble men and women to the e"terpnse. , ess than 15 , 00 0 subscribers. OUR The new paper will s LIST UP TO 25,000 at the earliest pos- FIRST AIM WILL BE TO RUN THE ; o U t J e T ° e "“ s of bgsi „e S s yen S’* ?o a 'say nothing of •!>»' sreat benefit that will result t. tr.e party and , “““'hi. is entirely m’any Tubs' elTn."twenty I and‘ h R«W &0 SB? SALOON-HATING YOUNG PEOPLE AND BOYu each |y BE ;So T ne in th N e ne C x L t te°n d T a E y N s. before the appearance of the FIRST ISSUE OF THE NEV, PAPER. ISerearler The Editors Size Price Stops at Expiration Our Two Offices A Governor’s Opinion In the following plaia words Gov ernor Dawson of West Virginia pic tured the saloon in its true colors in his Memorial day address delivered last May at Grafton: Do men talk of graft? It is the saloon that furnishes the scene and atmosphere where bribery is easy and secure from interference. "Do men deplore the rule of corrupt political bosses? It is the saloon that rallies the mass of venal and unpatri otic voters who constitute the phalanx of the bosses’ power. “Has crime become rampant on the street s’’ The saloon is the refuge of the criminals. "Does vice seek protection? Tne saloon effects the arrangement with the policemen who are familiar with its dark secrets and comrades of its debased fraternity. "Do gamblers wish to ply their de moralizing trade among the young? The saloon affords them not only the shield, but brings them the susceptible patronage of inexperienced youths. “Is there a movement afoot for any measure of civic betterment’ Its op ponents foregather in the saloon, and if any chicanery can beat the better will of the majority, the fraud will be devised in the saloon. "These are no wild charges from crazed fanaticism, but a statement of conditions that can be demonstrated out of any year’s history in any Ameri can municipality of importance.” The word should Le passed down the line to the humble worker in the ranks, to put the emphasis on the fact that we can elect men to office, that it has been done and can bo done to a far greater extent in the neai future. We should have done with any plans or methods which help to make peo ple believe that we are a church or ganization and hence do not care for recruits who are not identified with the church. Wherever there is a specially good chance to elect some Prohibition party candidate, outside help should be given, for every man elected becomes !an object lesson as to the practlca , bility of our method. —Oliver ! Stewart. MANY TEMPERATE GERMANS Thousands of the best German-Ameri cans in the United States are earnest and enthusiastic Prohibitionists and evi dence is rapidly accumulating that the boast of the brewer that he represents German sentiment is a gratuitous slander upon a large part of the German people who now live in America. Prof. J. G. Evert of Hillsboro College, Kansas, the author of widely-circiuated temperance and prohibition literature in the German language, says upon this point: "That Lue so-called German American alliance only represents the irreligious and brewery-dominated among the Ger man people and not the law-abiding and Christian Germans is easily proved by the fact that the. German official church papers of all the different denominations with a single exception take fully as positive a stand in favor of Sunday-clos | ing and abolition of federal nullification of state prohibition laws under the cloak of interstate commerce regulations as the I English-speaking churches do.” THE ANARCHISTIC SALOON. In an address at Omaha. Neb.. Decem ber 1, Governor Hoch of Kansas asserted that half a million citizens of Kansas had never seen a saloon and concluded “The liquor traffic is doomed. Not one good word can be said for it. It is an anarchist everywhere it exists. In spite of laws requiring Sunday closing liquoi still can be obtained on Sunday. Every law passed to regulate it is violated. The time is coming when the people will con sider the licensed saloon as bad ns numan slavery.” "The Lieutenant Governor, it will be remembered, appointed a Temper ance committee in the last Senate.” — Northfield, Minn. News. A what committee? 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