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Crime in Cincinnati , ; . ;
Extract of a Sermon preached in the
First Congregational Church, July
24, by; Rav. ' A. ' A. 1 Lrv hmORE,
Pastor.j ;-..'.' - :;" " ' ,
"But the specific king's evil In this
matter alrdmpranet. .Where there
are from one thousand to fifteen hun
dred misnamed coffee houses for no
coffee is known there in axity of this
size, and they are well enough patron
ized to be kept up, that there should
be crimes; of all descriptions, and of
endless amount , ia as natural as the
night when the sun sets. All other
causes might be in rigorous applica
tion to stay human passion, but if this
were let loose H would be more than a
match for them all., i These shops are
tho slaughter-houses of young men.
It is in vain to say that men would
drink at aU events:- they are tempted
to drink twice as much and twice as
often by the importuning frequency of
these places at every corner walk in.
They are Jkept by a class of men
who have sunk below the jurisdiction
of any public. opinion, except 'that of
the wretched victims who haunt their
purlieus. A murder in one 1 of these
places does not stagger its reputation!
perhaps it gives it effect and piquancy.
Many are involved in the responsibil
ity of an extensive' intemperance in
the community; the manufacturer, the
moderate drinker, the owner of prop
erty rented for the traffic in spirituous
drinks, but the men who carry on the
retail business are in general destitute
of any but the short and selfish pur
pose of making as much money as
they can, no matter if it is coined out
of the tears of the widow ant) the por
tion of the orphan. Nothing but law
the Maine Law if it can be enacted
can arrest these Burkers of the poor
and the ignorant, the young and the
gay. And when, as during the pre
sent year, taxes have risen to 918 50
on a thousand, good portion of which
has gone to 1 pay for pauperism and
crime, created by spirituous liquors,:
many formerly opposed will begin to
think more frequently of a law which,
wherever it has been' nbnorably'car
ried out, has diminished to an incred
ible extent these sluice-ways of public
expenditure. Intemperance has reach-,
ed in this community, too deep a, hold
to be loosened by any such rose-water
applications as the introduction, of
native wines. . The American charac
ter will go to the extent in drinking as
in every thing else. Those whose ap
petites are up to gin, whisky and
brandy will not soften down to Ca
tawba. The habit is not from more
to less, but from less to more.
It is no objection to a law of total
prohibition to say that it cannot be
executed for neither can your laws
against other crimes and offenses be
enforced, as you know from constant
experience, except very imperfectly.
A great city will always be a great 1
moral anomaly, bat that is no reason
why the country at large should noi
have good laws where they can be exe
cuted, and where the -experience of sit
States testifies, they Work 'a boundless
benefit to every Interest of the com
munity, both material and moral - At
least we are at the bottom of the ditch
now, let an experiment not be refused
to, try something better. We can
scaroely imagine i; aWorse state " 6
thingi than now exists We bought to
have , some courageous enough to dare
even a critical operation; rather than
have the present butchery of the souls
and bodies of men go on.r .vi t-
Bat, dark .as , tho present is, there
is signs of hope.' r The . battle la' not
lost, t Individuals may be mown down
but society is eternal. There are
agencies at work which will yet re
cover . us bur " oTder ' and our good
name. . But every citizen, every good
man, .woman and child,' whether
standing on a high or ' low place,1 has
something to do, and can do it, to stay
the present alarming increase of dis
order and ruffianism in: this fcommu.
pity. .In Union there1 is strength.
There ,is," there ' must be 'Christian
sentiment 1 and ' principle enough' In
Cincinnati to reform the horrible
prevalence of. drunkenness, gnomes
broken up, wives and children in dan
ger and despaijvyomhs' ruined even
before they enter life, and the pros
perity and jnorals of a whole city ly
ing at the beck and mercy of the traf
ficers, jn ardent spirits. God help iis
not to destroy at its birth the fair
hope of a virtuous and' law-abiding
Christian state, by a deluge of crimes
and vices. For we end as we begun,1
Except the Lord build the house,
they labor in vain that build it, except
the Lord keep the city, the watchman
walketh but in vain.' " - -
Cincinnati, Commercial.
One of the last week's issues of
this paper contains quite a lengthy
article on the "Temperance, move
ment." i The Editor, after referring to
the "ruinous effects pf intemperance
on the physical, moral and intellectual
condition of its victims,' says : "In
applying a specific remedy or pre?
venuve of social disorders, , we : are.U
boiind to consider, besides minor and
subordinate points, two, materja que
tions. , 1st. Is. tiie proposed measure
tuitable to the actual, condition, and
circumstances olj tie. .community to
which itis towf. appUe J, fcxj Cap
it, if a Legislative enactment be exe
cuted ia practice ?" ' ' ",yy
. ' In relation to the first interrogatory,
the Editor appears to think that the
Maint Law would not, be "suitable in
this State. ' It is well enough that he, ,
and all others, should, discuss closely
the merits of this law, for it is the first
trial of a great' experiment., .But.does
he not yet understand that the fiends
pf the movement do not insist upon a
rigid enactment "of this "specific law ?"
What they desire is, to have a strin
gent and efficient prohibitory law, one
that will sweep from our State every
vestige of the liquor traffic, But he
rather inclines to the opinion that any
prohibitory law would not be twialle,
from the fact that the interests of a
certain 'class of poor people are iden
tified with thf. manufacture, of wine.
This wine business appears to be the
"sticking' point'' with, a very many..
Bat fa the name of 'common sense,"
are there not. as, many poor, people
wosejirteyesta ,.,, connected! with
the ijcufocturo o whlkyv and all
other kinds oUiqucrr, as, ;WjUJh wins,?
"We 'have W hesitation. jiRfi that
mere are more -, iur wtauueuca u
other manufaetories of ardent spirit
have1 long, been in operation, An our
State, and.; their dependantsnave be
come very numerous, whi)a the wine
making business is just growing into
existence- and its dependants are com
paratively ' limited. Then why not
arrest this growing evil before it be
i conies formidable ? i Moreover; a law
would be very unequal in its opera
tion, th at would driye every other kind
of liquor from the State and leave wine
remaining; because the .poor laborer in
just as fond of. his glass of whisky, at
S cents, as the rich nabob is of his
bottle of "sparkling catawba," at
81,25. And such a half-way, law
would cut off the poor man's Jiquor
resources entirely..,' But , still ; these
" questions' in comparison with. ,7the
gVea' one, are 1 of minor ( importance.
Does the Editor of the Commercial"
pretend to. offset the interests, of. a f&n
pxr,gainsij tlje deadly, and. damning
ravages of, intoxicating liqupia in -our
land ?. Would?' it j not j be Infinitely
better and cheaper for our State, even
td appropriate to thisppprclass.a pe
cumary relief sufficient to, indemnify
them for the loss1 they would sustain
by the suppression of their business f
Most assuredly it would. 1 1 -"' '' "r
But his second fundamental ques
tion is, whether such a law could be
"executed in : practice ? And' hie
seems to think hot, effectually, in this
city. ; Well," now Buppose a gang of
land pirates were infesting our State,
and committing unmerciful depreda
tions upon the people and their pro
perty," could our laws be executed
againsithem ? We mistrust if they
could riot, a still stronger. instrumen
tality would be, very soon; called into
renmsibon. .
1 And y et this traffic, which has swept
away more property and, more jives,
than all' the wars tW havo.,eyri visit
ed this ! country,, ,s lnvtjnerajbjle and,
cannot be touched 'tet ns take.anr
other instance., , ( )Ve will take, tbe pas
of the cdunterfeiter tijat wre recent
ly Arrested in,our:rcity,,,f'rjney jwere,
engaged in an , .nnlawf 0um
in'a peaceable manner, ,'anj jn.an, ob
scure place', decoying no one into the
haunts of ruin, penljog no one's peace
bif life; the emalipjfi,ifiboj4.
ness consisteci oniy'in its encroach
' meats upon the rights ; of. property ;
the1' law"1 against "counterfeiting , was;
maae to an prompuy ana pmcienijy
upon them, and 'they are to bear the
penalty thereof. But grog-shops, the
hell-haunted ornaments of our. city,
are flaring in all their deathly splendor
on every street, catching up our child
ren, ' our ' brothers, our fathers and
friends, and feeding them a poison
that burneth them to death. And yet
our laws can protect the , mi$erable
gaint of this world, can, they . but
can not shield from harm this immor
tal flower, this mind, which , is. not
long to be compassed, even by a my
riad of worlds i.liiei s, , We i do noV
believe' in any such hard ;doctrinfct
We have too exalted an opinion, of ,tle
ditrnity and majesty of the jaws of pur
free country, to- believe ..;thal. aw 9
' f,pance'ea.( annoti .be.enforced,
',awm l Cutoiati'iAtIaa.tji,h " f
It is aaost encouraging to have this
paper ceme out for a law of prohibi
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.ro ; trx
tion in so. bold and manly a manner.
The Editor does not" exactly like the !
Maine Law, but affirms that some se
vere legal measure is necessary? He
goes' for i! in the abscnceOf abetter '
remedy. , This is all right. When a '
more efficient law shall be devised, we
go for it with all our hearts. The
Atlas says :. vi i' -
Th Maine Lmvr and Ita AdTcates. .
,! Tlie "times" of yesterday, bos the
effrontery to say that 'not a single .
paper of this city has come out equi-
the Maine . Lianor Law.
Times." . Qur readers know how false
.Li. J i : , mi . . . ...
ima ueuiiuauon is. . jine "Alias lor
one,1 has repeatedly avowed its con
victions, that the highest wpirnm
our xitV and State -requires a prohibi-
wry., .jaw w ww ;we.- maice" uus ae -
plnrfttinn Mnpnuivftflftllv. fmm ,' mm.
found conviction of its necessity, we :
nave nq uispomnoa io, conceal our oe-
lief that,! in some. Important respects,
the .Maine Law needs, some modifica- .
lion,, in order to its immediate success, ,
an4 to. the.permanenoy of the reform
it may effect. i ' ' "
We are in no wav the lorrran of the
; v o 1
Maine Law leaders ; we express no
body's views but our own ;, we see
and are willing to . acknowledge the ; -,
very grave objections which may be
urged against the proposed law r but
at the same time, so great, so growing
and bo overwhelming are the evils at-
tendant upon tne manuiacture ana sale
of alcoholic drinks. . and so useless
have alt other modes of stopping the
evu proved, mat we are constrameq
tosav f'God speed" to a law which
in. other States has swept paupers;
trom tne poor nouse, leu jaua wiuiout
inmates, restored domestic peace to ; .
the drunkard's fire-side, and covered .
towns , and I cities with unnumbered
blessings. Iiather than have a pro-,
hibitorv law fail in Ohio, we are will
ing even 1 to forego out convictions' of " '
HIIU uvut principle uuu pu'itv occur
W U9 W ICUUliv 1U UiQ UCHUIS VI tg.a-
1 ,
j V'f'J ()!'.
i Ofiiflflt as ve mav to theoretical de
fects iq tne Jaf, there stand out in all
rtipir Jiorrihlfl atrocity, murden fissas r,
slfiitiorii robbery",; bfeaches ,sp.. trusj .
domesti' ttMWvy'iwfcedfl ;
.... tin A' il tJf tlinrV anri. at fh, , .
,iny effect of ;t' sale .otarden, v',
spinis, ana every muuituo ,tuni cxcij,;,, ,
iatriotjfc man i'i compelled' to' decide ,, j
eitHet to' -defend or oppose the only, r,
Jawlwhich.i as yet,' hasfprived 'itself, '"''
eyi)s. . We are no bigot to the Maine ,
Law! .Show as a' better1 way, and one '
mat nas any enance to, sacceeu,1 nuu
na tuin o4vAi it'-rtiir ' riArtv1 'fitibnort 1 ',
But in some way the traffic is doomed ' '
to , be, put down, ine pumanuy oi
tiiA StAte Ktanda nledeed for its sup
pression. The; movement is no mere "
temperance one; ' 1 wen oi an ways oi
thinking upon that subject, will unite
in a , solemn determination that they 1
and their children shall not be met by '
temptation at every corner and every f
turn, that they will not suffer the fur- ;
ther wreck of the best hopes of parents -and
friends, that no more colossal for-
tunes shall be built up on the prema-: '
ture graves of the 'young and the ;
promising, and that - the common :
mother of everyt crime which rains '
tadividuaial ; , BM' Duraens uoww uo -State,
ehaH be bhAishea from society."
Ve regret: the position rthe "Times" ' .
"appears 1,9 have takenwe regret thSt V ;
it has , no better 'remedy for the con . ;
fessed eVds of the trade than the tttoral J -suasion'
Whose sutcfeilui-1s "
bbrua 'witness ,tq;,byi .buadcedsmpOn nvA
hundred of grogshops .in m :ail-h
andl wejtijd hope that it may yet be Li
found an earnest advocate of the only
treatment which possesses the power -effectually
to cure the evil.
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