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PROHIBITION IN KANSAS., Issue 7961, 17 July 1889
PROHIBITION IN KANSAS.
TO THE EDITOR Sin,—We w'.ill hear ever and anon of the failure o Prohibition and of the social and moral evil it work* in those States in which it has been enacted. Tin following extract from a letter written by the editor of the ‘Capital Commonwealth,’ published ir Topeka, Kansas, gives tho other side of the pic ture, and will, I have no doubt, be read with interesl by those who are anxious to know how best to solve tho problem of tho liquor traffic. The writer of the letter is evidently one who knows. He says “ Drunkenness and crime have diminished 80 pel cent, since the saloons were closed in Kansas. “Prohibition has been beneficial in our towns and cities by reason of the decrease in crime and pauperism, and by tho discontinuance of expensive legal machinery necessary where saloons, the natural breeders of crime, pauperism, and drunken ness, exist. Men who formerly squandered theil earnings in tho dram-shop now expend the same foi better clothing, better food, and belter homes, com ditions which materially overbalance the saloon license in the general prosperity of a community. “Kansas's marvellous prosperity was ushered in with the adoption cf the Prohibitory Amendment Tho greatest growth in immigration, in the prosperitj of our towns and cities, in the building of railroads, echoolbouses, churches, c lieges, public libraries, etc., has been made since the adoption of the Prohibitory Amendment. Prohibition has stimulated the business of the State in every lino and avocation, because tho energies of our people have been direct: d toward the fostering of legitimate enterprises and not in sustaining saloons and tho liquor Interests, whlct destroy and digrade, litfore we had Prohibition the annual increase in tho population of tho State war ir round numbers 12 000. Since wo have had Prohibition in the State the average annual increase in th population of the State has been In round number! 82,000. In 1860, Topeka, the capital of Kansas, had 16.000 inhabitants ; now there are 60,000 people living in the city and ita suburbs. We have also Liaven worth, Atchison, Fort Scott, Wichita, Untchln son, and Kansas City (Kan.), with population! ranging from 15,000 to 40,000. We have twenty seven other towns with populations of over 2,000, We have 1,691 more schoolhcuscs than we had four years ago, and 1,900 more teachers in them. Th< increase in the valuation of our school properly hai been 2,892,602d0l in four years. Wo have increased the school population in lour years 120,760 children, Wo expended for school purposes In 1888 4,903,047d0i, We have increased tho taxable valuation of the propeity in tho State within four years 116,227,041d0l We have increased the area of ploughed land withir four years 6,750,373 acres. We have more (hat doubled the mileage of our railroads within fmrr years, now having over 8,000 miles of road in operation in the State. “The sentiment cf the people of Kansas is overwhelmingly in favor of Prohibition ; and, if submitted again to a vote of the people, wou'd be adopted by 100.000 majority. “Constitutional Prohibition is in every way conducive to the general welfare cf our people, considered from a moral and financial standpoint.” When will the people of New Zealand awake to the fact that strong drink is, as described by the 1 Chicago Express’ (the organ of the Union Labor party), “an article which curses and defrauds the people instead of upbuilding them ” ?—I am, etc , St. Mdnoo, Dunedin, July 16.
PROHIBITION IN KANSAS., Issue 7961, 17 July 1889
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