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NATIONAL PROHIBITION

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IS rrvOHIBITION A REMEDY FOR INTEMPERANCE':

The following i> an extract from an article by I)r 11. f\ Williams in the •Ladies' Home Journal' (which has a circulation in tho United States and English-speaking world of over one million copies): " The aggregate net result of 60 years of temperance legislation is that the averago American of to-day consumes almost six times as much liquor as did the average American of 1850. The redeeming feature, of the case is that the averagu man now drinks vastly more beer and relatively less spirits ; but this change is not one for which Prohibition can be responsible. It is obvious that iu an attempt to evade Prohibition laws the more condensed spirits (being easier to handle, ship, and conceal) will tend to take tho placo of the more bulky ones; hence in so far as Prohibition has affected the relative status of distilled spirits and beer its influence must presumably have favored the former. In point of tact, the consumption of distilled spirits alone, in the, year 1895 (the year in which Kentucky passed the Local Option law just noted) had fallen to l.Olgal per capita. Rut now the consumption of spirits again increased, vcar by year, and in 1907 it had risen to 1.03 gal per capita. " Briefly, then, great as I conceive the evils of the use of liquor to be, I find nothing in the. evidence to lead me to believe that they can most advantageously bo combated by so drastic a procedure as the en actment of a Federal prohibitory law. I believe that here, as elsewhere, the >ocia! organism must progress by evolution rather than by revolution. We cannot in a day or in a decade convince the eight or ten million men in the United Mates who consume a certain quantity of liquor each day (tho vast mnjonty of" them. let ft be conceded, never drinking to the point of intoxication) that they will be happier and bettor off for the foregoing of their indulgence.

" Hence a general Prohibition law would from the outset, have to deal with a population among whom practically half of the adult males would be in a rebellious frame of mind—crying out in no uncertain terms against the infringement of their sacred personal liberties

" And that the heads of families aggregating probably not less than three million people would suddenly be deprived of their sole means of livelihood, and that properties valued iu the aggregate at perhaps two billion dollars would as suddenly become, worthless, and the seriousness of the social and economic c-risis that would be precipitated, begins to reveal itself in something like its true proportions. "Personally T am at a loss to understand how anyone who has the slightest graip of economic questions can contemplate with equanimity the anarchistic possibilities—nay. certainties—which reveal themselves through the -lightest use of the imagination in c„„ nC etion with the-e figures. To me. at lean, it seem- obvious that the only thing which lias kept the Prohibition movement before, the people of tho United States is the simple fact that Prohibition doc, nit prohibit."—Dr Hcnrv Smith Williams, in 'Ladies' Home Journal,' January 1. 1911.

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NATIONAL PROHIBITION, Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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NATIONAL PROHIBITION Evening Star, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914

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