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NATIONAL PROHIBITION

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WHAT EMINENT DIVINES THINK. Not all the men whose character and profession ensure their disinterestedncsa and impartiality aro in favor of the rational prohibition by law of the sale and consumption of alcoholic liquors. As a matter of fact, sonic at tho meet eminent amongst thcru have- condemned tho proposal in jdaiu terras. We submit a few opinions out of the many: — Cardinal Gibbons: "Tho establibhment of Prohibition in Chicago or other large cities would be impracticable, and wouid put a premium on the sale of intoxicating drinks. When a law is flagrantly and habitually violated it brings legislation into contempt. It creates a spirit of deception and hypocrisy, and compels men to do insidiously and by stealth what they would otherwise do openly and above-board. You cannot | legislate men by civil action into the performance of good and righteous deeds.'' Bishop Hall. Vermont: "Prohibition drives underground the mischief which it seeks to cure, making It more difficult to deal with the evil and impossible to regulate the trade, as, for instance, in tho quality of liquor sold." Rev. Dr Raiusfbrd, New York: "To drink is no sin. Jesus Christ drank. Tc keep a saloon is no uin. Any Snlicy that claims the namo of Christ o'r oes not claim His name, that deals with the well-nigh universal taste of man for alcohol on the- basis of law and order alone, cannot commend itself to the best intelligence, and is doomed to fail." Bishop Clark, Rhode Island : "Prohibition has been disastrous to the cause of temperance." Bishop Grafton. Wisconsin : 'I cannot see tho bem-fits to be derived from compulsory abstinence. Rabid temperance workers have accomplished very little tosvard destroying tho drink evil." Right Rev. P. J. Donohue, Roman Catholic Bishop, Wheeling W., Va.: "While I recognise tiic evils cf the liquor traffic, 1 am nevertheless driven to the conviction that Prohibition v.\ill bo a failure in the uttempt to cope with such evils. In many States it it* already a failure, the net results of such legislation being to multiply illicit bars, and at the same thv.e to deprive the Commonwealth of the revenue accruing from license." Bishop Bushford, Peking, China: "If I had the power to thrust Prohibition on a community, I would not do it unle=s tha community wished it." Rev. Dr Parkhurst, Now York:

"I am decivlolly of the opinion that the more beer and wine there is produced iu this country, and the mciv Ireely it ia tran«poi bed" from State to State, the leas whisky Trill be used and the smaller the amount of drunkenness." Rev. Dr Blanchard. Portland, Me.: "My eye 3 were opened to the great evils of Prohibition in a very few years. The clubs organised by young men, the selling of rile decoctions by women and children, the hypocrisy and corruption. arrested my attention." Rev. W. A. Wasson. New York : " The use of alcoholic liquors is and has alwaya been considered not only legitimate ns a beverage, but it is consecrated and hallowed in the mo»L solemn and weighty rite, of the Christian Church. Now, you cannot, by a mere law, eradicate a sentiment and destroy an institution that has stood for ages,' and that is so deeply rooted in our social life." Very Eev. Dr D. J. Hartley, Little Rock, Ark. : " Everyone knows that there are many saloons that aro perfectly orderly and law-abiding, where people go to drim; their beer in peae congenial companions, and where a drunkard 13 scarcely ever Been. Have. I, as a minister, any more right to interfere, with the business of such a place than the saloonkeeper would have to disturb the peace of my congregation while at worship'." Monsignor Harkins. Holyoke, Mass : "I was here when the prohibito-y w;re in effect in this State and know the evils which existed under the in. Under No-license in Holyoke there v.-.-.i!d be less dniiking, but more drunk:nness.' Bishop Chas. D. Williams, Miclrjrvi: " I am in sympathy with the purpose of those who "advocate Prohibition hs vein mind, but while their motives are eur eo laudable, the means propped to a<v conplish the end are impracri.vh'e. in fact, 1 consider Prohibition at this time Arrmr, because it is destructive.' Bishop Webb, Milwaukee : '• The Episcopal clergy : s inclined to regard with leniency the saloon in all its phases so long as the saloon i» not detrimental on its face to public interest and morals. I believe the general tendency { of the Episcopal clergy is to favor, rather than oppose, the well-regulated saloon. The saloon, when at its best, certainly has many things in its favor. It is a gathering plac« of people, and in many instances of good people." Bishop Burgess, New York : "A law dies tho moment it ceases to accord with the convictions of a strong minority of the people. It is of no use keeping it on the Statute Books, for all it docs is to become one of the richest sources of unholy revenue to unscrupulous police and officials.'' Eer. S. Parkes Cadman, Centra! Congregational Church, Brooklyn, N.Y. : "When you enact • a Law intended to do mcT© than it ought to do, it generally ends in doing less than it should do. For that reason I am opposed to Prohibition bv statute. 1 would rather sec America free first, and then have its citizens use its freedom for moral ends." Bishop Keaue, Wyoming : "What doe.s it mean? Absolute pro- j hibition of the manufacture of liquor? You take away then from science and from the medical profession and fr.-.rn the seve- , ral other classes oi <-yery useful people a quite needed commodity, so that I could not in justico to the human race advocate the absolute prohibition of the manufacture of liquor." Bishop C'ailor,. Tennessee : " Many people thought Statc-wido Prohibition to be the ideal remedy. Instead of calling to their aid som-> experts on the subject and having laws framed that could bo enforced, they forced thrcu-h the Ledslature a measure that, has led to civic degeneracy. It is impracticable, and its violation is productive of hidden and shameful evils. You cannot, pass laws that way. The should leave law-making to wise experts, and he content with educating public sentiment. Bishon S. Tut.i!-. Presidii-'r Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States : "All true American:;, it seems to me, ought to strive to maintain and perpetuate American principles. State-wide Prohibition violates and Local Option supports this principle, therefore I am opposed to State-wide Prohibition and in favor of Local Option."

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NATIONAL PROHIBITION, Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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NATIONAL PROHIBITION Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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