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NATIONAL PROHIBITION

[Published bt Abeancement.l

A writer in the New York Press of October 9, 1910, wrote as follows“ Few persons in Main believe in a wide, open State, but many of them do believe in a Local Option law and in a moderately low license fee for the sale of beer and light wines and an extremely high license .fee for the sale of hard liquors. The desire in to do away with tno vile places that now exist and with the vile ‘Prohibition whisky ’ that they provide, and attempt to regulate the liquor business by dignified recognition." One speaker in the recent campaign voiced the opinions of many of the citizens when he summed up the situation by saying: “ Men always have used stimulants, and we/ cannot eradicate the appetite by legislation nor by corps upon corps of deputy sheriffs. Since tho selling of liquor exists, let ua see that it exists not as a source of blackmail for the unscrupulous politician or ward worker _of any party, not as a means of undermining the constitutions of our young people with the vile, drugged concoctions that these places sell, ana which arc bought because a man can buy nothing elsej let us not cover our eyce and make believe that we do not know it exists, when each sheriff points to the amount of fines he has collected from the drunk and the rumseller as proof that he has faithfully administered his office, when there were more arrests of women and young girls for drunkenness in this country this year than ever before in the history of tho State. Since the traffic persists, let us handle it like men, and if we must have it let us have it decently and reputably, not as sneaks and perjurers.” MAINE’S SOCIAL REVOLUTION. As an honest man honestly attempting to enforce the law, I knew that the viewpoint of Governor Cobb would be extremely interesting, looking back over the four years. 1 went to him and asked him to state to me what he thought after four years of attempting to make the people obey the law. He went over what ne had endeavored to do and what he had accomplished. He said: “If I, for tho social, economic, and moral benefit of the rising generation tif the State of Maine, were to choose between tho enforcement of Prohibition as I have been able to enforce it with my best efforts" (and never any man put forth such efforts), "if I were to choose between Prohibition as I have been able to enforce it and celling rum as freely as sugar over the counter of my store, I would unhesitatingly declare for free rum.” Now, gentlemen, you see! There is a man who went through with it. Now, those things are fetting abroad through the State of laine. I could give you hundreds of stories similar in nature to those I have given, but to all intents the same thing. I have summed it all up in the declaration of this one man—the only one in my memory who ever honestly attempted to enforce the law. We have never had Prohibition in the State of Maine before, except in theory. What has it cost? It has cost a social revolution, and that is all there is to it.—Major Holman F. Day, of the Maine Republican party.

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NATIONAL PROHIBITION, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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NATIONAL PROHIBITION Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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