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THOUGHTS OF EMINENT MEN,
A perusal of the following should at least dissipate the belief (if held) that the Prohibitionists have said all that is to bo said on the question of Prohibition and the use of alcoholic liquors: “ Heavy taxes upon molt liquors and upon light wines made- the ginshops flourish in England. Wise statesmanship has always encouraged the use of the milder beverages as a means of temperance. Prohibition falls most severely upon malt and vinous liquors, because of their greater bulk, and incites to the use of strong drink or stronger drugs.”—Hon. Frederick W. Lohmann, ex-U.S. SolicitorGeneral. “ There has been in all Governments a great deal of absurd canting about the consumption of spirits. We believe the best plan is to let people drink what they like and wear what they like; to make no sumptuary laws either for the belly or the. back."—The Rev. Sidney Smith, Dean of St Paul’s. “ The introduction of beer in America has done more for temperance than all the temperance societies and all the Prohibition laws combined.” —Henry Watterson.
“ I have seen Prohibition at -work in the United States of America, and I roly, in regard to it, much more upon the information I have obtained from impartial, intelligent people than I do even on my own observation, and the evidence I have received from such persons persons thoroughly disinterested —is all to the same effect: that in towns, at any rate, anything in the nature of compulsory prol.ibition of drinking is absolutely impossible, and it- only leads to drinking in worse forms than under the old system.'' —The late Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, M.P., 1894. ‘•A statute cannot be fully enforced in a community where the sentiment is opposed to it,’ and where it is attempted to enforce it there oftentimes result more evil than good, more harm than benefit, and all kinds of disorders and difficulties are brought upon us by that attempt.”— Brand Whitlock, ex-Mayor of Toledo, Ohio.
“ Tho wise know that foolish legislation is a ropo of sand which perishes in the twisting; that the State must follow and not lead the character and progress of tho citizen. The law is onlv a memorandum. We are superstitions, and esteem tho statute somewhat; so much life as it has in the character of living men is its force.”—Emerson.
“Temperance means moderation; and when you say that a country has a. temperate'climate, you mean that_ it has an enjoyable climate—-not that it has no climate at all.”—Max O’Rell.
A Bishop’s Don’t.—“Don’t become intemperate in preaching temperance. Intemperance is not only over-indulgence in liquor.”—Bishop Neely, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, U.S.A. “ Laws to regulate the sale of intoxicants and increase tho responsibility of liquor dealers, with a judicious and rational license system and a reasonable restriction, are wiser and more effective, and more likely to bo observed and enforced whenever public sentiment approves them than any prohibitory enactment. Henry Wntterson. “ The rich and well-to-do have no more, right to indulge themselves at their clubs and at tho sideboards of their homes than have tho poor to indulge themselves at the comer grocery, and no man has a moral right to vote for prohibition who, by evasion of the law, by tho importation of liquors from without, supplies his own demands; he has no right to enforce upon his fellow-men less fortunately situated a policy which will compel them to a mode of life to which he does not submit himself.”—Hon. Frederick W. Lehmann, exU.S. Solicitor-General.
"Be no longer a drinker of water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.”—St. Paul (Timothy v., 23).
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NATIONAL PROHIBITION, Evening Star, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914