The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, January 01, 1918, Page 12, Image 12

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The War Against Alcohol
' 'So far as wo aro concorned In the
United States, tho movomonts of va
rious kinds and forma against tho
almost immoasurablo ovil resulting
from tho habitual uso of alcohol aro
now approaching their culmination.
'A few months ago, exorcising tho
war nowor, the govornmont stopped
tho making of whiskey. It has now,
by a similar ordor, rcducod tho al
coholic content of beer to something
like tho vanishing point. Within a
yory few yoars tho number of states
prohibiting tho liquor trafllc has In
creased from throo or four to twonty
seven. Tho groat stato of Ohio,
which has ulways horotoforo been
strongly agalnUt prohibition, was al
most ovonly diVldod In November of
this your, tho votes for prohibition
bolng something undor 523,000 nnd
tho vrttcs against It bolng just over
524,000. Tho comploto abolition of
tho liquor trafllc In tho city of Wash
ington and tho District of Columbia
"wont Into olToct only a fow wooks ago
toy act of congross, with oxcellent re
sults already apptront.
IIlthoVt'6, tho prohibition movement
lias procoedod in localities under tho
3ocal option system, and in states un
dor tho plan of stato-wido prohibi
tion. Thoso statos which havo adopt
ed prohibition aro now, by virtue of
recent federal laws, bettor protected
than thoy formoiiy woro from tho
violation of thoir own police systems
"by tho bringing In of liquor from ad
Jacont states.
' A fow years ago it would not havo
boon thought possible by most ob
server and studonts of politics that
wo were approaching the ovo of sub
mission by congress to tho legisla
tures of tho states of an amendment
to the national constitution, prohibit
ing tho liquor traffic throughout tho
United States. But already tho anti
saloon movomont has actually won
that victory. Tho prohibition amend
ment, undor tho leadership of Sen
ator Morris Shoppard, of Texas, w.s
adopted in tho United States senate
last summer, and on December 17 it
was passed by tho houso of represent
atives by a voto of 282 to 128. There
had never been any dispute as to tho
attitude of tho present house, while
thoro was some question whether or
not the necessary two-thirds majority
could be obtained in the senate.
When tho amondmont has been ac
cepted by throe-fourths of tho states
it will become a part of the national
constitution. This means that thirty
six states must consent to nation
wide suppression of the making of
and traffic in liquor as a beverage.
Besides this great movement for
stato and national prohibition of the
liquor traffic, many other indications
are to be noted of a growing purpose
to emancipate America from alcohol
ism. A fow yoars ago Secretary Dan
iols was ridiculed for steps taken by
him to remove the drink evil from
the navy, and similarly there was
great controversy over tho canteen
question, as relates to tho army. At
the presont time the war department
has the moral Support of the profes
sional army men in determined ef
forts, not only to keep liquor out of
the camps and away from the mil
itary reservations, but also to abolish
saloons in the immediate vicinity of
the cantonments and other army
posts.
The social habits of the people,
furthermore, havo been greatly
changed through influences due to
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railroads have long demanded ab
stinence on the part of their employ-
pnn. Mnnv nfhpp hwliistrfnl and busi
ness organizations have taken the
same stand. Not only drunkenness,
but even the moderate uso of liquor
is now frowned upon, by a great ma
jority of responsible business mon.
Tho proper use of the various instru
ments of modern business tele-
tion, and many others are all at
seem to us desirable thaJDr, Jglehart
should in future editions of this book
include a new chapter on the efforts
of tho present administration to ban
ish alcohol from tho army and navy
and to prevent the use of grain and
food materials in the making of stim
ulating beverages.
Dr. Iglehart ia a generous fighter
and is free from that narrowness
which has marred, rather than
helped, the work of some temperance
reformers. We would 'suggest, there
fore, that he might also collect data
for an additional chapter, showing
with what ingenuity and good temper
many of the distillers and brewers
are adapting their plants to more use
ful find t.imnlv nnrnnoQc i x,
w.rf rull,uoco VUttH IRQ
. making of alcoholic beverages, and
1200 TO 1 RS&ifi AGlBanUoWomlor-ovoraoOpod.h.TO
".lJ" B w lUlwinlBHa boonyrowunuuHinKlo plant-nil woll
J5 Planted. Pinnto aita oroct'&tirtVul&'a1
will Hlrar-ly miriirho you. Just tho boanovoryono should plant thlo your.
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The Year 1917 ,
THE MIDWEST LIFE has noW passed what
is. considered In insurance circlos. as tho end of
its initial dovolopmont poriod, namely, $10,000.
000, of insurance in force, $1,000,000 in assets
and ton years or more in business. This com
pany has accomplished all this in less than
twelve years; aud no company could have ac
complished it all in less than ton years, as noth
ing but the flight of time can give age to an in
stitutlon. Tho .ear 1917 was the Lest in tho history of
this company. It issued more policies for more
nsuranco than in any previous year; it made a
larger not gain in insurance in force; it in
creased its assets ad surplus more.
This company is now operatiugMn Nebraska
Kansas and Wyoming. It expects to enter Swa
odTrnn nCU ' V,1? CorrPndence 13 so HcTt
od from those wishing to write Insurance in tho
states named and from those desiring insurance
States Wher l0CatGd' if WitUiu the ' uS
THE MIDWEST LIFE
'of LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
N. Z. SNELL, President.
Guaranteed Cost Lifo Insurance
nun, uuu muuy ouiera are an at, matting of alcoholic beveraees anrl
war against so obvious an enemy of also how many thousands of saloon-
eiuuuuujr a mwuvuv uiiub.. aub Keepers have been turning their
great growth of interest in athletic tail places into restaurants, grocery
sports is also a factor making for stores, cigar stores, shoe and clothing
temperance. Thus many forces and shops, and so on. A few months an
bring the alcoholic evil u'nder sSme- 3E WSKSStJ?"
thing like adequate control, although presOur 'capital "5 ?S "waL ng S?
',,S,P',tt0 UprT "', fr !. coins through the sarueex-
.--..... "w. iaiajuuc penence. An enormous eavinjr In
be possible for a good while to come, these times will be accomplilhed by
txuiuus liio vuieran oncers in tnis naamg tne streets, of the. many thou
movement for temperance and for sands of heavy wagons and trucks
the outlawing of the drinking saloon, sent out from the breweries on their
T .. x, "" "ore wormy uauy rounds to the saloons. More
place than the Reverend Dr. Ferdin- necessary forms of trade should ab-
and C. Iglehart. As an eloquent sorb all such wasteful activities
speaker, he is known throughout the Review nt TitrJi,
country; and as a writer his words ' :
He has known many public men and , Miami, Fla., Jan, 1st, 1918.
has had a hapd in political affairs, '.Frederick C. Iglehartj
as well as a voice among the churches f, U1B xlouse -New rork.
and a pen at the service of the re- My dear Sir ' :
liglous press. We have now, as Dr. I write to thank you for the ifrpur
Iglehart s latest contribution to the service you have .rendered the cause
cause which has claimed a lifetime's of temperance and prohibition in
effort, a little volume entitled, "King giving to the public the results of
Alcohol Dethroned." It is not a sys- your experience and observation in
tematic treatise, nor is it a history of tho book - entitled "King Alcohol
the temneranfifi mnvpmonf T nn-nntnr. Tinthrrknorl
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arguments and it also embodies his- f It comes out just at the right time
ww, uui 11, ia u unique dook in its o am in securing the ratification of
plan, and it reflnnf-.R mnnii f ,
clal knowledge and varied contacts of
the writer hlmselfr
Thus we tiave- chapters on the
mental and physical effects of alco
hol as proved by scientific tests. The
who world seems now convinced of
the uselessness of alcohol and its
detrimental nature when used as a
beverage. Dr. Iglehart has obtained
for the purposes of his book the ex
pressions of many men of experience
and knowledge; so that his chapters,
for example, upon alcohol in respect
to the efficiency of industry and of
labor, reflect the best current opinion
Perhaps the most interesting part
of the book are two chapters devoted
to Lincoln's attitude on this question.
Few people ahe aware" that Abraham
Lincoln was a great temperance lead
er in Illinois, and that he was the
most active man in the group that se
cured the state-wide vote of Illinois
on prohibtion in the year 1855 It
was by only a few thousand votes' that
Lincoln and his friends failed to carry
the state at tiirf Hma n-.-u.x
Lincoln was a trf-n.l niiafni-n- x I
allnw thn oa V7i 7"T r u..n.01 1
i,;" "". !x"fc ,llll?ur m e White
, aim stooa always for every
phase of opposition to the use1 of al
coholic drink.
Dr. Iglehart was a friend of Theo
dore Roosevelt when the Colonel was
J 1G tead of the police commission
under Mayor Strong, in New York
and made his fight for the closing of
the saloons on Sunday. We have an
nteresting chapter on that epteoue
in the present book. There is one
devoted to Mr. Bryan as a prohibiten
champion, and there are several in
structive chapters dealing with the
abolition of the saloon in the south
with prohibition in the west w 1th
legislation, and with the
world-wide war on alcohol. It would
the amendment recently submitted.
It deserves, and I doubt not will
have, a large sale.
And what joy you must feel in' the
certainty of an early victory for the
reform for which you have toiled so
long and so faithfully! You have
been a pioneer in the greatest moral
movement of this generation; and,
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