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'..,.' " WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EPITOR AND PROPRIETOR
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I VOL. 18, NO. 6
Lincoln, Nebraska; June, 1918
Whole Number 710
Mr. Hoover's interview, published on the 6th of this month, is virtually a challenge to congress. When he opposed the
suspension of the manufacture of beer, proposed by the Randall amendment, and declared that such action would simply in
crease the consumption of whiskey, he added that the Food Administration would stop the production of BEER if congress
would prohibit the sale of DISTILLED LIQUORS. This puts it up to congress and makes war prohibition possible. No
time should be lost. Statutory prohibition is now within the reach of the people.
Several months ago the Woman's Christian Temperance Union presented a monster petition asking for prohibition dur
ing the war; the National Dry Federation is urging opponents of the liquor traffic tosend telegrams.to senators and members;
and the Anti-Saloon League has employed its great influence toward the same end. ,
Immediate action is desirable.
Letters will have more weight than petitions; they indicate a deeper interest. Telegrams are. even bettor: they make a
greater impression. Send a telegram to the senate in care of each senator and a telegram to the house in care of your
Now that Mr. Hoover has made the issue clear, a dry congress can not afford td assume responsibility for a continved
waste of4)readstuffs or further impairment, of Jhej man poweroJLthe , nation. .s ;. - .. , y -W. J. BRYAN.
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The President's message on taxation, -which
will be found on another page, is one of his
greatest state papers. It is strong in logic and
eloquent in statement. No wonder it resulted
in immediate action.
Taxes are high and will be higher, but as
long as one American boy must offer his life
in his nation's behalf no tax that can be levied
on income or property can possibly be as high
as the tax on life and blood.
And the President is right in asking that the
burden be placed on those best able; to bear it
THE ROLL OF HONOR
List' of States That Have Ratified the
National Prohibition Constitu- ,
1 MISSISSIPPI, Jan. 8, 1918.
2 VIRGINIA, Jan. 11, iyi8.
3 KENTUCKY, Jan. 14, 1918.
4 SOUTH CAROLINA, Jan. 25, 1918.
5 NORTH DAKOTA, Jan. 25, 1918.
6 MARYLAND, Feb. 13, 1918.
7 MONTANA, Feb. 19, 1918.
8 TEXAS, March 4, 1918.
9 DELAWARE, March 18, 1918.
10 SOUTH DAKOTA, March 20, 1918.
11 MASSACHUSETTS, April 2,. 1918.
12--ARIZONA. May 24, 1918.
and none are better able to pay high taxes
than those who reap big profits from BUSINESS
MADE PROSPEROUS BY WAR.
W. J. BRYAN.
ARIZONA NO. 12
Arizona becomes state number twelve to
ratify no opposition in the senate and only
three negative votes in the house. Arizona's
record Is, illuminating and instructive. The
state first secured the initiative and referendum,
then it adopted prohibition with permission to
individuals to import for personal use. Then
came bone dry prohibition by a large majority,
and now national prohibition by almost a unan
imous vote in the legislature. THE SALOON
THE WAR IS ON
The dispatches describe the increasing toll
that our nation Is paying as its part In the
world war; and the raids of the divers on the
Atlantic suggest the nearer approach of the red
battle line; but the American heart does not
quail. This is WAR, and it Is in the hope of
putting an end to war that we fight. Our boys
.will keep their eyes on this stake on the farther
side of the field, not on the bloody furrow In
which the walk. W. J. BRYAN.
RED CROSS FUND
The second hundred million dollar call of the
Red Cross society has been oversubscribed more
than the first. This was to be expected. We
are farther In the war, Red Cross work is more
necessary and the country mora fully appreci
The New Revenue
The federal government Is now collecting
something like four billions In taxes, and the
President has asked congress to frame a. new
revenue bill that will raise eight billions, an
increasing percentage to be raised from excess
profits and incomes. The people will pay any
amount that congress sees fit to levy, and will
approve of the plan to lay the burden largely
on excess profits and large incomes.
On with the tax the war must bo won. j
W. J. BRYAN, J
. THE PRESIDENT'S APPEAL
THE NEW REVENUE BILL
THE WAR IS ON
GUARANTY OF NATIONAL BANK DE
POSITS THE WAR
THE CASE AGAINST THE SALOON ,
PRESIDENT WILSON SCORES
PRESIDENT PUTS NO LIMIT ON WAR
UNDERWOOD ON THE REFERENDUM
DRY FORCES ISSUE CALL FOR SERVICE
WHY SECY DANIELS MADE NAVY
ates the society's work,-
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