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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, APRIL 8,
WMT UNION MEN SAY ABOUT LICENSE
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Short and Emphatic Reasons Why They Favor Keeping Lincoln "Dry" The Open Saloon Not
In the Interests of the Toilers Like Lincoln "Dry" Better Than Lincoln "Moist."
Havelock, Neb., April 6. I am op
posed to the liquor traffic because I
believe it to be morally wrong and
socially debasing. We voted it out
of Havelock yesterday, and I am pray
ing that my fellow workers in Lincoln
will do as we did in Havelock. I am
not trying to act as the censor of
other men's conduct, but I oppose the
licensed saloon because it is a men
ace to peace, the fruitful source of
misery, and crime, and without a
single redeeming feature to commend
it to thoughtful men. It is an evil in
stitution, and I often wonder that a
civilized people have endured it so
S. D. SMITH,
Lincoln, Nebr., April 4. I am not a
prohibitionist, but I do believe in lo
cal option, and as a unionist I support
the referendum in political as well as
in union affairs. I am going to vote
"dry" at the coming election because I
have seen enough of what the open
saloon does for the workingmen, and
I have taken notice of the benefits se
cured after a single year of "drouth."
I believe in the widest personal liberty
consistent with the rights of the whole
people, but I am yet to be convinced
that it is wise to license saloons- in
order that some men may exercise
their personal liberty at the expense
of peace, good order, good citizenship,
happy homes and wives and little ones.
If ever I see a single good influence
originating from the saloon .then I
may hesitate about voting "dry."
A. B. WOELHOFF, '
Lincoln, Nebr., April 7. I have so
many reasons for voting "dry" this
year that I hardly know where to be
gin In enumerating them. Perhaps it
would be Just as well not to try. There
are many reasons for refusing to vote
the saloons back in Lincoln, and up
to date I haven't found a single logical
reason for bringing them back. Econ
omically the "dry" spell has been a
good thing for the workers as a whole.
Socially the workers are better off in
Lincoln today than ever before, and
I will not vote to bring about a re
turn to former conditions. ' Of course
I believe in personal liberty, but we
have so mighty little of it in any civi
lised community that it doesn't bother
us. And it is all the better for us that
this is so. I might give some perti
nent reasons for voting "dry" this
trip, but I'll not take time to do it.
- O. M. PINE,
IJncoln, Nebr., April 7. I never
voted for license in my life. I am
not a prohibitionist. I yield to every
man the right to eat or drink what he
pleases so long as his indulgence does
not interfere with my rights. But I
am not willing to open the saloon in
order that he may gratify his appetite
at the expense of the general public.
But my chief opposition to the
At the end of a 70-mile automobile i
ride against a Nebraska wind laden
.with clouds of dust, Rev. Charles
Stelzle, the machinist-preacher, mount
ed the stage at the Auditorium last
Sunday night and talked for an hour
And twenty minutes to an audience
that packed the big building to suffo
cation. Rev. Mr. Stelzle spoke before
the Y. M. C. A. at Omaha Sunday
afternoon, taking for his subject, "A
Square Deal." As soon as the ad
dress was over he entered an automo
bile with Rev. S. Z. Batten, J. E.
Miller, E. J. Mockett and J. H. Mock
tt, and started on the long and dusty
ride to Lincoln. The auto dash was
necessitated by reason of the poor
train service, and it was successfully
negotiated in the face of discomforts
that would appall ordinary ,men.
"Organized Labor and the Saloon"
was the topic of Rev. Mr. Stelzle's Lin-
licensed saloon is the license. I am
unalterably opposed to the whole
damnable license system as exempli
fied in the liquor business. It is a
bribe to the public, a sop to politi
clans, the creator of a semi-monopoly,
the creator of political corruption, an
evil Influence in municipal govern
ment and the producer of discord. If
I had pay way I would wipe alcoholic
beverages out of existence. But that
will never be brought about. Alcohol
will exist in varied form as long as
the world stands, and just so long will
men drink it. Education will con
stantly decrease the average of drink
ers, and in ' this work of education I
believe the trades unions will take a
leading part ' Remove all license fees
and all revenue, and let the stuff be
sold as freely as any other commodity,
making the seller responsible for dam
ages, Just as we hold responsible the
sellers of any other poisons, deadly
weapons or explosives. The ' condi
tions prevailing in Lincoln during the
last twelve months may or may not
have some bearing on the fact, but I
believe the masses of wage earners
in Lincoln today are better dressed,
their families better cared for, than
during any other twelve months in the
history of industrial Lincoln. And as
an opponent of the license system I
would be glad to have any one com
pare the crowds that visit the Lincoln
Labor Temple with the throngs that
visit the labor headquarters in other
cities where the licensed saloons pre
vail. WILL M. MAUPIN,
; Lincoln, Nebr., April 5. I am not" a
voter in Lincoln, being a "Kinkaider.'"
But if I had a vote you may rest as
sured it would be against allowing the
saloons to return to Lincoln. Why?
I know what the saloon does for the
workers. I know what they might do
for my own boys. And there are
many other reasons, too numerous to
mention, why I am against allowing
the saloons to return to Lincoln.
ALBERT T. PENTZER,
Lincoln, Nebr., April 7. I will vote
"dry." Spell it in capital letters if
you want to. As soon as I hear an in
telligent reason why Lincoln should
again license saloons I'll take time to
give my reasons for voting against
license. W. W. FORD,
Lincoln, Nebr., April 7. My reasons
are my own, and they might not ap
peal to others. But I am for a "dry"
Lincoln, and I am willing that every
body should know it.
JOHN W. MOORE,
Lincoln, Nebr., April 7. If I had a
vote in Lincoln it certainly would be
against licensing the saloons again.
But I happen to live in Normal, there
fore am not a Lincoln voter. I am
der the auspices of the "Committee of i
Fifty," having in charge the no-llcense
campaign. Long before the speaker
of the evening 'arrived every seat in
the Auditorium was occupied, chairs
were carried in by the score, and
scores of .people stood until the close
of the meeting. Farragut Post, G. A.
R., accompanied by its fife and drum
corps, attended in a body and the
drum corps gave some military music
that was loudly applauded. Professor
Miller led in the singing of "America,"
and Rev. Mr. Lawrence invoked the
divine blessing upon the cause and
upon the audience. The exercises be
gan before Rev. Mr. Stelzle arrived,
and Rev. Dr. Roach was making some
announcements when the speaker of
the evening appeared walking down
the aisle. A number of union men rec
ognized the smiling face and some
what dazzling "dome" of the famous
General Secretary International Union of Cus- .,'
torn Tailors and Treasurer of the American
Federation of Labor, will speak on the subject-
Mr. Lennon speaks only as a Union Worker,
not as a Union Official, Thirty years in the
labor movement gives him the experience nec
essars to intelligently discuss the question.
v A band cdncert will be given before
the address., Good Music.
opposed to the whole license system,
therefore opposed to the institution
known as the licensed saloon. Its
influence is bad; its presence a det
riment .to the community.
FRANK W ATKINS,
Theatrical Stage Employe. e
Lincoln, Nebr., April 6. You ask
machinist-preacher, and broke into ap
plause. Little .-Miss Mary Tanner re
cited a temperance piece, and imme
diately thereafter Rev. Mr. Stelzle was
"If I finish this speech," said Mr.
Stelzle, "it will be the second tem
perance speech I have made."
This made some of the prohibition
ists gasp, wondering what they had
run up against. They had come with
the understanding that they were to
hear a preacher accustomed to mak
ing temperance speeches. But they
were not long left in doubt. Clearly
and forcefully the speaker went at his
topic, and he drove his arguments
home with sledgehammer-like force.
No attempt at oratory; no "picture
painting"; no appeals to 'prejudice
just plain statements logically mar
Rev. Mr. Stelzle gave his first at
8 p. m.
me to give some of my reasons for
being in favor of a "dry" Lincoln.
My reasons for keeping Lincoln "dry"
are the same that I have for making
every other town "dry." For twenty
years and more I have sen 'my fel
low workers come and go, and I
have ben . in rather a good position
to study the question from the stand-
tention to the "personal liberty" argu
ment advanced by Hon. Clarence Dar
row n- the Auditorium a few hours
"Speaking of personal .liberty, any
lawyer will tell you that .there .is no
such thing as absolute personal liberty
in the .United States. .We have liberty,
according to the law, only insofar as
we do not infringe upon the rights of
our neighbors and fellow citizens. But
as soon as a man interferes with the
liberty of his neighbors he is landed in
"A man can't spend his money as
he wants to, for the law demands that
he first provide for his wife and family
or whoever is dependent upon him. A
man may not burn down his house,
even though it is mortgage clear and
his absolute property, for the law says
he shall not endanger the property of
his neighbors. A man.may.not do as
point of men. i' oppose the liquor
traffic because of its Influence on men.
God helping me; so long as I live I
Will never lose an opportunity ' to
strike a blow against the whole dam
nable traffic, no master in what shape
it presents itself. I know what it
did for me; I know what it has done
and is1 doing for other men. It shall
never again do it to me, nor will I
lose an opportunity to curtail its
work among other men, '.'
i ED. HOWE,
Lincoln, Nebr., April 5. Time is
too valuable to spend in giving my
reasons for being in favor of a "dry"
Lincoln- My reasons are enough for
me, even though they might not be
sufficient for some of my fellow union
ists. If you heard Rev. Mr. Stelzle
you heard him give: some pf my rea
sons for being opposed to the licensed
saloon. I have others. ,''
W. P. HOGARD,
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Lincoln, Nebr., April 2. For busi
ness reasons, for social reasons, for
personal reasons and for about a mil
lion other reasons, 1 am going to vote
to keep the licensed saloons out of
CHAS. B. RIGHTER,
Lincoln, Nebr., April 5. Make it
just as emphatic as you can. '' I am
for a "dry" Lincoln or a "dry" any
other town. , But I am partlcularjy in
terested in Lincoln. I am against the
saloon, , ' everlastingly and eternally
against it. I hare seen Jts effects-
and felt them. -If there is never an
other saloon in . Lincoln until I vote
for license, then Lincoln will never
again have to endure the curse ' of
the open saloon. I
WtALTER S. BROWN,
i ..''' Pressman.
Bethany, . Nebr., April 5. I live in
Bethany and wock in Lincoln. If I
had a vote it would , certainly be
"dry." I am opposed to .the licensed
saloon and proud to live in a village
where the . traffickers in liquor can
never get a foothold. As a wage
earner I know what liquor does to
my fellow workers, and I am opposed
to flaunting it in their , faces and in
my own face. , I hope to see Lincoln
"dry" next year and every 'year
thereafter. The open saloon is the
greatest enemy labor has to face, and
as one workingman I am going to do
my best to wipe It out of existence.
Lincoln, Nebr., April 6. I have seen
what the open saloon does for my fel
low workers. What it has done for
them it might dp for my own boys,
and I'm .not going to take an chances
on that. I am going to vote against
the saloons. More than that, I have
a horse and buggy, and if I can help
he pleases with his children, for the
law demands that they .he given at
least a common school education. A
man is compelled ,to keep his .house
clean so. is a woman; he shall not be
allowed to maintain .a breeding place
for disease ,germs. . In .this state, a
man 'may' 'not sell cigarettes .because,
says the law, ,they demoralize boys.
"And yet we talk about this great
democracy of ours; why, the democ
racy itself is the most complicated
thing before the American people. ,A
man may go out on .the prairie, and,
if he is away from mankind, may come
very near doing as he pleases, ,but as
soon, as one neighbor setlea near him
his liberty ,is cut in .two.. jlf,.a second
neighbor moves .near ihim his liberty
is again diminished. And so it .goes;
and yet there are men who boast that
they can 'do as they plaese.'
"I know something about the saloon
get any "dry" votes to the polis 1
am ready to keep' the old family nag ;
going from early early morning un
til the, polls close. The Lincoln of the
past year has been the best Lincoln I
ever knew. 1 am proud to record my
self as one among the many union
workers opposed to letting the sa
loons back into this good city.
F. H. HEBBARD, '
' . Printer..
Lincoln, Nebr., April 6. I , never
heard one sensible argument in favor
of the liquor traffic I have heard
and seen hundreds of arguments
against it. The saloon is my enemy,
and-, the enemy of every other work
ingman. Not only that, but it is the
enemy of society, the curse of the
home ' and the greatest . menace to -American
; government. I will vote .
against licensing the . saloon every
chance I get . , ' ,
HENRY BROENING, - ; .
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Lincoln, ; Nebr., April 5. My vote
will be cast against licensing saloons
in Lincoln. As a workingman I have
been able to note the influence of the
saloon upon the working classes. I
never knew the saloon's influence to
be good. For that reason I am op
posed to it. ' SAM LARGE,"
. . Stereotyper.
Lincoln, Nebr., April 5. Any time,
anywhere, I am willing to tell any
body and everybody how I vote on
the license proposition. I -am op-'
posed to the licensed saloon, and . I
will vote against it. ' I have many
reasons for my . position the ' chief
ones being that I am opposed to the
license system and know the open sa-
loon to be the enemy of the working
man. - FRNK CHEUVRONT,
; Lincoln,' Nebr., April 7. I do not
think it necessary to go to any length
in giving my reasons for advocating a
"dry" Lincoln and voting for it I am ,
Opposed to re-opening .the saloons, and .
will vote against that sort of thing.
The past year lias opened my eyes to
a great many things. : J ,.
W. L. MAYER, .. ..
Lincoln, Nebr., April 6. Lincoln at
the end of twelve months "dry" Jooks
better to me than Lincoln ever did at
the end of twelve months "wet" That
is all I care to say.
E. A. VATTERSON.
" - Barber.
' Lincoln, Nebr., April 7. It js no
body's business how f voted on the
license question last year, but , I am
going to vote against the saloons this
year. I see more union men every day
than any other man in Lincoln, I think.
This gives me a good chance to note
what a saloonless city means to the
workers-rand the results please me.
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business from .the inside. My .father
was a saloonkeeper and the owner of
a brewery and his brothers also .were
saloonkeepers. Thus it is that I am
able to speak oh. vhe inside and ,in
fluepce of a saloon. have no sym
pathy with .the pictures .used ..by so
many temperance papers showing, the
saloonkeeper as a. low-browed brute.
I . have .known a great many of .them
who were ordinary .business men .and
like men any , other business. Of
course,, some have been rightly de
picted, as being lower than thelowest
brutes, , but ,1 speak of many of the
men I jhave known. However, J am
not .here to . discuss personalities, ..hut,
from the standpoint qf the trades
unionist, to use .the privilege of ex
pressing my own opinions.
"I .have no favors to ask at the
hands of the. church, but I want ..to
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