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THE BEE: OMAHA " THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1916.
Lowe and Meeker Mix in Four-Round Go ;
Battle With Words Before Large Crowd;
Full Details of Red Hot Verbal Encounter
Champions of Wet and Dry
Meet in forensic Clash to
Uphold Their Respective
Views of Question.
WEBSTER ACTS AS REFEREE
Contest Carried on , Under
Strict Rules and Opponents
Givs Each Other Close
LOWE OPENS, MEEKER ENDS
Each Has Two Cracks at
Other, Which Are Fully En
joyed by Huge Crowd.
AUDITORIUM IS PACKED
(Ontlnmd (ram ran One.)
time of his death, (ought prohibition
from an economic standpoint, but
later admitted that the moral better
ment and influences in Washington
were tremendous, according to Dr.
Dr. Lowe read figures on the value
of Nebraska's crops and live stock.
"Are the business men of Omaha
less in girth than those in other pros
perous cities where prohibition is in
Reduces Efficiency, ,
"The entrenched brewers are op
posed to a democratic government.
They want an oligarchy. The saloon
is hioartisan and is ruled by avarice
and greed. Liquor is the enemy of
labor. It reduces the efficiency of
the working man and robs him oi the
fruits of hts toil."
That the breweries could be turned
into tanneries, shoe factories and
other lines of manufacture was sug
gested by Dr. Lowe.
; The lane sum derived from saloon
taxation each year for the Omaha
school fund was termed "blood
money." He averred that he would
rather pay ten times as much in taxes
each year than to have the school
system kept up by the money a
rived from taxing saloons. J r
The forty-five minute talk of the
speaker for the negative came to a
close with a scathing denunciation of
the brewers and saloon keepers. He
declared that the attitude of the brew
ers is to be regarded as a challenge
to the sovereignty of the state, ad
ding that the voters had it within
their power to crush the "octopus of
liquor. . : ,..
, Law Won't Prohibit.
Congressman ' Meeker started his
forty-five-minute Argument with ref
erence to his opponent s opening
words, in which the " latter told
of his early life and school 'days.
After a couple of hot shots at the
speaker for the negative, accusing him
of a "cry baby, talk," the defender of
the affirmative stronghold opened up
with "what is the .good of an amend
ment that doesn t prohibit.
Tha St Louisan said that the de
bate was not upon drink or the evil of
drinking, and that, the state wasnjt
going to vote on that; question it
was going to vote upon an. amend
ment that .wouldn't prohibit and that
wouldn't keep people from buying all
the liquor they wanted to.
He quoted a Nebraska law . that
forbids' anyone from selling rotten
meat,, but which stipulates that the
owner himself can eat it if he wishes,
likening this to the proposed
amendment as far as the prohibiting
part is concerned. He remarked that
the proposed amendment does not at
tempt to deal with the habits or ap
petites of the people.
Don't Stop Drinking.
Congressman Meeker mentioned
the fact that Dr. Lowe in his talk
didn't say anything about liquor be
ing brought into the -state in case pro
hibition was in effect here. "It's no
more of a sin to make booze than to
buy and sell it," was one of his state
"If the brewery is a menace, what
tbout the trusts and big corporations?
Alio we don't know anything about
entrenched sweatshops' or the 'en
trenched' employers of scab labor, j
"If a man received his income from '
stock in a sweatshop cotton mill it
is 'God bless him,' if he gets it from
stock in a brewery or owns a saloon
it's 'blood money. "
That the advocates of prohibition
are more concerned with looking out
for the welfare of the $1.85-a-day
working men and seeing how they
spend their money than they are in
trying to get for them $2.50 a day
was one of Congressman Meeker's
points. . . , :. : I
Challenges Lowe's Figures.
He defied'the speaker for the nega
tive to prove his figures on the per
cent of people in the insane asylums
caused by liquor, declaring that the
65 per cent was the invention of the
dry crowd in Ohio.
Figures were then presented as to
the number of insane in Kansas and
other prohibition states and in Ne
braska, there being fewer in this state,
iccording to Congressman Meeker.
The St. Louis congressman declared
that Dr. Lowe's statement that 'a man
:ouldn't drink and see God' was an
insult to millions of men in this coun
try. The speaker for the affirmative
scoffed at the preacher's remarks as
o how prohibition was good for
Business, giving comparative indus
trial figures of Kansas and Iowa. He
read a letter to an Omaha hotel man
from L. G. Sweetland of the New
Perkins hotel. Portland. Ore., in
which the Oregon landlord spoke of
the crimp prohibition had put in
business in the Pacific-coast city.
. Figures were submitted purporting
to show' the real estate situation in
Denver as the result of the closing up
A the saloons. Congressman Meeker
said that there are hundreds of store
rooms and buildings vacant there at
, .he present time.
He auoted from the Denver Post in
reference to the police court figures
tor the Colorado capital during the
first six months of 1916 and the cor
responding period of 1915' The figures
were 136 cases for the first six months
of 1915; 568 cases for the first six
months 01 1V16, with prohibition in
The speaker stated that prohibition
in Oregon and Washington has
proven a farce, averring that thou
sands are now eager to have the
amendment repealed. r
He told how Massachusetts had
tried prohibition, but that finally the
citizens became so disgusted with it
that several famous Bostonians and
others went before the state legisla
ture to urge its repeal.
Scandal in Wichita.
The recent police scandal in. Wich
ita was mentioned by Congressman
Meeker, the speaker declaring that the
police chief charged with selling
liquor in the city hall was one of the
"Billy" Sunday trail hitters. He defied
Key. ur. Lowe to snow now tne pro
posed amendment will keep one drop
of liquor out of the state, declaring
that the situation in Des Moines is
even worse than before the amend
ment in the Hawkeye state went into
The sneaker for. the affirmative
sprang a sensation when he advanced
to the center ot the stage ana nour
ished the Bible above his head.
"Here's a Bible and $10 bill. I defy
my opponent to show any word or
sentence for prohibition."
"I'd rather see a free country with
breweries in it than one without
breweries, but run by a crowd of re
Congressman Meeker then asked if
it was because of the so-called "blood
money" that the German, French,
Jewish and Italian housewives are so
Rev. Dr. Lowe wound up the argu
ment for the negative with a fifteen
minute talk. Kansas came in for dis
cussion again, the preacher asking
why it is that if prohibition is such a
bad thingj, for business thetwo (najor
political parties swear bv it.
Some of the statistics offered by
Congressman Meeker were disputed
in inmiendos by Rev. Dr. Lowe. "It's
iust a Question of which group of sta
tistics the public will believe." He
read a letter from the Denver chief of
police saying that prohibition is a
good thing for Colorado's capital. He
closed his rebuttal with a rhetorical
denunciation of the breweries and sa
Conaressman Meeker in his fifteen
minute talk declared that the Omaha
preacher had passed the whole eve
ning without mentioning tne amend
ment. He said that Rev. Dr. Lowe
had absolutely failed to point out how
the amendment would keep liquor out
of the state. That the speaker for
the negative hadn't come within one
. 'i t : ...1 . 1 . 1
IIUIC 01 prupucnyiUH nni wuuiu
oen .in Nebraska with prohibition in
force was a statement by the St. Louis
man. '', ' i-
Aski Cause of Repeal,
"If prohibition is such a good thing,
why does a number of states try it
out and then repeal it?"
He deelared that President Wilson
has twice gone on record as favoring
local option and as being against state
prohibition. .. - 1
, The his fisht to come ill this coun
try will not be the liquor question, but
to rid the government o the dmina
Ltion by religious fanaticism., . . . ;..
"This 11 the first time in the history
of the country that a church has made
a bid to get control of the state."
1 The speakers indulged in personali
ties at different times during their
arguments. Congressman Meeker
averred that had the preacher, when
he was a student in the theological
seminary and nearly starved . once,
f;one into a saloon and "hit the free
unch counter he could probably have
gotten all he wanted to eat. Also,
the chances are that the bartender
would have slipped him aive to keep
him in school.'
At several different times during
Heavyweights Enter Arena to
Pummel One Another With
Phrases Without Mercy
NEITHER ONE EVEN WINCES
Verbal Knockouts Land Right
and Left Until Meeker
Seems to Have His
UP AND COMING! AT FINISH
Both Principals Going Strong
When Referee Ends
HOW AFFAIR PROCEEDED
Rev. Titus Lowe, champion theo
logical boxer of the middle west, and
Congressman Jacob E. Meeker, cham
pion mitt mixer of St. Louis, put on a
recherche four-round go at the Audi
torium Tuesday night before an inter
ested and excited audience of 8,000
tans. The principals weighed in at
the ringside and both were in the pink
of condition. Referee John L. Web
ster was not permitted to render a
decision 'and announced the match
was a draw, although there were di
vergent opinions among the audience
as to who won the bloodless battle.
Lowe was seconded by Fred Wead
and Elmer Thomas, while Rector T.
J. Mackay of All Saints' church, occu
pied Meeker's corner.
Rules of the Match.
At the beginning of the melee Ref
eree Webster announced the terms of
the match, explaining that the first
and second rounds would be forty
five minutes each and the third and
fourth rounds of fifteen minutes each.
He added that Lowe and Meeker
would not need any assistance from
the audience and that order would be
insisted upon. The referee further ex
plained that there would be no fight
ing in the clinches and that kicking
in the shins was barred. Warning
the principals against unrestrained ac
tivities, flic referee turned them loose
into the arena.
The crowd cheered its favorites lus
tily and urged them on to the work.
A large American flag offered an in
spiring background for the pitiless
publicity which the warriors inflicted
upon each other,
- s.' .' Lowe Train! Hard. 1. '
Low came 41D smilina and an elder
ly woman offered to pass him a bou
quet ot torget-me-nots. He explamec
that be had been in training in the
steel .mills of Pennsylvania and a
wholesale grocery house of the west.
juggling barrels of sugar and sacks.
ot beaus in the latter place, and was
ready to challenge any aspirants tor
the bek. '-.' In the preliminaries he
showed considerable endurance and
took all sorts of punishment, but he
lacked the agility and finesse of his
more experienced adversary. When
the bell tapped at the close of the set
ond round the ministerial favorite was
rather groggy, while the betting on
the Missourian went up several
notches. At one stage of the game
Lowe showed signs of mental pertur
bation, but after a rally he recovered
himself and finished on his feet.
J Variety of Tactics.
Meeker, who had been through the
mill in the house of representatives,
showed himself a master of every
Eoint of the game. What he lacked in
rute strength he made up in skill.
The mill was interesting because tne
contestants showed such a variety of
tactics. When Lowe suffered a blow
upon his mental processes he looked
serious; when Meeker was given a
right-arm jab over his accelerator he
smiled and rolled his eyes, as if call
During the second round, wnen
Lowe was in distress, some of the
members of the Methodist church of
fered to help him out, whereupon the
referee exclaimed in lusty tones, "Re
member each is amply able to take
care of himself." Then the Metho
dists returned to their seats and the
match was resumed.
In the third round Meeker offered
tn make a side bet of $10 that Lowe
could not tap him on the head. Lowe
spurned the challenge.
lake the bet! exclaimed several
of the Methodists.
The referee once more admonished
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the noisy fans to restrain themselves
and let the principals do the chatting.
Several members of the crowd
hissed Meeker when he made a face
at Lowe and this prompted the St.
Louis favorite son to remade that
there are two kinds of hisses, namely,
geese and snakes; whereupon the hiss
era looked at each other and hissed no
"We will have no more interrup
tions, and I meant it," once more an
nounced the referee.
"I've only got one ear," responded
a fan. ' . ,'
During one stage of the gymkhana
Meeker reached to his hip and drew
r .u - .,:. A etimttlanla which he
offered to his drooping adversary, but
Lowe reached over 10 rrcu vt..
(Contlmwd on Pe Seven. Column One.)
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has the Saloon
Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor,
in his annual report to the Seattle convention, reported FORTY-ONE
STRIKES IN BREWERIES of the United States for the year.
It costs $1.40 to make a barrel of beer that retails for about $28.50.
., Yes, the workingman gets part of the $1.40.
If the saloon had to pay for the care of its victims, instead of the
taxpayers, no one could afford to run a saloon.
- What is the use of you worrying about getting an education for
your children, only to seje the saloon undo your work? ,
,, . . It costs only 12 cents to make a gallon of whiskey that retails for
about $8.50. Who gets the $8.38? Not the workingman. He gets part.
': of the 12 cents. ' ','
Capital required to keep one person employed in the following industries:
Boots and Shoes. $ 770
Brick and Tile .......... 1,720
' Printing and. Publishing. .$1,376
Meat Packing 1,481
Iron and Steel 2,220
It would take $77,000 of capital to keep ONE HUNDRED boot and
shoe makers at work. If that amount of capital was turned into manu
facture of liquor, it would give employment to ONLY EIGHT PERSONS,
throwing out of work NINETY-TWO PERSONS. If the capital required
to keep ONE HUNDRED PERSONS at work in the iron and steel busi
ness was turned into the manufacture of liquor, it would give employ
ment to only TWENTY-FOUR PERSONS, throwing SEVENTY-SIX
PERSONS out of work. If the money now spent for liquor was spent in
stead for shoes, clothing, food, furniture and building of new homes, it
would give employment to 600,000 MORE PERSONS than are engaged
in the liquor traffic, r
Vote for yourself and family! 4
The Brewer is not worrying about you!
The Trade Unionist Anti-rBooze League of Nebraska
I, J. Copenharve, President. ' C. N. Robinson, Secretary.
Dry Campaign Committee
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