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Ann Arkok, Maren 10, 1887. Mu. Euitor: Will yon now glve the other sitie a chance ? Is nol fair play ; jewel ? You took a flying trip tbrougl Mainc last summer and reported what you UW, Now let the cttizens f Maint speak. We quote us iollows: Gov Chamberlaiii, message of 1870 "The laws against lotoxloadng liquors are as well cxcciiteii aml obeyed hs tha Iaw8 against prufanity, unchastity am murder." Gov. Sidney Perham, message of 1878 "The prohlbitory law is as eilectivt agaiiift the liquor traffleasare other criminal laws against the crimes they are in tended to punlsh." Gov. Perham, message of 1873 : "Less intoxicating liquors are drank in Maine than any other nlace of cqtial popnlatlon in the country - perhaps the world." Gov. Nelson Dlngley, message of 1S7Ö "The policy is a settled faet in this state tnd no considerable body of men favor its repeal.'1 Gov Connor, message of 1876: Maine has a fixed conclusión on this subject." John Habberton, Ksq., in 1884: In Maine there are scarcely any young men who ever saw a runi-shop, or would know one hy sight." (How would it do to do to put Ann Arbor, the greatest univerisity town In the west, In this condition ? Would not the univer8ty grow immense? Doe not the editor know that there are hundreds of fitthers will not send their children here on account of our saloons.) Bilt to resume testimony f rom Maine: Dr. Chas. F. Twinjr, M.iine, in 1886 "Tlie facts prove that prohibition has been eininently successful in the pine Tree State." Judge Woodbay Davis, of the Supreme Court of Maine : "The Maine law has produced a hundred times more improvement in the character, condltion and prosperity of our people, tlian any other law that was ever enacted.'1 Rev. D. Cyrus Hamllo, in 1878: "We can bear the most decided testimony that the Maine law is not only a great success but is most lirmly established ín the hearts of an immense majority of the people." Rev. Dr. Burjrcss, Bishop of the Episcopal Chureh in Muine : "The proliibitory law has been generally executed, and theamount of fntoxication has been wonderfully reduced." Dr. J. W. Buckly, 1885 : "The prohibitory law was enforced sufflciently to produce less temptation, less drinking, less drunkenness, less of the resulta thereof than any country in which we ever traveled." A. M. French, Maine, Overseer of the Poor : "Not a liquor saloon here. What is the consequence? We have in our institution only one pauper, and blindness put him there." Rev. Sam'l Muchmorc, D D., 1884 : "We have traveled over every pa rt of Portland inits slums, if any place where rum is not can he so-called - and seen nowhere any of Pliiladelphia's rumniarket wretchedness." Rev. J. P. Warren, D D., Pres. Maine Law aud Order League, 1885: "The benefits of the prohibitory law are estimable.1' Hou. Eugcne Hall, U. S. Senator, 1872: "There is much less intemper.ince tlian formerlv as the result of prohibition." Hon. Hannibal Ilamlin, President U. S. with Pieident Lincoln : "Of the great good produced by our prohibitory law in Maine, no oue ean doubt who has seen the results " Hon. Win. P. Frye, U. S Senator, 1874: "When the law was enacted, two-thirds of the people were ut heait opposed to it: now they caniiot be induced to reDeal it." Ex-Gov. Nelson Dingley, in 1882: "There has grown up the deepest conviction of its value." Hoh. Jas. 6. Blaine, in 1882 : "Tntemperanee hassteadily decreased in Maine since the first enactment of the proliibitory law. until uow it cm be said with truth that there is no.equal number of peoplein the Anglo-Saxon world amonte whoiu so small au aiiiount of liquor is coiisutned as among the 050,000 inliabitants of Maine " You atk if we would take the contract to enforce the law in Ann Arbor if it passed : Let u ansvver thiB by qnoting froin a man identitied with the liquor interests: He said: "If any saloon mnn has an idea that if theamendment passes it rnciuis tree license, as it was twenty years ago, he will lind hiniself mistiíken. Twt-nty years lüive made ¦ difiérenos in the sentiment of the people. 1 predict that In three months after the passage of the amendment, there will not be an open saloon in the place" Do you not know, Mr. Editor, that the liquor men are frlghtened out of their boots now? They know it means business. Whv not ald in bringing about the result whlch has bceu accornplished In Maine. and henee contribute to the growth and prosperlty of Ann Arbor.


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