Liquor Manufacturers Say That High License Does Not Hurt The Liquor Trade Or Diminish Drinking. Boom Ann Arbor By Local Option!
Ann Arkor, Feb. 8, 1888. Mr. Editoii:- A quotation in last week's Col'Rieh from ihe Chicago Tribuno would indicate that prolnbition was R failure in Portland, Me., bui the otlier side was not tokl. Tlie offleers were lax and the Iïev. Mr. Uailey's aecusations atirred tliem; places where liquor was sold were elosed, liquors seized, hotels and déniers prosecuted, and policemen who refused to make arresta were dismissed from service. Of 5,000 pupils in the public schools only two were intoxiCiited during the year and four suspected of drinking and these were from foreign families who were in the habit of drinking. The prohibitinn laws are far better enforced in Portland than liceuse laws in Ann Arbor, and Portland is a city of 34,000 populatiou. Adtniral Luce of the U. S. navy said after two summers in Portland, tliat in no city could he allow hls sailorssuch liberty and in none was there such a freedom from drinking. If high license laws are such a blessing - aid the temperance cause so mucli, wliy does the liquor trade favor it? We quote from some of the leadlng western liquor manufacturera and dealeis. First from the largest dlatllÜBg company In Nebraska, Willow Springs Distilliiig Co., P. S. Her. Pres ; J. H. Her, Sec. Omaha, Neb., Jan. 7 1888: "High license has not liurt our business. I do not tliink high license lessens the quantity of liquor used. I would be n favor or high license rather than trust to the non-enforcement of the law under prohibition. V'e have had a great deal of business in the state of Iowa, botli before t was prohibition and since, and we can say positively tliat there is very little satisfaction in doing business in tliat state now. Ever so of ten the goods are seized and is causes a great deal of delay and tronble to get them released; and then there is the fear of not getting money for the goods and all the forms we have to go through make t very annoying business. Il is like running a railroad underground. I believe tliat high license isone of the grandest laws for the liquor traffic." Secoud, from Dick Uros. Brcwing Co., of (Juincy, III., one of the largest in that state, rated by the merchantile agencies from $300,000 to $500,000. Oflke of Dick ISrotliers Urewlng Co., Quincy, 111., Jan. 0, 1887: "High license has not hurt our business so far. You uiay grant local option which appears to beconnected now with all license lawCi but they may make such local option laxes as oppressite as prohibitory laxes, as it is done now in Ihe state if Missouri. Pro hibitory laws nmy not be enforced bat can bc enforced as many exampks in Kansas and Iowa show. By all means prevent the passage of prohibitory laws." Third, from the leading brewers in $1,000 high licensn Omaha: Melz & IJros., lirewers and Maltzers, Omaha, Nebraska, Jan. 20, 188S. "High license has been of no injury to our business. In our opinión high license does not lessen theconsumptioii of liquor." Note tirst, tliat high license does not hurt the liquor business. Second, tliat there is as much liquor drank ander high license as ever. Third, that prohibiton and local option does hurt the business. This tMtlmony comes from Xebra8ka where the license Is fixed at $1,000 and IWinois, where there is the Harper high license law, and from private letters addressed to their brothers in the liquor trade in New York and not intended for publication. In another place a contributor thlnks, to have prohibition here would hurt business. This Is n big mistake. It hurts the licjuor trada but MSltta all otlier legitímate business. The money spent for liquor is not spent as before, bat for shoes, grocerie?, dry goods, furniture, etc, prohibition booms 11 kinds of business elsewuere. and will in Ann Arbor. lianisli the forty saloons and the merchants of all kinds, would get the money spent in them- students would be attructed here and the university would be boomed, and all the property In the city would advance rapldly. It would bo the best luvesttnenl from ;i linuncial as wcll as u moml gtandpoiiit. Taxiwykk. 1. S.- Since wrïlm; the above the olipping bel ov has hccti cut from i Detroit paper: The building to be vivcatcd ly the saloonisisiit. iiwdsso, lst of May. liave nearlv uil been engaeed by persons who Uitend to engage In otlier business. As iu Owosso so it will bc In Aun Arhor. All kinils nfhnalnen will bc liclncil