NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
2nd February, 1909 : The temperance army is on the march in the United States with increasing number of states and counties adopting laws which ban the sale of alcohol. The prohibition movement, as it is known, would eventually like a nationwide ban. At the moment the law varies widely. Some states have outlawed all alcoholic sales while others have adopted local option plans under which counties can act. But the “wets” are fighting back, claiming that prohibition will result in fraud and drinkers switching to drugs such as cocaine. They also say that statistics show the average workman spends $12.44 of his annual income of $768 on alcohol, scarcely more than he spends on tobacco. The abolition of the saloon has not wiped out vice or “grafting” politicians.
[ Whether it is alcohol or the so called refugees, the ‘do-gooders’ always get it wrong. ]