Baltimore Evening Sun (31 March 1914): 6.


Though the prohibition amendment of the estimable Anti-Saloon League has been put to death in the House of Delegates, the files of both houses are still full of liquor legislation–local option bills, search-and-seizure bills, gallon-a-month bills, schoolhouse bills, and so on. Working all day Sunday, my agents at Annapolis unearthed no less than 54 of them, as follows:

H. 430, the prohibition amendment, was killed in the House last week by a vote of 57 to 42, and this vote also disposed of S. 372, which was exactly similar in terms. H. 529, providing for prohibition in Govans, was promoted by a clerical uplifter of that fair suburb, but the unfeeling Temperance Committee sat upon it, and it is now dead. H. 734 is the pet of the Lord’s Day Alliance. It prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages anywhere save in the bar where they are sold, and is aimed at the drinking groves at Back River. My agents report that it is dead. H. 81 provides for the medical treatment of alcoholics. H. 259 is designed to relieve kaif-keepers who are deceived by minors who pretend to be of age. H. 201, as amended, is identical with S. 281: both are designed to relieve those bona fide clubs that cannot afford to pay the present $1,000 liquor license.

H. 79 is the famous gallon-a-month bill, over which there has been such a row on the Eastern Shore. It limits the amount of booze that a local optionist may bring into dry territory to one gallon of whisky and six dozen bottles of beer a month. Most of the home boozers of the Shore were in favor of a quart a day, and some of them even advocated a gallon a day, but after a long and bitter debate, a gallon a month was decided on. Every adult, whether male or female, is entitled to bring in this much by express. Thus a dry “dry” with a wife and two grown daughters may have four gallons of whisky and 24 dozen bottles of beer a month--enough to keep him agreeably enthusiastic. S. 592 is a blanket bill, extending this benign privilege to the “drys” of all the Eastern Shore counties. Such is prohibition!

Incidentally, has the Rev. Dr. Charles M. Levister heard the sad news from Coatesville, Pa.? If not, I shall be glad to break it to him.