law that prevails in Boston
is made in yonder statehouse and recorded in the statute-book of the Commonwealth
The question to be asked in regard to such law is, whether the public opinion of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
If that opinion does, then Boston
has one duty, and but one,--to obey it
. Is there anything undemocratic in that?
Is there any breach of municipal or individual liberty in that?
seceded from Berkshire
I contend that Boston
is a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
and bound to obey her law. Now, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
, after thirty years of discussion, after the most exhaustive debate, after statistics piled mountain high on both sides, after every other method has been tried and has failed, has decided that what is called the Maine Liquor Law
shall be the law of the Commonwealth
That is not sentiment, that is a fact.
If you doubt it, go to the Secretary of State
's office and get a certified copy.
That is an indisputable fact, that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
has deliberately chosen this method of carrying out her Temperance purpose.
Does any man say it is not a good method?
My friend, that is not admissible.
We have floated beyond that level of argument.
The liquor dealers say it is not a good method.
You are out of order!
You do not belong to this stage of discussion!
We have funded thirty years of labor in that statute which the Governor
has signed and the Secretary of State
When it was first enacted, the liquor dealers of the State
did not like it. They went to the legislature, but the legislature stood unmoved.
Having failed there, they went to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court, after thorough investigation, said, “It is law!”
How far, then, have the Temperance people travelled?
Let us stop, and take an inventory.
We have a law on