life, public and private, was rotten to the very core.
Now, therefore, what we have gained is a law reiterated.
We have got the court and the legislature on our side; what further do we ask?
Well, in tie various counties of the State
, more or less direct and honest effort has been made to carry out the law. We do not stop to say how honest or how direct; that is not our business tonight.
Our business is with the fact, that in this city no effort has ever been made to carry it out; and in saying that I am not throwing any particular blame on any individual officer.
Tie mayor and the aldermen are as good as the average; our police agents and subordinates are not open to exception.
It is not the machine, it is the creator of the machine with whom we quarrel.
It is not the police nor the mayor, but it is the elements that make both.
The reasons why no effort has been made, are plain enough on the very surface of affairs.
They were alluded to by my friend, Rev. Dr. Miner
, just now. Nineteen hundred and fifty-one places in this city, where, illegally, liquor is sold, in open defiance of the law; eight or ten millions of dollars on this peninsula invested in the manufacture and sale of liquor; two or three million dollars' worth sold and consumed annually in the city itself.
Every man familiar with the machinery of democratic institutions knows that two thousand men, with ten millions of dollars behind them, commanding from three to seven thousand votes, as they readily may, can hold the balance in any election, and make it beyond question that no candidate can ever be ventured by either party, who is not pledged, publicly or privately, not to execute this law of the State
Every man knows that that power, thus massed up, can control the municipal government of the city of Boston
But we are not now finding fault with this state of things.