be devised; all the while holding ourselves open to be answered, to be disputed, to be gainsaid, before that great tribunal, the public.
I wish I could impress on every man's mind to-night, this one thing.
The Temperance body ask nothing of the liquor dealer, nothing of the city, nothing of the State
, which it has not already granted in essence.
We are not on trial; we have gained the battle; we only ask to reap the fruits.
If anybody disputes us, if anybody says the Maine Liquor Law
is not good, that a license system would be better, we are willing to go with him into the argument; but that is argument.
We demand now that, having got the statute, we have a trial.
I challenge the press of the city, the journals of the liquor dealers, to answer that claim, a trial of the statute we have richly earned.
Some say that this law cannot be executed.
No law is perfectly executed.
Our jails and houses of correction are the evidence that no law is thoroughly executed; but what we claim is, that with fair materials, this law may be as well executed as any law as young as this.
Evidence is ready at hand that in the large cities of-Maine
, when there was as much wealth in proportion to numbers as here, four fifths of the drinking was killed by the execution of the Maine Liquor Law
; and I challenge the history of all legislation to show that any other law, one year old on the statute-book, was ever able to kill four fifths of the evil against which it was directed.
I claim as much, if not more, for the Maine Liquor Law
as any law has ever achieved.
When thoroughly executed, it killed four fifths of the sin which it attacked.
You know well that the stranger in the streets of New York, if he is disposed to indulge in the vices that are hidden, must seek out counsel and assistance in order to enable himself to indulge.
The main who has any purpose stands firm against the temptation, but many a man who has