have been now
had not some beneficent agency arrested our downward progress.
These evils left to themselves increase by no simple addition, but in cubic ratio.
Does Dr. Crosby
fancy this active movement and vast mass of fact, opinion, and testimony can exist without beneficial influence in an age ruled by brains?
He does not, then, understand moral forces or his own times.
When, twenty-five years ago, Frederick Douglas
was painting the Antislavery movement as a failure unless we would load our guns, Sojourner Truth
, is God dead?”
When I see the Doctor
's unbelief in the efficacy of the moral power and the weight of this mass of conviction, I am tempted to ask him: “Is your God dead?”
closes by stating his plan and panacea.
It is a regulated license.
I will not delay you by criticising his or any other license plan.
The statute-books in forty States are filled with the abortions of thousands of license laws that were never executed, and most of them were never intended to be. We have as good a license law in this State as was ever devised, and yet it leaves such an amount of gross, defiant, unblushing grog-selling as discourages Dr. Crosby
and leads him to think nothing at all has been done.
His own city, with license laws, is yet so ruled and plundered by rum that timid statesmen advise giving up republicanism and borrowing a leaf from Bismarck
to help us.
License has been tried on the most favorable circumstances and with the best backing for centuries,--ten or twelve, at least; yet Dr. Crosby
stands confounded before the result.
We have never been allowed to try prohibition, except in one State and in some small circuits.
Wherever it has been tried it has succeeded.
Friends who know claim this.
Enemies, who have been for a dozen years ruining their teeth by biting files,