Cambridge as a no-license city.
That a city of more than eighty thousand inhabitants should for ten ears in succession vote against the licensing of saloons implies the existence of conditions sufficiently novel and interesting to repay study.
No caprice, either of enthusiasm or of indignation, can account for such action.
It is to be explained only by a deliberate purpose, grounded in sound reason at the beginning, and sustained and justified by results.
voted in favor of license for five years after the local-option law became operative; the possibilities of that system were fully tested, and the first majority against license, at the election in December, 1886, expressed the protest of public sentiment against saloon arrogance, lawlessness and corruption.
Those days are now., happily, so far in the past that few, perhaps, outside of the number of those who were directly concerned in city administration, recall vividly how exacting were the demands of the saloon interests, and to what an extent their evil influence was felt in city politics and government.
A striking illustration of this influence was given in the act of the Board of Aldermen of 1886 in granting a license to the Dewire saloon on Kirkland Street, in spite of the remonstrances of the residents in that vicinity, and in accordance with the declaration of the Chairman
of the Committee
on Licenses, that moral interests were entitled to no consideration in such matters.
At about the same time, two saloon