Frederick C. Dezendorf Head of Plant Control, Prohibition Unit Washington, D. C.
MY plan is to accept the National Prohibition Act, which was the first step taken by Congress to enforce the 18th Amendment as the basic act, and with my proposed amendments build up and strengthen the said National Prohibition Act, thereby rendering the 18th Amendment effective.
All laws to be successfully enforced should be made to apply to all alike, the rich and the poor, the high and the low. Otherwise the law will be regarded as discriminating in favor of one class as against the other class of people.
The provision of the National Prohibition Act (Section 33) which allowed liquors to be retained by those possessing same in their private dwellings when the said Act became effective, to be used for the owner's personal, family and guests' use, has made many of the poor and humble class claim that they were discriminated against. They say that the high and rich have no objection to the law enforcement because they have stocked their wine cellars or storerooms with the best of liquor and are allowed to serve them at will to themselves, their family and friends, while the poor man who comes up from the bowels of the earth in a coal mine, or the fireman from the red hot furnace, is not able to refresh his thirst and body with even a glass of beer or wine.
While courts have held this provision of the Act legal and not discriminating in law, because the poor man had the same right to lay aside a supply of liquors for his use, yet
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Publication information: Book title: Law Observance:Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?. Contributors: W. Durant C. - Editor. Publisher: Durant Award Office. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1929. Page number: 196.
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