D. M. Hazelton United States Commissioner, Gouverneur, New York
IT has been well said that, "Money is the root of all evil," and that is especially true if it is "easy" money like the big profits supposed to be made in the dope and liquor business. I have grave doubts, in my own mind, about the large profits in the liquor business except in some scattering cases, but the general public have the impression of big profits.
The question of the modification of the 18th Amendment and putting of the government into the liquor business as forced upon the voters at the recent election seems to have been settled for all time in favor of enforcement of the Amendment.
Living in New York State I shall preface my statement with consideration of the necessity for a state enforcement law.
The prohibition office for this district has in its territory six counties or more and at no time during the last two years have there been stationed here more than 16 prohibition enforcement officers and most of the time some are in some other district or at court so the force usually is not more than 7 to 10 men. It does not need any investigation to know that it is utterly impossible for that force of men to stop illegal sales in this district.
In this same district are probably upwards of 1000 sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and constables who do nothing at present to enforce the law. Police of some cities and villages have given some assistance. Neither does it need an investigation to know how effective the enforcement would be if
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 283.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.