Mikkel Mikkelsen Officer in Charge, Coast Guard No. 189 Norfolk, Virginia
AS a matter of fact it will be impossible to clean up entirely as disobedience to prohibition laws must be regarded like disobedience to any other criminal law. Improvement will, therefore, be all that can be expected.
Strictly conscientious prohibition agents should be employed and any one found to the contrary should be dispensed with.
Energetic work should be required of all prohibition officers, night and day.
The writer is and has been employed by the U. S. Coast Guard since December 1925. I have patrolled our coast from north to south and know that very little liquor, if any worthy of notice, is reaching our shores from the sea direct.
Liquor can, however, be smuggled into the country by various ways difficult to control.
Ships coming from other countries with case cargoes, for instance, can have liquor stowed away in the interior of the cases or boxes, regardless of the contents marked outside to the contrary. In order to guard against this, every case or container must be opened. The same applies to liquid in barrels, jars or the like. Each container will have to be examined, and the mere description outside should not be depended upon.
In my opinion General Butler exercised a strict control in Philadelphia during his assignment to prohibition enforcement and I think the marines could do excellent service in regard to the enforcement of the 18th Amendment.