Law Observance: Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?

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AWAKEN THE PATRIOTIC CONSCIENCE BY DISSEMINATING INFORMATION

Garfield A. Roberds District Judge, Olathe, Kansas

THE adoption of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was not accomplished by a mere spasmodic effort on the part of those interested in its adoption, but, on the other hand, this amendment was made a part of the fundamental law of our land after a crusade of temperance education and appeal that had been made through a period of time reaching many decades into history.

Its adoption was the culmination and result of an educational program which the "temperance crusader" had unceasingly carried on through the use of many agencies, including the pulpit, the lecture platform, temperance instruction in the schools, by articles published in newspapers, books and tracts, by the work of temperance societies and by many aggressive national and state political campaigns conducted by the Prohibition Party.

Through these and other agencies there had been the unceasing urge for temperance legislation and continuous instruction on the evils of intemperance. And during this period of time a generation has grown up under the influence of this program.

This educational program not only included instruction as to the detrimental financial, physical and moral results that come from the liquor business, but it included the other element, namely, that intoxicating liquor forms no necessity for the requirements of life.

Since its adoption the 18th Amendment has been called an experiment by many, and many have urged that the

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