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

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START ALL OVER WITH ENFORCERS

O. D. Williams Sheriff, Warrenton, North Carolina

AS sheriff of a little county in North Carolina, and a man who has been for a long period closely associated with the present liquor law, I shall set out below, not with the idea of receiving Mr. Durant's prize, but the best plan as I see it to make the 18th Amendment effective and the law upon our statutes respected.

My remedy, and a short one, to make the United States bone dry, now and for always, is first, have those in authority ask for the resignation of all prohibition officers and start over anew, employing honest, sober, and upright men, the kind of men the bootleggers' purse can't attract.

Learn in advance that they are men of this type by a diligent inquiry into their moral standing in the city, town or community from which they come.

Still further, the good people of the United States, and every part of it, must give their time and influence to see that the same class of men are elected or appointed to fill the various offices throughout the entire country from county constable up to President. Can we expect much good to come from the 18th Amendment so long as we have men in office and judges on the bench who are supposed to lead us in the law-abiding paths but instead are lending a helping hand to bootleggers? I say NO.


Citizens Echo Officers' Disrespect

The liquor law under the present enforcement is treated with utter contempt, largely due, I believe, to the disrespect shown this great law by those in authority to enforce it.

There must first be placed in authority to enforce this great law the class of men I referred to above. And last but

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