Charles L. Cowell Chief Yeoman, U. S. Coast Guard Portsmouth, N. H.
IT must be recognized that any plan for the successful enforcement of the prohibition law must include as a most important feature an aggressive, intelligently planned effort to enlist the active support of those people who, for one reason or another, have become pessimistic regarding the possibility of enforcing this law.
Still another class consists of normally law-abiding citizens, many of whom are in favor of prohibition as a national measure, but do not practice it in their private lives and thereby assist in the process of nullification.
It is necessary to convince the classes referred to that it is the determination of the government to enforce this law, and bring to their realization that it is their duty as citizens to give their full co-operation and assistance toward enforcement. This can be done by educative propaganda.
The government must initiate and disseminate this propaganda through available publicity channels; it can be taken for granted that the decent element of the public press, once it realizes the government has adopted a program that promises successful enforcement, will give its full support.
Of the forces now engaged in the suppression of illegal liquor traffic, observation indicates that the Coast Guard has achieved the most satisfactory results. It is admitted that some members of this organization have been implicated in bribery cases, but these have been few, and those found guilty have been promptly punished.