Harold C. Keyes, New York Formerly in United States Secret Service
THE most important resistance met with in the enforcement of the 18th Amendment is the almost universal belief that prohibition can not be enforced. But government police work has successfully coped with violations of other federal laws, and I sincerely believe it can successfully enforce the prohibition amendment. The National Prohibition or Volstead Act is strong enough to enforce the 18th Amendment, if the federal authorities will attack the problem in the same manner as they do violations of other federal statutes.
The following suggestions are respectfully submitted by one who has carefully studied the subject and brought to it his experience of many years in the government service.
Every violation of any of the provisions of the Volstead Act that requires more than one person to conspire is, by virtue of the law itself, classified as a felony in the same category as violations of the counterfeiting and narcotic laws.
The public does not properly appreciate this point and does not regard the violator of the Volstead Act with the same abhorrence as the white slaver, the drug peddler, the counterfeiter or the forger, though all are felons in the eyes of the law.
The 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act are constantly held up to ridicule and contempt by the press, the stage, etc. The government, on the other hand, has never expended a