By Major Chester P. Mills* Former Prohibition Administrator, Metropolitan District New York
ANY plan logically carried out and energetically pushed to a definite conclusion is better than no plan at all. Unfortunately, except for the Coast Guard, the federal agencies charged with enforcement have never adopted any one plan and carried it through.
There is no necessity for, nor can there be tolerated any violation of an individual's personal rights in enforcing the law, but there can be no leniency shown the individual regardless of his political, social or financial standing, who enriches himself by wilful disobedience of law.
The agencies of enforcement must keep the public fully informed a to their policies and aims and so conduct themselves as to obtain and keep the respect of all classes.
The Volstead Act was well conceived and well written. Its provisions are capable of enforcement with few if any legislative changes.
The governmental agencies charged with carrying out the provisions of the Act were not well organized originally and had little conception as to the scope of the work necessitated and the responsibility placed upon them. To this failure may be attributed most of the difficulty now being encountered in proper enforcement.
The Act authorized a continuation of the use of commercial alcohol, redefining the statutes then in force.
Commercial alcohol was again divided into two classes,____________________