Michael J. Murphy Chief Corporation Inspector Lawrence, Massachusetts
AT the present time I am chief corporation inspector at Lawrence, Massachusetts, and I am eighty years of age I retire from active police work at the end of this year after fifty-three years of active police work, during which time I have served in all the positions from a patrolman pounding a night beat to the chief of the department.
For the past twenty years I have been handling the police problems for the large industrial plants located in this district. And during more than half a century of dealing with problems arising from crime I have had to study very deeply the effect of liquor upon human nature and I have observed and studied and given much thought to the 18th Amendment, and the best way to make this law effective.
To begin with, we hear too much nonsense about the evils of the 18th Amendment; and not enough about the great good that the establishment of this law has effected. If there is any person qualified to speak about the evils of liquor it is a police officer who has had to contend with the evils of the saloon and the effects of liquor upon human beings, men and women who were held in its grip. For 33 years I battled the best I could with this evil in my own community, and I was unsuccessful in doing any more than any other self-respecting policeman could do, and that was to try and make the liquor dealers observe the law. I could not prevent the unfortunates from entering the saloon when they were sober, though I knew only too well how they would stagger from the saloon after spending their hard earned money on drink. I could not prevent a man with a wife and several children from entering a saloon on a pay day with his week's wages in his pocket, although I knew