Matt Riehm 93-Year-Old Police Officer Virginia City, Nevada
YOU are receiving great praise from the American people for making your liberal and wonderful offer. I myself more than praise you. If your offer will make a success of the enforcement of the dry law you deserve a monument that will pierce the clouds.
Below is the best and only way the dry law can be enforced.
In the first place the drinker of intoxicants must be punished as well as the maker.
The drinker is the worst criminal of the two. The drinker will murder his wife and children. The maker will not do that. If there were no drinkers there would be no makers. The drinker must be punished before the dry law can become effective.
Congress can not make a law prohibiting the drinking of intoxicants, but Congress can enact a law to make the receiving of unlawful goods a felony.
A law of this kind would be constitutional. The drinker could be easily convicted, because he carries the evidence with him that he received unlawful goods.
We have a law that makes the receiving of stolen property a felony. A law prohibiting the receiving of unlawful goods would be the same and would be constitutional.
A United States Senator or Congressman who would not vote for a law that would prohibit the receiving of unlawful goods would prove himself a very unpatriotic citizen and would allow the Constitution of the United States to be trampled on.