S. L. K. Detroit, Michigan
THE writer has been working with the government for about three years as a special informer, so I just know what should be done to stop bootlegging.
I think the man who makes whisky should be sent to jail for not less than two years and fined not less than $2,000 or given five years' probation and a fine of $2,000. By probation we have a chance to see him every week, where he is staying and what he is doing.
Second, the man in the saloon business who is selling whisky should be sentenced for about the same time, two years and $1,000 or five years' probation. Padlock the place. But the saloon business is run sometimes by partners, three, four or five. The best way for the agent is to visit three or four different times and get them all.
I have had twenty years' experience working for the public. I know what should be done with offenders. I should like to have myself about 50 men with me and I could show how. The man who makes whiskey is not selling but hires somebody else and delivers for them and makes for them, but he only collects money from those places which buy.
Now to get them the agent must have enough experience and know how to get in, because it is very hard to talk to the man when coming as a stranger. That means the agents must have enough time and enough money.
An American born and raised in this country who breaks the law should lose his citizenship and the foreigner who comes to this country and breaks the law should be sent back to his country. That is the only way to cure them.
Please keep this confidential as to my address as I was almost beaten to death at one time in 1926.