A. P. Wilson Prosecuting Attorney Oaksville, Grays Harbor County, Washington
MUCH waste is known to flow from intoxicating liquor when used as a beverage. The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibits the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquor for beverage purposes.
Up to this time the law has spent nearly all its force prosecuting those who directly engage in the forbidden acts. However, the illicit traffic in liquor cannot exist without the use of tangible property, both real and personal. Back of this property is a property owner. Every bootlegger is known locally. If he cannot buy from the property owner and use his land and buildings he cannot function.
Men and women have come to believe that intoxicating liquor as a beverage takes food, clothing and shelter away from families, weakens character and is a fellow of crime. While the property owner takes no part in carrying on the trade he gathers to himself rents and profits from those that do.
An attempt is being made to outlaw intoxicating liquor when used as a beverage The great majority being agreed, they have the inalienable right to do so. We now suffer intoxicating liquor to come into existence and then try to suppress it. The more effective plan would be to so control property and the uses that may be made of it that intoxicating liquor cannot be manufactured or dealt in, and there will then be no liquor to suppress.
When laws are so made that they will affect property and its owner, and when the wrongful use of it brings