THE LIQUOR PROBLEM IN ITS RELATIONS TO CRIME.
IN order that the reader, fully realizing the necessary limitations of this research, may take the statistics at their true value, we preface our analysis with some observations of a general character.
To a greater extent than the investigations of poverty and pauperism, the present involves a psychological element affecting both the investigator and his subject. A densely ignorant convict -- and we find many such -- cannot be expected to view his past in a very clear perspective, or to distinguish unerringly between the circumstances and events that influenced his development into a criminal. Neither is it probable that the warped mind of the "born" criminal (if there be such) will permit him to see things in their true relations. Yet the object was to draw from both classes of convicts a life history, which to answer the purpose required a nice discrimination between factors that, singly or in combination, were most active in giving bent to the character and shaping a future career.
To ascertain the truth, then, it was a requisite either that the convict himself should be able to determine which causes were the most immediate in leading him to a condition which induced the crime and their relations to each other, or that the investigator, having learned what could be learned, should possess sufficient