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was prohibited by law and more people read the Bible than otherwise would.

Should a law be passed tonight prohibiting the drinking of unfermented grape juice, every Prohibitionist in the country, who has a live spark of independence left in his soul, would mail a letter before breakfast tomorrow morning to Lincoln, Nebraska, inquiring where it can be had; and within two weeks the country would be filled with Prohibition bootleggers of grape juice, caring little for its quality.

If I'm design'd yon lordling's slave—
By Nature's law design'd-

Why was an independent wish
E'er planted in my mind?

-Robert Burns.



The National Prohibition Party was organized at a convention held in Chicago in September, 1869. In the following two years the party nominated candidates for governor and other State officers in a number of States. At the National Prohibition convention held in Columbus, Ohio, in February, 1872, candidates for President and Vicepresident of the United States were nominated to be voted upon at the general election in November of that year.

But the people were yet somewhat familiar with the working of State-wide Prohibition laws in fourteen States of the Union and the Prohibition candidates received less than one-tenth of one per cent of the votes cast at that election-less than one vote in every thousand.

The Prohibition vote continued about the same until twelve years later, when it was about one and one-half per cent of the vote cast. It was the greatest in its history in 1908, when it polled 263,231 votes, or about one and three-fourts per cent of the entire vote cast that year. And this fairly represents the real political, prohibition strength of the country, although the States of Georgia and North Carolina had just adopted Prohibition with a view of depriving the negroes of liquor and without any intention by the leaders of taking it from the white man. It was in line with the "grandfather" laws of the South in fixing the qualification of voters in order to deprive the negro of the franchise. The object of the prohibition movement in the Southern States is so well known, especially in the South, that no proof need be adduced in support of it. While slavery existed the Southern States had laws to deprive the slaves of liquor which did not apply to the white man.

Having shown the Prohibition political strength in the United States, by the votes in support of it up to 1908-and it has never been as great since I shall undertake to show that the prohibition of the manufacture and use of alcoholic liquors, as a beverage, is not the ultimate object of the leading Prohibitionists in the United States today, but is a subterfuge resorted to with no less an object in view than of obtaining control of our Government and abolishing the fundamental, democratic principles upon which it was founded.

Volumes might be written in support of this statement, but it is hoped that the space allotted to the subject in this work will be sufficient to awaken the American people to the grave dangers into which

we are drifting. "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," and it was never more needed in America than it is today.

Hundreds of thousands of honest, liberty-loving American people are lending their influence, obtained under false pretenses, to establish a Kingdom of the United States-a government by "divine right"with powers NOT derived "from the consent of governed." This is the proposition and Prohibition is only a means to that end. It is a cunning, deep-laid plot, but not difficult to expose when we come to investigate it.

The old idea was that the power to govern came from beyond the clouds, that the source of all authority in the affairs of men lay somewhere in the skies. Kings sat upon their thrones by divine right. They were answerable only to the gods from whom they derived their authority. The people were not citizens, but subjects; they had no voice in the affairs of government. They were supposed to be owned by the king. The right to rule not being derived from the people, the people had no rights which the king was bound to respect.

This idea prevailed throughout the world until 1776. Under the leadership and by the pen of that great democrat, Thomas Jefferson, reared in the democracy then prevailing in Old Virginia, believing that all men are created equal, and that no person had the divine right to rule over them; in the grandest political document the world ever saw, the people of the United States of America declared that "Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"-that is to say, the people. Upon this principle our Constitution was adopted. Our fathers placed upon the

reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States these words: "Novus Ordo Seculorum"-a New Order of Things. They retired the gods from politics and enthroned the people as rulers in the affairs of men.

In order to establish in practice this new idea of government, something more than a declaration of it was necessary. The American patriots bared their breasts to shot and shell, shed their blood and fought for seven long years against the divine right idea of George III and his hired Hessians. The patriots were opposed by thousands of traitorous Tories in America, but in time the new order of things was firmly established.

Some people are so constituted mentally that they never accepted the new doctrine that the people are the source of all just powers of government. In the days of the American Revolution they were known as Tories, who believed in the divine right of a few to rule all the people without their consent.

in the latter decades of the nineteenth century the enemies of the American principles of government organized themselves under the name of the National Reform Association, the avowed object and purpose of which was and is today to reverse the principles upon which our government is founded and proclaim and establish in the Constitution of the United States the old doctrine that our government obtains its authority, not from the people, but from somewhere in the skies.

By 1893 this Association had become so efficient in organization that it contained among its members many Governors of States, United States Senators and members of the national House of Representatives.

In January, 1894, at the instance and request of this association, there was simultaneously introduced in the Senate and House of the United States Congress a joint resolution proposing that the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States be amended by omitting the words: "in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity," and instead thereof insert the words: "Devoutly acknowledging the supreme authority and just government of Almighty God in all the affairs of men and nations," and some more Kaiser blasphemy along that line. This bold resolution, proposing an entire reversal of the principles upon which our government is founded was not reported from either committee to which it was referred.

But the Tory members of this Association were not to quit the fight. They have, however, somewhat changed their line of battle, with this, the ultimate object in view, and adopted Prohibition as a means to that end.

The official organ of The National Reform Association, in 1893, and up to this day, is The Christian Statesman, a monthly publication, which its editors boast has a monthly circulation of more than ten thousand copies.

The following quotations are all from one issue of The Christian Statesman, that of March, 1918, it being the only recent issue now at hand. In an editorial, written by one of the Associate Editors, R. C. Wylie, D.D., LL.D., we find this language:

"Either the State has or it has not the right to sovereignty. Let us suppose for a moment that no such right exists. In that case every one of these acts of sovereignty is an invasion, not only of the rights of men, but of the prerogatives of God. Is it possible that Christ as the adminis

trator of the divine government would take no notice of such
usurpation of divine prerogatives? The other alternative is
that States are really clothed with political sovereignty. It is
vested in the political body itself, embracing all the people.
What is its origin? It must be divine, since all authority in
the universe belongs primarily to God."

Could "Bill" Hohenzollern ask that his idea of government be stated more clearly?

In another editorial by Henry Collin Minton, LL.D., President of The National Reform Association, is found the following:

"A man may be a good soldier but a bad man. The martyr for CIVIL LIBERTY may be a slave in spiritual thralldom. It is a great mistake to regard military valor or patriotic services as a substitute for personal discipleship of the Lord Jesus Christ, or to accept allegiance to the flag, however pure, or to the State, however noble, for personal devotion to the King of kings and Lord of lords, whose authority is supreme.'

The capitalizing is mine, and it is done to call the special attention of the reader to the thought of Dr. Minton that civil liberty is hardly worth fighting for.

We turn to Education After the War," by David G. Wylie, D.D., PH.D., LL.D., and on pages 121-2 we find this:

"On account of the bitter feeling produced by the present war there exists a fierce antagonism in Europe and America against Prussian and German 'Kulture.' It can not, however, be denied that the Germans are a great people and have a marvelous educational system. The schools and universities of Germany have attracted students from every quarter of the globe. The German educational system places the Bible and Bible History among its studies. The German system gives patient thought to the smallest details. The world owes much to German 'Kulture'. At the present time there is

a tendency to eliminate religious and Christian sentiments from our school books, colleges, and universities. *** The educational system of the future should be built about God, the great Creator of the Universe, and about Jesus. Christ, the Moral Governor of the nations. * * * God alone knows what the future is to bring to the nations, but it is a comfort to know that He is on the throne."

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