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Title: From Pine Village
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April 1st, 1869.

EDITOR REPUBLICAN:-Whilst others who write for your excellent paper, give their attention to what transpires in a certain village or township, I choose for a theme, the subjects of Interperance and the present Liquor License Law. A theme which should agitate the mind of every citizen of our nation.

Now that the smoke and dust of the late poilitical campaign is over; and politicians have abandoned the field of labor, and have gone to their homes rejoicing over the victories just won, we would urge it upon the minds of the great masses, to petition our Legislators to amend the Liquor License Law so as to prohibit the sale of ardent spirits in our land. If we had a law allowing the voters of a township to say whether an individual should sell Alcoholic stimulants in their midst or not, the land would soon be rid of legalized murderers. But how can the masses secure such a law? I think such a bill came up in the Legislature, at Indianapolis, a few years ago--perhaps in 1865-but was voted down; and if my mind serves me right, the Representative from Warren County opposed the bill. How long will the people suffer themselves to vote for a man that will aid in voting down a just and wanted bill? Temperance organizations may meet in every village and city of our nation, and sing their temperance odes, initiate members and deliver lectures, yet the great object they have in view will have to be settled at the ballot box. We must not send men to legislate for us unless we know them to be temperance men. Men that we know money will not buy. The floodgates of opposition have long since opened upon us; but the everlasting arms have been underneath us.-- We have no flag of truce to present to our enemles; for a complete victory must be attained. "Victory or death" should be the watchword of the masses, into whose hands the power is given, to obtain the prize which we have petitioned our Legislature's to grant us. Shall I say that some, yes a majority of the members of the Legislature, possessed not moral courage sufficient to contend with our mighty foe, and say thus far shalt thou go and no farther. They have left the great question for us to answer.

Friends of human happiness and prosperity, delay not to set down the right foot of that power with which you are now vested. With your hands upon the unfailing truth of him who has provided a ransom, and swear by your united efforts that you will break the strong arms of Alcohol. Wait not till the bottles containing the tears of murdered wives and orphaned children are poured out upon us as so many vials of wrath, engulhing us in its saliniferous flood. We will not vote for men to legislate for us, that will enact laws, to protect the man who holds the cup of poison to the lips of his neighbor. Pouring madness into his brain and cursing into his heart. And when the great masses say this, we can hope to have a temperate nation of people. If the present Legislature fails to listen to the petitions of the people, for a law to protect them from the ravages of intemperance, it surely will be a warning to the voters in the future. We have heard the agonizing cry of widows and orphans when we had not power to deliver.--The moral night has been a long and dark one; and we have waited patiently for the dawning of a better day. I desire then to call the attention of the people to the subject of personal accountability, that they may see the importance of keeping the right kind of men in office. The sentiments of the masses must be cast in the right mould; the standard of feeling on this, as all other questions of moral reform, must be elevated in the public mind, and there is where the true reformer and philanthropist must direct his labors. Then let us advocate true temperance principles, and vote for men of great moral courage.

Yours Truly,

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Date: 4/15/1869
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00002003
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings scrapbooks
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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