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The Fortnightly Review, Vol. 24 free pdf Excerpt from The Fortnightly Review, Vol. 24: January 1, 1917 Prohibition is the one question on which they find themselves able to unite, the only agency by which they can hope to influence the people. They welcome Billy Sunday because he emphasizes what they all regard as a common ideal. Henry Ford also champions prohibition, like so many other big employers who advocate the Taylor system and try to convert their workingmen into machines." Mr. Kenkel shows how foolish are those who combat prohibition from the point of view of "personal liberty," and adds: "Alcoholic beverages are not a necessity. A man can satisfy his hunger and thirst without them. They do not belong to the necessaries of life. On the other hand the injury that alcohol causes is so great at times that Society and the State are justified in considering the advisability of forbidding its manufacture and sale. The only question that arises is whether the evil of drunkenness and the habitual abuse of strong drink can be cured in no other, more effective way than by statutory prohibition, and whether prohibition would really bring about the desired reform- also, whether it is right and just to deprive millions of men of a means of enjoyment for the sole reason that a comparatively small number abuse the same. Our opinion is that the abuse of alcoholic drinks could be stamped out without adopting the drastic measure of prohibition. Italy and Spain furnish proofs of this assertion. In the long run more will be accomplished by employing moral means than by calling in the police. Our misfortune is that America, as a whole, has no agency able to apply such means, and consequently prohibition is certain to grow until the last brewery and the last distillery have been legislated out of existence- and then people will find that a nation can practice abstinence from strong drink without being virtuous." We need hardly add that this view of the matter agrees with our own. Romance And The War It is strange to read in the literary magazines how many books and stories concerning the European war have been forbidden by the "German censors," and how, as a consequence, the poor author is forced to send his precious manuscript to "Switzerland" or to some unbiassed and high-minded publisher in a neutral country. We have heard this concerning so many books and brochures on the gi eat war that we are getting somewhat suspicious. The latest work said to have merited this fate is a romance of the war by one Dr. Edward Stilgebauer. A reviewer in the New York Times Book Review (September 10) offers the information that "in order to write and publish the book Dr. Stilgebauer exiled himself from his native land, and in consequence of its publication he does not now dare return to Germany, where, also, it is forbidden to own, sell or read the volume. It was published in a Dutch translation in Holland a year ago, and appeared in German in Switzerland last spring." We are then treated to the following synopsis of the book, which is entitled, "Love's Inferno" "The primary purpose of Dr. Stilgebauer is to scourge the makers of the war mainly by picturing the awful deeds of the battlefield. But as a vessel in which to offer the draft of human blood, he fashions a human, pitiful love story. The young wife of a Prussian major, fair and sweet, and of fine intelligence and high soul, loves better than she does her husband and is loved by a captain in the same regiment. She had married the major, nearly twice her age, only to save her father from ruin. Their affection is innocent, but the major suspects them and manoeuvres his troops on the front in France in such a way as to compass, if possible, the death of the captain. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com

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Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331863775
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