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Crime and Drunkenness Increase under So-Called "Control":
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(caption title) Crime and Drunkenness Increase under So-Called "Control"
United Dry Forces of North Carolina.
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[North Carolina]
[United Dry Forces of North Carolina]
[1937]

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Crime and Drunkenness Increase Under
So-Called "Control"

        The Wets claim that Liquor Stores will reduce drinking and promote temperance. The Drys deny this and claim that legalizing liquor increases drinking with its resulting evils.

        Read the evidence from Counties that operate liquor stores.

WILSON COUNTY

        Repealists usually refer to the Wilson County Liquor Stores as their most successful venture. The December 18th issue of the News and Observer quoted Hon. O. P. Dickinson, Judge of the Wilson County Court, as saying: "I am sure if one will look at the records of this court, they will find that there are more convictions for drunken driving in this county than almost any other county in the State."

        The public records of Wilson County show that drinking, drunkenness and other evil effects of liquor have increased since the County Liquor Stores opened.

        

ARRESTS IN WILSON INVOLVING LIQUOR DURING A PERIOD OF 20 MONTHS BESORE COUNTY LIQUOR STORES

YEAR MONTH Public Drunkenness Drunk and Disorderly Operating Motor Vehicle Intoxicated Possessing For Sale
1933 November 55 10 05 25
1933 December 31 08 06 12
1934 January 37 11 06 06
1934 February 28 07 03 09
1934 March 22 07 06 06
1934 April 30 08 05 20
1934 May 26 09 02 16
1934 June 25 07 03 08
1934 July 39 09 04 07
1934 August 34 07 02 16
1934 September 41 06 06 14
1934 October 51 11 07 13
1934 November 47 07 12 01
1934 December 41 09 11 04
1935 January 41 05 07 06
1935 February 23 07 03 07
1935 March 50 08 07 15
1935 April 43 17 13 10
1935 May 35 07 06 06
1935 June 40 11 04 09
      739 171 118 200

        

ARRESTS IN WILSON INVOLVING LIQUOR DURING A PERIOD OF 20 MONTHS AFTER COUNTY LIQUOR STORES

YEAR MONTH Public Drunkenness Drunk and Disorderly Operating Motor Vehicle Intoxicated Possessing For Sale
1935 July 46 06 07 08
1935 August 68 10 06 08
1935 September 134 15 20 24
1935 October 73 16 10 17
1935 November 80 09 15 13
1935 December 69 12 20 21
1936 January 38 10 07 09
1936 February 33 05 07 14
1936 March 55 12 11 05
1936 April 24 03 09 04
1936 May 34 07 07 09
1936 June 51 04 05 09
1936 July 35 04 06 10
1936 August 60 08 09 16
1936 September 135 15 20 24
1936 October 120 19 17 10
1936 November 86 06 06 08
1936 December 45 13 05 07
1937 January 42 06 02 06
1937 February 44 10 04 16
      1255 194 185 242

        This is to certify that the above is compiled from the official records on file in the Police Department of the Town of Wilson, North Carolina.

J. R. GARRIS, Desk Sgt., Police Dept.

March 20, 1937.

        These figures indicate that as far as arrests are concerned, public drunkenness increased about 70 per cent; arrests for being drunk and disorderly increased about 13 per cent; drunken driving increased about 57 per cent; and arrests for bootlegging increased about 21 per cent.

ONSLOW COUNTY

        "Since the opening of the liquor store in Jacksonville, in our opinion there has been an increase in drunken driving and drunkenness generally and that it has not stopped bootlegging."

"I. W. STARLING, J. B. SCOTT."


        It is reported that the records in one J. P. Court in Jacksonville show that during a period of six months before the liquor store opened there were 21 drunks and during six months after the store opened there were 58 drunks.

MARTIN COUNTY

(News Story in The Enterprise)

        "Conditions surrounding the illicit manufacture of liquor and its allied activities in the Free Union section and in some other sections of this county were described as 'the worst' he had ever known by Sheriff C. B. Roebuck yesterday, following a raid in the 'Little Peoria' Section of Jamesville Township the day before.

        "Finding a barrel of liquor in the home of Milton James, colored, in Free Union, Sunday morning, the officer, accompanied by Jailer Roy Peel, declared that the Alcoholic Beverage Control system had not effected any improvement there; that, in his opinion, conditions were even worse now than they were before."

CRAVEN COUNTY

        "I have been an official in Craven County for 38 years and I am now and have been jailer for 12 years. My records show that conditions as relates to public drunkenness and drunken driving in New Bern are at least 50 per cent worse since the liquor stores were opened here. This is particularly noticeable among white boys from 16 to 25 years old.

"C. LUPTON"

NASH COUNTY

        "We have more drunkenness because of the ABC stores."

(Signed) G. D. WHEELESS, Policeman

Rocky Mount.

        Spring Hope, N. C.--"Since the opening of liquor stores in Spring Hope and Nash County. there has been an increase in drunkenness, drunken driving and disorderly conduct generally. In our opinion, the liquor stores have not eliminated bootlegging, but have made conditions worse instead of better."

(Signed) J. J. PROCTOR, Mayor

J. R. LAUGHTER, Constable

JOHN R. BAKER, Merchant

B. C. DELBRIDGE, Town Commissioner

W. M. DELBRIDGE, Merchant

O. B. BAINES, Hardware Dealer

J. J. PITTS, Banker

C. B. BRANTLEY, Jr., Bookkeeper


        Nashville, N. C.--"Since the opening of liquor stores in Nashville and Nash County, in our opinion there has been an increase in drunken driving and in drunkenness generally. In our opinion, opening of liquor stores has not stopped bootlegging."

(Signed) H. E. MAY, Solicitor Recorders Court

MRS. ITIMOUS T. VALENTINE

M. C. GULLEY, Merchant


EDGECOMBE COUNTY

        Tarboro, N. C.--"Marked increase in drunkenness since opening liquor stores here. City Court records show undisputable evidence of increased drunkenness."

(Signed) J. L. PEACOCK

CHESTER ALEXANDER

J. W. FORBES

WARREN COUNTY

        Warrenton, N. C.--"There is fifty per cent more drinking in Warren County since the opening of the liquor stores and it is done very publicly. The liquor stores have not attracted any business to the county. Money that is being spent for liquor should be spent for necessities."

(Signed) G. R. FRAZIER, Merchant

VANCE COUNTY

        Henderson, N. C.--"In our opinion, the opening of the liquor store in Vance County has generally increased consumption of liquor and drunkenness. It is the general impression that there is still a large number of bootleggers. The net result of the liquor store is only a convenient place to get more liquor."

(Signed) W. R. VAUGHAN, Railroad Agent

L. C. KERNER, Druggist

J. M. HUGHES, Furniture Dealer

FRANKLIN COUNTY

        The following was printed in The Franklin Times:

January 22, 1937. "Mr. A. F. Johnson, Editor,
Franklin Times,
Luoisburg, N. C.

"Dear Sir:

        "Answering your letter of Jan. 18, 1937, I find the following:

        "For the year 1935, there were arrests in Louisburg for public drunkenness and drunk and disorderly numbering 142, while 17 arrests were made for operating an automobile while under the influence of whiskey.

        "For the year 1936, there were 309 arrests for public drunkenness and drunk and disorder, and 32 for operating an automobile while under the influence of whiskey.

        "Hoping this is the information wanted, I am,

"Yours truly,

"W. C. WEBB, Mayor"


        If you are opposed to liquor, vote "against County
Liquor Control Stores."

        UNITED DRY FORCES OF NORTH CAROLINA