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Will the return of liquor solve the crime problem in Wilkes? Is an indifferent attitude toward the enforc^
ment of the prohibition laws as satisfactory as strict enforcement? What effect will the repeal of the Eigh
teenth Amendment have upon crime and automobile accidents?
These are questions the intelligent man is asking himself as November 7—elec^ day—api^aches.
What are the answers? There is no better way to study these questions than to delve mto the tncts.
For the purpose of comparison, two corresponding periods were studied to ascertain conditions in Wilkes
county. These two periods are from May 1, 1932, to Noveml^r 1, 1932 ^d from
1, 1933. Why were these periods chosen? Because May 1, 1933 marks the date when KING BEER—the so-
called great benefactor of mankind and tax-reducing stimulant—was placed on the throne in North Caro
In the period from May 1,1932, to November 1,1932, there was reasonably strict enforcement of Ae national
and state prohibition laws in Wilkes county. In the period from May 1, 1933, to November 1, 1933, Kmg
Beer was with us and little enforcement of the liquor laws, federal officers having been withdrawn and an
indifferent attitude taken toward enforcement.
Here Are the Facts:
There were 75 per cent more murders in the 1933 period under a non-enforcement poUcy than there were in
the 1932 period when there was an honest effort to control liquor.
Eighty per cent of the automobile accident faUlities occuring during the two periods occurred during the
non-enforcement period of this year.
There were 109 more liquor cases tried in the North Wilkesboro mayor’s court in the non-enforcement period
than during the period of last year.
May 1, 1932, To
(Under Prohibition Enforcement)
June 13, 1932—Lester Bauguess killed by his father,
June 12, 1932—^Wayne Norman killed by Bryant
FATAL AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS
One killed in accident in wiuch liquor was reported to
May 1,1933 To
May 26,19933—Gilbert Parks (col.) killed by Snicker
May 31, 19933—Policeman James R. Grayson killed
by Glenn Walsh.
June 4, 1933—Clyde Anderson allegedly killed by
June 11, 1933—Martin Hinshaw killed by Herschel
June 18, 1933—Noah Brown, in drunken condition,
shot by mistake by Crom Dancy.
October 1933—^Lum Anderson allegedly killed
by Fred Glass.
FATAL yUJTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS