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and children" & continued "conditions were so bad particularly in the outlying districts around the country store, we had to do something." "We made a bargain with the anti-saloon leaders to come in with them on certain conditions - we gentlemen had no idea of giving up our personal liberty. I have never been drunk in my life and never expect to be, but I've always had a drink on proper occasions and no man shall tell me I cannot continue to have it. The anti-saloon league broke faith with us soon as we put the state over and I am done with them forever." Mrs. Hooper told me the way the 18th amend. finally got thru congress was by the power of big business realizing they must take liquor away from the laboring man - same reasoning! At our state Democratic convention there was a certain room where liquor was dispensed freely; and one of our local news paper men returned ill with a broken shoulder and an explanation whereby hangs a harrowing tale. But the news papers evidently did not consider that news. It is told only in whispers. From all reports of the Kansas City convention Mr. Hoover is indebted to Mr. Mellon (and Mr. Vare) for his nomination. It has been suggested he will pay that indebtedness and "continue Mr. Coolidge policy" by retaining Mr. Mellon where he is, that he will make strenuous promises of "enforcing the law" as all our office holders have been doing since 1920 and be as close mouthed as Coolidge about any definite plans and promises. The one thing I admire in Smith is his courage to state out and out what he intends to do, even in the face of his party's platform but I marvel how such as Adele Clark can stand for that. If Mr. Hoover will be as frank and outspoken and definite in his plans for enforcement we Democrat women of the South will have something to stand on and will fight to the finish for him but with such platitudes as we have been fed on in the past we are indeed now between the devil and the deep blue sea.