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New York Edition
Jan. 19, 1888, Pg. 3.
An Infamous Rum Forgery
FAC-SIMILE OF A CIRCULAR AND CUT USED IN ATLANTA TO FRIGHTEN THE NEGROES INTO VOTING AGAINST PROHIBITION
The following circular and cut is a fac-simile of the infamous forgery distributed among the colored voters of Atlanta just previously to the late election in the city, and which caused large numbers of the more ignorant among them to cast their votes against Prohibition. Every effort was made, as the circular plainly indicates, to lead the negroes to believe that a prohibition law is an entering wedge to force them back to bondage.
As to the words of the circular pretended to have been uttered by President Lincoln, not a particle of proof has been advanced to show their authenticity. On the contrary, it is well known that President Lincoln was a total abstainer, if not a Prohibitionist.
Vice-President Henry Wilson, in the Centennial Temperance volume, page 480-1, describes Mr. Lincoln’s refusal to receive a present of champagne from his neighbors to treat the committee which came to inform him of his nomination to the Presidency, saying, “It won’t do here’” and again his refusing wine at Cincinnati, on his way to take the reins off Government, with the words, “For 30 years I have been a temperance man, and, I am too old to change.” While President, in 1862, he signed an act banishing the spirit ration from all ships of war, and in an address before the Sons of Temperance, In Washington, Sept. 29, 1863, he says: “The reason man of the world has long since agreed that intemperance is one of the greatest if not the greatest of all evils among mankind,” and that its prevention in the army “is part of the law of this land.”
For the cut and circular we are indebted to The National Temperance Advocate.
Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation!
“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bonds of reason, in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and in making crimes out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles on which our Government was founded. I have always been found laboring to protect the weaker classes from the stronger, and I can never give my consent to such a law as you propose to enact. Until my tongue be silenced in death I will continue to fight for the rights of man.”
Colored voter, he appeals to you to protect the
liberty he has bestowed upon you. Will
you go back on his advice
LOOK TO YOUR RIGHT! READ AND ACT!
VOTE FOR THE SALE!