I shall not dwell on that, but pass on to the taxpayers’ revolt. We people don’t see the effect of all this. You know we used to say we must have this money to help pay the taxes, this liquor tax of 70 millions a year.
I want the boys particularly to remember this – that more than all the revenue derived from the whiskey shops must go to build prisons, must go [to] the hospital, the home for the friendless, police justices and police officers to take care of these people who go crazy [get drunk] on purpose and to pay all that, so that it costs us yearly the difference between 70 and 90 millions of dollars.
We have lost yearly on that old financial basis twenty millions a year – twenty millions lost. I want you to think about that – that is the very thing we do.
This is from a text by Frances Willard, in 1884, about temperance. I have tried to interpret it as the liquor tax not having a useful purpose, but in the end I believe it does not make any sense. She mentions that the revenue should go to all that but what is the difference between 70 and 90 millions? where did 90 come from? Can someone help me interpret this paragraph or reword it so that I can understand it?