National Affairs: As the President Reasons

Mr. Harding's letter, by bringing up the question of state enforcement of national laws, lifted the question of the repeal of New York's prohibition law from a local to a national issue. The officers of New York are bound to enforce national laws, but the existence of state law makes the question of enforcement a special instead of a general duty. In New York, during the 15 months before the state law was passed, police made 2,400 arrests for violation of the Volstead Act. In the nine months succeeding the passage of the state...

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