After an effort of eleven years (to the day), and with no great regrets, the Treasury Department last week passed national Prohibition enforcement over to the Department of Justice. Attorney General William DeWitt Mitchell, as enforcer-in-chief of the Volstead Act, thus became the Dry Hope of Prohibitors, including President Hoover, who believed that only by effective coordination, under one head, of investigation and prosecution of liquor violators could the law be fully enforced (TIME, Jan. 27). The Secretary of the Treasury retained his pre-Prohibition powers over permits for industrial alcohol. When his...

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