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  • April 22, 1914

  • Sam W. Small, famed temperance lecturer and evangelist, addressed 1,500 people at the Page theater on Tuesday night, a large portion of whom were of a different opinion than the speaker, as illustrated when a call for hands that wanted Oregon dry were raised.
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  • Sam W. Small, famed temperance lecturer and evangelist, addressed 1,500 people at the Page theater on Tuesday night, a large portion of whom were of a different opinion than the speaker, as illustrated when a call for hands that wanted Oregon dry were raised.
    Sam W. Small is of the South, with a southern colonel's flow of language and story-telling ability. He described himself as one of "God Almighty's cats," and stirred the patriotism of the crowd by reference to Old Glory, the civil war in which he fought, and tender recollections of Dixie. A professional southerner at this juncture let loose a rebel yell. Every now and then the applause-getters of the stage were dropped to pour the grape shot of wrath into Demon Rum.
    Statistics and arguments against the liquor traffic were introduced by the speaker with great vim and vigor and much waving of long arms. Some telling arguments were introduced, and the country was predicted as "dry as a bone" in ten years.
    Mr. Small then told of a $25,000,000 fund being raised by the liquor interests to combat prohibition. To offset this, the plan was to pray and fight and bury the country "knee deep beneath dry literature." A printing plant will be established at Portland and this neck of the woods was covered with pamphlets.
    In conclusion an appeal was made for funds to carry on the Oregon campaign and cards were passed around for signatures for cash. The meeting then dispersed.
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