Letter from Thomas W. Bickett to the Editor of the Union Signal, 3 February 1920
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
February 3rd, 1920.
The Union Signal,
Replying to your inquiry of January 30th, I beg to say that the State of North Carolina went dry by a vote of the people on the first day of January 1909. For eleven years we have lived under strict prohibition laws. When the question was submitted to the people in 1908, a number of leading newspapers in the State and a very considerable number of representative men stubbornly fought the proposition. I think the best evidence of the success of prohibition is the fact that today not a single newspaper in the State and not a single representative citizen in the state would go before the people and advocate a repeal of the law. I am satisfied that the people do not consume one-tenth as much intoxicating liquors as they did before, and the progress of the State along industrial and educational lines during these eleven years has been relatively twice as great as it was before we had prohibition. Morally, intellectually and industrially prohibition is a magnificent asset to the State of North Carolina.
Very truly yours,