Harvard T. A. League.
Hon. L. Edwin Dudley, Sec'y of the Nat. Law and Order League, followed Prof. Peabody. He gave a brief sketch of the history of the League, showing how much the cause resembled the cause of slavery, how hopeless both had seemed at first. The first league was formed in Chicago, in 1877, with the purpose of enforcing the liquor laws passed in Illinois in 1860. During the intervening eight years, only two arrests had been made, neigther of which resulted in conviction. In a very short time the League had turned into the city treasury, over $1,300,000 from fines had effectually enforced the existing laws, and originated new ones, and had set an example which has been followed very generally over the whole country. The speaker was very active in forming the Massachusetts League. The league includes every college president in the state, four ex-governors, almost all, if not all, the leading men in every branch of life. The work of the League has been done chiefly through detectives. The platform is that every law should be obeyed by every citizen, and therefore every citizen should promote the enforcement of law. A law, good or bad, is still a law, and should be an active law, and not a dead letter. Public opinion in the case of the liquor laws, certainly is favorable in Massachusetts; and though it were not, should the laws be neglected?
At the close of the meeting, Prof. Peabody presented a petition for an increased license fee, to which he asked the signature of any Cambridge voters who might be present.