Why Beer is Prohibited in the Navy

Of his recent order prohibiting the sale of beer and liquor on the ships of the United States Navy, Secretary Long says that it was instituted mainly for the protection of the apprentice boys, on whose morals he considered that it exercised a bad influence. It was also found that there were many men in the navy who would drink if the liquor could be conveniently secured in this way, but would not take the trouble to secure it elsewhere. Secretary Long denied that the W. C. T. U. had anything to do with the movement, which originated with Captain Folger of the New Orleans and was reported on favorably by a number of other captains. It was in accordance with their suggestions that the order was issued.

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March 16, 1899

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