Personal Liberty Plans., Daily Racing Form, 1908-06-30


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PERSONAL LIBERTY PLANS In outlining the plans of the Personl Liberty League Colonel Franklin Bartlett its president said recently As yet it is Impossible to say what the policy of the league will be but it will be an organization independent of any political party and will embrace all lawabiding citizens who are opiwsed to any legislation restrictive and narrow in character and designed to interfere with the Iu nocent enjoyments of the people of the city and state stateUnderstand Understand we are not going about this thing in a careless and impulsive manner but shall en ¬ deavor to get proper legislation so that New York will be the cosmopolitan city it should be beWe We expect to enroll at least 100000 citizens of New York City among our members within two months and as this Is a state as well us a city league it is impossible to judge how many of the inhabitants of the smaller towns will join but without doubt a great many manyThere There will be practically no expense in conduct ¬ ing the campaign as there is nothing to spend money for If we were trying to fight against the will of the people it would be different The New Yorker lias had so many laws restricting hia per ¬ sonal liberty passed under the cloak of religion or morality that it Is getting irksome to him himThomas Thomas Gibson a prominent business man said The defense of the regulators of public morals hinges on the statement that crime results from drinking and gambling Therefore because one weak or unfortunate man falls by the wayside 10000 men must be robbed of what they consider their prerogatives So far as the crime resulting from stock exchange speculation or even race track betting is concerned I will venture to say that much more misery and disgrace bave resulted from real estate ventures venturesSaturday Saturday night magistrate Daniel E Finn said I believe the passing of the antibetting bill Is a step backward In the history of New York City Think of the thousands of people who come to New York to spend their money If these restrictions are continually Introduced to restrict their personal liberty it Is bound to keep them away I am an honorary member of the Personal Liberty League and in full harmony with all of its views viewsIf If this keeps on the city Is bound to go back The hotels stores and places of amusement are bound to suffer I was at the race track this after ¬ noon and while I did not meet Governor Hughes or any of his supporters I had a good time There is never any tough element at the track nor pick ¬ pockets nor thugs that you find around the city at all times

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