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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 36

Forever Before the Country

Forever Before the Country,

so long as there is a foe to alcohol in it, and to save every advantage ever gained until ratification is an accomplished fact. It can not be expected that this great work will be accomplished in one year, or five; but if, in 1890, the amendment is not ratified, then it is to go into effect ten years after its ratification, whenever that devoutly-to-be-wished consummation is realized. Every position gained will be held. Whatever question might arise from lapse of time as to the continued pendency of the proposition before the American people, or as to the power which has been claimed of a State to withdraw its assent to an amendment at any time before ratification by the constitutional three-fourths of the States, is entirely obviated by the distinct provision of the pending proposition itself.

If this Congress, or if any subsequent Congress, will submit this proposed amendment to the people of the country for action, there will never be necessity for another plan of battle. Whenever this one is carried out, the victory will be complete. There can be no such thing as repulse, as the loss of strategic points, or of defeat, just as victory begins to dawn.

The language employed in stating the