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Excerpt from The First Six Months of Prohibition in Arizona: And Its Effect Upon Industry, Savings and Municipal Government
Pinal county had seventeen murders and attempts to kill dur ing the first six months of 1914 and none for the same period of 1915; Cochise county's notorious murder record has fallen off fifty per cent, and many of the outlying county jails have not had an inmate during the 1915 period. Sheriffs and city marshals all over the State are so well pleased with the decreased demands upon them owing to the curtailment of crime that many of them are now out Spoken in favor of prohibition. Billy Bayless, city marshal of Flag staff, declared that he would never again serve as a peace officer in a wet town. The police judge of that city who is paid for each criminal case, finds that he is suddenly cut off from fees due to the great decrease in crime. Phoenix had 1125 less arrests during the 1915 period compared with the corresponding six months. In the lumber camps of northern Arizona the efficiency increased to such an extent that more logs are gotten out by a lesser number of men, and bank accounts have been opened by laborers who never had experienced such thrift before.
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