Prohibition Cartoon: Drink Portrayed as the Devil Fish
“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), U.S. President. Speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives
In the political cartoon above, the evils of liquor are depicted as a devil fish, a being that can only be vanquished by removing its head. The strong fist of the Prohibition Party, according to the artist, is just the entity to do so.