That liquor is harmful to persons under twenty-one, but that the tavern, if approved, need not be kept away from the vicinity of Harvard or any other University, seems to be the consensus of opinion among the members of the Senate and House of Massachusetts. When interviewed yesterday State Senator Harry B. Putnam, who is active in liquor control work, said. "There is no harm in selling liquor to men over twenty-one, and since the liquor bill contains a provision prohibiting sale of liquor to anyone under this age, I see no reason why the tavern should be kept from Harvard Square. However, I do not believe that any system permitting the sale of beer to persons over eighteen and other liquors to those over twenty-one would be advisable. It is too complicated, and would put a double burden on the store or tavern keeper."
"The main trouble I see," said Representative Paul A. Dever of Cambridge, "is with girls. No one can tell how old they are nowadays. The tavern will not be harmful," continued Mr. Dever, "it will be an aid to temperance, and will keep the students away from the bad influence of speakeasies."
Concerning the package store, both Senator Putnam and Representative Dever did not believe that it should be kept away from the neighborhood of the University. "The proprietor should not neglect to ascertain the age of his customer," explained Mr. Dever. "It is like selling 'dirty' books; the storekeeper has his conscience for his judge as to whether he should make the sale or not. He must remember the responsibility that is put into his hands, and also that his license can be immediately revoked if he breaks the law."
The tavern is a real menace to the nation as a whole, believes Mrs. Robert W. Lovett, vice-chairman of the Women's Organization for National Pro- hibition Reform and chairman of the Massachusetts Branch. Mrs. Lovett feels that the men who voted for the tavern have broken their pledge to stop the return of the saloon. "After proof of the power of an organized minority typified by the passing of the eighteenth amendment, it is incredible to me that the citizens of this state should be willing to accept dictation by another small group, that is to say by those men who made large profits by the old liquor traffic and hope to make an equal amount by the new regulation," concluded Mrs. Lovett