The Evening Bulletin Against Prohibition

How would you feel if a newspaper were to illustrate you as a wolf in sheep’s clothing? John Granville Woolley might know. The Evening Bulletin illustrated him as so in 1910 when the people considered prohibition in Hawaii at the polls.

In the political cartoon “The Wolf and the Woolley Sheep” (right image), a wolf is in sheep’s clothing with the word “prohibition,” and the wolf’s exposed body legs with the phrases “hypocrisy,” “deceit,” “lawlessness,” and “government by commission.” The phrase “Woolley sheep” was apparently a play on Woolley’s name.

Woolley lobbied for the Prohibition party nationally from the 1880s to the early 1900s and then for the American Anti-Saloon league, a national organization that supported candidates for legisation restricting liquor sales. In 1907, when Woolley vacationed in Hawaii, the Anti-Saloon League assigned him to start a chapter there.
As seen below, in other cartoons, The Evening Bulletin illustrated Woolley accompanied by a pig (a “blind pig” was an illegal alcohol vendor) and riding on the shoulders of a Hawaiian man.Ultimately, the Hawaii voters chose the option of no prohibition in Hawaii. However, the United States would enforce a prohibition nationally from 1920 to 1933.

Political Cartoons from Chronicling America

“I am sorry for the people of Hawaii–Woolley.”
Evening bulletin., July 27, 1910, 2:30 EDITION, Image 1

“What prohibition means.
‘It is up to the Hawaiian.’ —Woolley Interview”
Evening bulletin., July 21, 1910, 3:30 EDITION, Image 1

“What Woolleyism Means”
Evening bulletin., June 09, 1910, 3:30 EDITION, Image 1


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