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JIM: Lips that touch liquor shall never touch mine


This bit of humor appeared in the April 6, 1904 News. In that era, it was quite legal to send and receive intoxicating spirits through the mail.

We Can't Always Tell

Not long ago a prominent merchant in a neighboring town received a letter from a large distillery firm, asking [for] a list of names of citizens who might be interested in the literature issued by the firm setting forth the merits of a new brand of whiskey and promising him commission on all sales.

The merchant being somewhat of a joker, sat down and made a list of the prominent prohibitionists of the place and forwarded it.

He forgot all about the matter until a month later when it was called to his attention by a letter from the distillers enclosing a draft of $16.50 with thanks for the list, which had been found particularly remunerative.

Sixteen and a half dollars in 1904 had the purchasing power of about $400 today. - JIM

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