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CM honors reader request on Wet/Dry issue from 100 years ago

A reader asks: Given the tenor of the times in Auld Adair, would it be prudent to repost this, or would it be too much like asking the devil if he had a light? The brief item is by JIM, late of and a righteous dude from the Sacred Triangle (Sano-Ono-Esto) of Russell County, KY; Lindsey Wilson College, and near Occidental Kentucky. It is appropriate, timely, and worthy of the Main Page of ColumbiaMagazine.com.

By JIM

The following appeared in the News fivescore and ten years ago this summer.

It is not right to advocate trafficking in whisky in any way, but if it is to be sold and drunk, what is the best way for the young men of the county and town of Columbia -- open saloons, or the way we have it now? It is said that within the last twelve months one man has delivered in Adair County, in jugs, over $4,000 worth of whisky, the most of it being expressed in this place. Add to this sum the amounts sold by other parties and you have at least $10,000. [$10,000 in 1901 is roughly the equivalent of $250,000 today.]

Take the present and the days of of open saloons and compare them, and you will find drunkenness now much greater than in the past. This paper is against liquor to be sold in any way, the only object in sending out this item is to let people see the way things are drifting.

An appropriately irreverent comment: The first thing that came to mind upon reading the foregoing was a quote attributed to any number of politicians. When asked how he stood on a particularly knotty issue, Mr. --------- replied, "Some of my friends be fer it, and some of my friends be agin it, and by-Gawd, I stand four-square with all my friends!" --

-JIM



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