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He Would Not Deny It

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A federal judge lately charged a jury ín a liquor case as follows: "Iu later years there seems to have been a dispositioD to deny or ignore judicial knowledge as to wbat constitutes intoxicating liquors, and the conrts have manifested a desire to disavow any jndicial knowledge on this snbjfct. At the same time some of the couits have not hesitated to impute to juries an extensive knowledge and information in this regard. This conrt, however, will follow the precedent established by the decisión of Chancellor Walworth upon this subject and will assume judicial knpwledgé concerning intoxicating liquors. In a trial in the state of Wisconsin, where this queetion arose iu 1888, the trial judge declared that a man must be a driveling idiot who did uot know wbat; beer was, and that it was not necessary to prove it to be an intoxicatnig liquor. "Later the supreme court of that state, in passing on the charge of the trial judge, declared that his rulings in the case npon this question were not only clearly correct, but if his peculiar manner gave them force and emphasis it was not only proper, but commendable. This court, therefore, will neither stultify itself nor impeach its own veracity by telling yon that it has not judicial knowledge that the liquor commonly known as 'whisky' is an intoxicating liquor or that the drink commonly oalled a 'whisky cocktail' is an


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