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The Prohibitory Amendment

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For the benefit of its rcad 'r, and to how wlmt saloon men tliink a bout it, a rge number of saloonists have been nt ¦rvii'wcil hy the Jackson Citizen, and heir aggrejjale opinions we condense 'rom its Colatnns as follows: Kven ainong saloonists who, It would be snp)oscil, would oppose the mensure, tberv I either apathy reg&fdlng it, or a posiivc taullnation for the passage of the amendinent. There have been reports to he effect tbat the saloonists were going o make a desperate ftiilit against prohiiii i. ui, one of tlie reporta beiuií that $15,00 had been oolleoted and entrusted to Carrol & Boardman, to be uued in the miipulgn to ; i ii' proliibition in Jackon eounty. Tliis is denied by the genlemen themselves. Mr. Boardman said, n addition to W denial, that there had een no mOQey raised for sueh a pur pose o his knowledge, and that even Casoar iíehnle, whoiii it would be supposed, as a brewer, would be very anxious to deMt the bilí, will not subscribe a cent oward an aiitiproliibition fuud. The general opinión is that shiuld a arge vote be cast, the atnendraent will e lost, but should there be a small mendance at the polls, it will be carried S )tne of the saloonists say openlylhat hey will go iuto the "druif Imanes-," hould the ameudinent be passed. One irominent dealer sald tbat to pass a prolibitory aniendmeiit waa only to put a )iemium ou deceit, and encourage an inderhand traftic. Another dealer snid ie had (jone to Detroit recently, and visted saloons iucognito, and learned the nivate opinions ot the saloonists he met. Tliey are as a man (the retailers) in favor if prohibitiou, and are workiug for it. Phey argue it that In so large :i place more liquor selliiift can be conductnl afely thaii in a smaller town ; that the ounj; men of gay propensities, and some of uiore mature age, will save up t hei r noney In the vlllages of Michigan, and hen ro to Detroit le "blow it in," and will stay till their last cent is gone. Toedo brewers sent to Michigan recenty placinls, which were exteixlvely KMtitd in conspicuoua places over saloon jars, sayin;;, " Dou't vot lor proliibition." The Detroit liquor dealers h;ive exerted their intiuence over dealers in he central part of the state to have these )lacards taken down, which has ticen lone in the majority of cases. One dealer of local prouiinence avers that should the atnendment be carried, he will put in a large stock of druj;s, wliich he will sell at cost. 11e dlcl not aUte where his proflts would come in, but told the following story directly pertinent to ;he case: "I was out in Iowa, where prohibition is in force, but where prohibition does not prohibit, and I lelt a little tuirsty. I stepped uto a drug store and isked if I could get a üttle something to drink. Not unless you cm get a phys ciau'.preseription. Well, where urn I going to get one? I asked. ' Here is a doctor,' satd the druggist, pointing to a man btauding in the wlndow. The man caini' forward and siid, ' Let me look at your tongue. I held it out, and he turned so the diuggist and said, ' Give tliis man some whisky.' I got it, but like all ilrtig sto e whisky, it was m'glity poor stulT." Another saloonist slated tint he know of sevoral pers ins O ly waiting for the amendinent to pass to start drug stores. "i know," said he '-several persons who are corresponding with jraduates of plianiiactutical colleges in Germany, making ready to employ tuem shmild the aniendiiieut pass.''


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