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A Herd Of Drunken Steers

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Fort Scott special to St. Louis GlobeDemocrat: A herd of Texas steers, liter - ally intoxicated on the fermented juice of rotten apples, is an emergency not contemplated by the authors of the Kansas prohibition law, and its seeveral amendments; yet suoh a spectacle was recently witnessed by the chief of the metropolitan pólice forcé of this city and the sheriff of Bourbon csunty, who have explicit instructions from the department of the state to rigidly suppress the use of intoxicating liquor by the people of their respective jurisdictions. Patrick Gorman, an extensive stoelt feeder, a few days ago shipped to his ranch, ten miles northwest of this city, a herd of wild steers from the plains of Texas. During their flrst night on a Kansas ranch they stampeded through the line fence of the pasture nto an apple orchard of the Alf Cleal farm. The proliflc fruit season made it unprofitable for Mr. Cleal to gather but a small per cent of his early apples, and the burdened trees had dropped their ripened fruit to the ground full three layers deep. The apples had rotted and were in a stafR nt - - - "- w " - Vs4 _ LM. U fcj t(4 O Llfermentation that makes them a most intoxicating feast for cattle. Until the next morning the beasts glutted themselvea, and were found in a condition oí inebriocy that caused them to oonduot themselves with that boisterous hilarity in which man is want to indulge when overeóme by the effects of Kansas I "applejack." The effect of the j mented apple juice was as varied in the cattle as it would have been in as many men. Some of them bellowed and contorted in drunken debauchery, others were on their muscle and dangerously vicious, while some of them laid helpless and harmless. Their ! tions attracted the neighbors for miles j about, and when the facts became I known in town crowds of people drove out to witness the revelry of a 'steer beer garden." They were rounded up and corralled with much difficulty by a score of experienced cattlemen. Not ! unlike human drunkards, the effects of the dissipation on some passed off soon, while others were in the "sobering up" process for two days.


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