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THE FAKMER: FEBRUARY 21, 1911
HENNA NOT
AFRAID TO FACE
HIS CRITICS
.
At His Own Request Com
mon Council Asks Mayor
to Name Committee to
Investigate.
MR. DAMROSCH, WHO WILL PERSONALLY
CONDUCT N. Y. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT
TONIGHT'S CONCERT AT PARK THEATRE
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That Mr. Damrosch, the conductor
: of the New York Symphony orchestra,
, which appears at the Park tonight, is
unsurpassed as a maker of programs
t is evidenced by the one wh:ch will
present to the music-loving people of
this city. The program follows:
Part I.
Symphony No. 5, Tschaikowskl.
Andante. Allegro con anlma.
Andante cantabile.
Valse; Allegro moderato.
Finale. Andante maestoso, Allegro
1
1
3
4
vivace.
The Orchestra.
Part II
2 Overture, "Rienzi," "Wagner, The
Orchestra.
MONROE HAPPENINGS
Batch of Interesting Gossip
Specially Lassoed For
The Farmer
. (Special to the Farmer.)
i By Arthur W. French.
Monroe, Feb. 21. He detached
himself from a train at Stepney and
looked around with a "where am I
at" sort of scenic scrutiny. The size
of . suit case he carried was in the
commercial traveler class.
"Where is Monroe Center? he ask
ed of a depot lounger.
"WeeY was the reply, "you take
that road up there and at the first
corner, turn to your left, next corner
to the right, next to your left and a
mile further gets you there, about
four miles "
"Four miles." said the c. t. "Jim
iny, couldn't they get the depot any
. nearer t?e town than that, gee it's in
con ?venient."
t"Waal, I don't know "drawlead the
lounger, I guess it would be worse
of the depot was four miles from the
track. Hey?"
February is playing on the vaude
ville circuit in Monroe this . winter,
all right and a headliner too. Va
riety is the spice of her stunts. All
about town from Main street to Barn
hill. Five Points, Hammer town. Vel
vet street. Turkey Roost, Jockey Hol
low, Stepney and some more. One
i day motor cars have come out of
their holes and the next it was fit for
a Portland cutter and a pung sleigh.
Yet us see. There has been a heavy
thunder shower, two snow storms
and somebody coming from John
Beardsley's way saw blue birds. Any
way they said so. Also we have had
a big wind, rains, sleet, hail, fog and
others. Then there's old 'Therraom.'
He's been doing a Marathon between
zero and 48 above. Wei!, all said, the
pessimists have it: "Don't you care,
there'll be an early spring, the 'more
there is doing in a February fun."
Victor Burr, the R. F. D. carrier
through, the Center, has been fortun
ate this winter, his first season on the
job, in not having to contend with
blizzards and any big weather distur
bance. But for all that, he certain
ly has been making good as to time
and regularity, despite the ill condi
tioned roads and the many drawbacks
that attend vehicle use in winter on
country roads.
This month Is going out with an
unsurpassed record of the death of
Monroe people, during the period. So
far has occurred the demise of Mrs.
Peter Jarie and those of both Mr. and
Mrs. John Olsen, the latter follow
ing her husband within two weeks af
ter hi? fatal accident. Paul Mrosko,
who did last week, was strangely af
fected. A malignant boil close to
his eye, became an aggravated in
fected sore and this developed acute
erysipelas and blood poisoning, with a
fatal ending at the age of 15.
Monroe, as yet. hasn't enthused very
largely over the proposed airship
stunt down at Bridgeport this week.
Still there'll be something doing in
the way of seeing it. Jome residents
will take trains, teams and motor
cars, if the roads are fit and the
weather all right. There is some
views of the sound, off Bridgeport,
from the high location of the Cen
ter, so some of the home stayers have
figured it out. that one could so
something of the fly from the bellfry
of the Episcopal church or the Ma--nixie
temple, with a field glass or tel
3 Aria, "Non Mi Dla" Mozart, Miss
Sho waiter. -., -
4 Bachanale from "Tannhauser,'?
Wagner, (Paris Version), The Orches
tra. , '
5 , Ride of the . Valkyries, Wagner,
The Orchestra. -.--
Miss Edna Blanche Showalter, the
soloist, is the youngest American
prima donna: . , Miss Showalter made
her debut in grand opera - only last
September, winning the highest lau
rels in the role of "Paoletta" at the
Ohio Valley Exposition Musical Fes
tival in Cincinnati. She is but twenty-two
years old and has been trained
wholly in New York. Within an
amazingly short time she had made a
escope. Perhaps it will be tried.
It was printed, that a railroad of
ficial had said no great attetntion was
being paid to the passenger servico
on the Bridgeport branch of the
Berkshire division, on the so-callled
shuttle trains. We knew it of
course, but it was a George Washing
ton statement, nevertheless. Pin a.
medal on him for remindirg us of it.
Sleigh riding around Monroe is be
coming somewhat obsolete as to pleas
ure teams, in these moderhday win
ters, when about every snowstorm
drifts and leaves bare places in the
roadways. Even with a spell lof
good going it is generally so brief
that often is heard the phrase' "I've
stowed my sleigh away and its too
much trouble to get it out for it won't
last long." With the liverymen look
ing for gain, there are more sleighs
out. in the city than In the country.
Reed's cattle driver from Stratford
who is aged and has been long on
the job, the year around, plodded
through here in the heavy snow' of
the roadways behind a herd of cows
last week. His "beat" for a drive is
between Stratford and Stevenson. As
a walker he's a wonder. In the Wes
ton class he looks like that famous
pedestrian too. He says -he has done
35 miles a. day, as well as scaling
rail fences, stonewalls and romping
meadows and woods, to head off stray
cows from his drive.
A family horse, that makes a local
record for reaching an advanced age.
Is the old white one owned by Ed
ward E, Curtin, having been foaled
ien Centennial year 35 years ago.
Still in harness every day in the week
and active, the animal does not show
any physical ailments even to . the
teeeth.
Within the circular area of ' one
mile from the park of Monroe center
proper, there are over forty occupied
dwellings. Of this number but flvo
new ones have been erected in. the
past fifty years and not many remod
elled. The main reason for this lack
of residential enlargement, is because
this area is respectively two, three and
four miles from the three railroad
stations of the town and there is no
connection except with private or hir
ed team. This is often found incon
venient for various reasons. Visitors
and summer residents greatly com
plain of this.
THE PLAGUE EPIDEMIC
Predictions of Its Spread
from Manchuria Through
out Europe.
London, Feb. . 21 English experts do
not generally share in the hopeful
view expressed by physicians in the
Orient, to the effect that there is lit
tle danger of the spread of the pres
ent plague epidemic from Manchuria
to the Occident.
With the advent of warm weather,
at the latest, the majority of British
authorities agree, it will be a miracle
if the d'sease does not appear In Si
beria. Once it gains a foothold there,
in view of Russia's primitive methods
of quarantine and sanitation, they con
sider' it certain to break out quickly
In' the European portion of the Czar's
realm and from there, they doubt If
all the efforts of the authorities of
neighboring countries can prevent it
from reaching -Western Europe.
The English viewpoint is especially
pessimistic from the fact that there
were four undoubted cases of pneu
monic plague the type now prevalent
in Manchuria, from which there are
place for herself among the foremost
lyric and- coloratura sopranos of our
time. During all of next season Miss
Showalter will sing in grand opera, as
prima donna in a very important pro
duction, not yet ready to announce.
She will sing here the aria "Non Mi
Dla," by Mozart.
Special attention is called to the
fact that the concert will commence
promptly at 8 o'clock, for the conven
ience of those wishing to attend the
dance afterwards at The Stratfield.
This concert is open to, the general
public as well as to the subscribers
of the Wednesday Afternoon Musical
club. There are still a few good seats
left, but they are selling very fast.
said to be absolutely no recoveries In
East Anglla last autumn and that
the epidemic of the same disease
among rats, rabbits and . hares, is
spreading all over the island.. .
Dr. Sambon, lecturer to the London
school of Tropical Medicine, goes even
farther than other Engl'sh authorities,
pointing out that modern sanitation,
so effective in the prevention of most
other .diseases, hardly even checks
plague. "The vehicles of the plague
germs," he explains, "are not sewage
or drinking water, but rats and fleas,
and wherever they are to be found,
there the conditions necessary for a
plague epidemic exist."
"The claims of the plague upon the
world's attention," says the London
Morning News, commenting glomily
upon Dr. Sambon's utterance, "are
unhappily not diminishing as the win
ter advances, although all previous ex
perience shows that the winter is far
less favorable to its spread than the
summer. At this moment Manchuria
with a winter climate much like that
of Canada is experiencing an appal
ling visitation with scarcely any more
scientific resistance to the disease's
progress than , could be attempted in
Europe in the middle age" ,
SUBSCRIPTION"
DANCE TONIGHT
AT STRATFIELD
The younger set of Bridgeport
society awaits with keen interest the
subscription dance which is to be giv
en at the Stratfield this evening. Miss
Marguerite Bishop and Miss Minnie
Nichols, two of the acknowledged
leaders of the social set are responsi
ble for the affair.
A large number have signified their
intention of attending and everything
points to a great success for the
dance. The patronesses are: Mrs.
Henry A. Bishop, Mrs. Nathaniel W.
Bishop, Mrs. Allan W. Paige, Mrs. T.
S. Ellis, Mrs. Stiles E. Goodsell, Mrs.
George M. Eames, Mrs. Charles B.
Read and Mrs. Charles V. Barrington.
COUNTY PROHIBITIONISTS i
IN SESSIOHJT Y. M. G. A.
.At 2:30 o'clock this afternoon the
Fairfield county prohibitionists went
into session at the Y. M. C. A. build
ing with a large number in attend
ance. This afternoon's session .was con
fined to a conference, the discussion
centering on the best plan of fighting
the "enemy." This evening at . 7: 30
o'clock there will be a banquet at
which the principal speaker will. be
the Rev. Dr. Alexander MacNicholl
of New York, who has made a study
of the liquor problem. Jeremiah
Holmes of this city will act as toast
master. . ..
John McMahon, 25, of 273 Frank
St., suffered a sprain of the right an
kle at work on a team near his home
this noon. His injuries "were at
tended at the emergency hospital, by
Dr. Benne.tt.
Now is the Time
to buy jvinter millinery, fur ecarf3
and fur muffs at given away prices
at E. H. Dillon & Co., 1105 Mala BL
City Engineer Maurice F. McKenna
petitioned the common council . last
night to investigate his office in or
der to clear himself of the intimations
that have been made against his con
duct of the office dur.ng the past
week: The engineer's communication
to the council is as follows:
To the Common Council:
During the past week,' many in
timations have been publicly made
in the press, reflecting upon my
conduct' of the engineering depart
ment of the city. These intimations
had their origin in the animosity en
gendered by a recent unfortunate oc
curance in my office. While no defi
nite charges have been . made I
nevertheless feel that I have been
injured by the suspicions which such
intimations, vague as they are; neces
sarily arouse. If a motion should be
presented to your body to investigate
the conduct of my office in which
any definite irregularity should be
charged I trust that no friend of
mine in the board of aldermen will
endeavor, by his vote, to resist the
investigation of such a charge.
If there la no definite charge to be
brought against the conduct of the
engineering department I neverthe
less desire and request that ' a coni
mittee should be appointed to make
a general investigation into my ad
ministration of the office of city en
gineer. I feel that I am justified in
making this request of your honor
able body for the reason that I de
sire to be freed from the Imputations
which have unjustly been put upon
me and in order that the citizens of
Bridgeport may be assured that the
important deparment of the city
government placed under - my con
trol is in . trustworthy and competent
hands. .
Dated at Bridgeport, Feb. 20, 1911,
M. F. McKENNA.
. . City Engineer.
After the reading of the communica
tion President Hugh J. Lavery mov
ed that the recommendations of the
engineer be adopted and that the
mayor be authorized to appoint five
aldermen to carry On the investiga
tion. -The motion was carried.
- Alderman Primrose the Republican
leader stated that he , had introduced
a resolution dealing with the subject
and naming the committee, but he
would gladly withdraw his resolu
tion so that the mayor could appoint.
Alderman DeForest wanted to know
if the committee had power to sum
mon witnesses and hire a stenograph
er. The mayor said that the city at
torney had given an opinion that
councilmanic committees did have
such power.
Alderman Jackson started after the
Connecticut Co. again by presenting
the following resolution:
That the city clerk communicate
with Charles S. Mellen, president of
the Consolidated road, and through
him learn if the Connecticut com
pany have arranged for prompt ship
ment of rails, turn outs, frogs and
such equipment as necessary for the
re-laying of tracks in this city this
spring, and if they 6hall be ready to
proceed with operations by April; and
to inform the city clerk relative to
just what the conditions are regard
ing this matter at the earliest possible
time.
Alderman Jackson also introduced
the following resolutions:
That a committee of five, consist
ing of four members of the board of
aldermen, and Mayor Buckingham, to
investigate and consider what is
known as the commission form ol
city government; such as now prevails
in Galveston and other cities; also
that this board invites a similar com
mittee from the Board of Trade, the
Manufacturers' association, and the
Business Men's association, to act in
conference, and that the committee
report by October. Also' -that"- it be
resolved that the sum of $50 be plac
ed at the disposal . of the committee.
Alderman DeForest objected to its
immediate passage and the resolution
was referred to the miscellaneous
committee.
It was voted a committee of 5, con
sisting of 4 members and the mayor,
be appointed for the purpose of ar
ranging some suitable recognition of
the placing of the Lincoln Memorial
tablet in the city hall, and that the
committee seek the aid and assistance
of the Ellas Howe post, G. A. R., and
the Sons of Veterans for the purpose
of assisting. v '
Reports.
Reports from committee on streets
and sidewalks were adopted, ordering
a hearing on establishment of building
line on south side of Fairfield avenue,
between Middle and Water streets;- or
dering establishment of a building line
on Water street, between Wall street
and Fairfield avenue and appointing
Bernard Keating, W. W. Bent and W.
D. Murray as the committee to lay out
the same; ordering hearing for March
6 on establishment of a grade on Haw
ley avenue; accepting Hillhouse ave
nue and Edgewood place and ap
pointing a special committee to lay
them out; widening State street from
Seeley street to Fairfield avenue; es
tablishing grades on Sylvan avenue
and Dewey street
Other reports adopted were as fol
lows: By the committee on claims, grant
ing petition of Marion J. Ellis for
abatement of assessment street
sprinkling; granting petition of B. D.
Pierce, Jr., for . refund of taxes paid
owing to double listing of property;
leave to withdraw on petitions of
Thomas Brophy for abatement of as
sessment for Main street paving, and
W. F. D. Greniger for abatement .of
Interest and taxes on the lists of
1905, 1906, 1907, 190S and 1909;
granting . petition of Patrick M.
Flynn for reimbursement for injuries
due to a fall on an ice walk; granting
petition of Daniel Hoffman for reim
bursement to the extent of $300 for
damages due to change of grade on
-Wakeman street; granting petition of
Swen Swanson for abatement of as
sessment for curb, walk and gutter on
Linwood avenue; adjusting petition of
Amelia Liftshitz regarding abatement
on certain taxes; granting petition of
George A. Mlchalcik, for the adjust
ment of certain taxes; favoring peti
tion of Samuel Krouse abating tax on
motorcycle; granting petitions of
John H. Chantems, for abatement of
taxes, Mrs. W. D. Thorme, same, Kate
Sarsfleld, same, C. J. Ryan, same,
Salvation Armay, abatement of assess
ment for Elm street pavement; Bar
num Historical and Scientific society,
for abatement of assessment for Main
street pavement.
By the board of appraisal on bene
fits and damages .on assessment for
River street sewer.
By the committee on fire depart
ment, granting permission to George E.
Sykes to erect frame building east
side Housatonlc avenue; granting pe
tition of DeWitt Ballard to erect ver
anda on State street.
By the paving and sewer commis
sion, that a 10x15 sewer had been
built on Morehouse street at an ex
pense of $767.34, and that a sewer
had been built on Gold street, costing
$320.93.
By the director of public works,
making a correction in ' the assess
ment for walk, etc., on Linwood ave
nue .
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By the paving and sewer commis
sion, that they had received from sun
dry puDiic service corporations tne
sum of $2,056 for making repairs to
macadamized streets. It was voted to
apply this sum t,o the macadam re
pair fund. i
. By the miscellaneous committee,
recommending that the percentage of
voters needed to call for a referen
dum on any charter amendment, in
crease in salaries, a bond issue or any
ordinance to be submitted to the peo
ple for their approval, be made 15.
Petitions.
Petitions were' received as follows:
From G. S. Jennings for abatement of
assessment for curb, gutters and walk
on Fairfield avenue; F. Jacoby et al.
for electric light, Hallett street and
Berkshire avenue; William Martin
for abatement ot assessment for River
street sewer; William Ainley et al. for
electric light, . Park and Putnam
streets; G. H. Zumstag et al. for a
lamp at Wood terrace; August Grave
sen for reimbursement for loss due to
water backing up in Federal street
sewer; T. J. Cunningham et al. for
electric light, Wood and Capitol ave
nues; Herman Katz for reimbures
ment for loss due to injuries to horse
and wagon while driving on Housa
tonlc avenue on Nov. 18; Joseph
Kochler for abatement of assessment
for River street; H. G. Fcte for re
imbursement for loss due to injuries
to horse while driving across . Con
gress street bridge on Nov. 30;
Sprague Ice and Coal Co. for permis
sion to repair insulation and to build
an addition to ice room at 270 East
Washington avenue.
Communcatlons. ,
Among the .communications receiv
ed was one from H. G. Knox of the
American and British Manufacturing
Co. calling attention .to the poor con
dition of the approaches to most of
the bridges in the city, complaining
bitterly of this state of affairs and al
leging that the city could have them
put into good order by the abutting
property owners with no expense to
the city save the grading and the
crosswalks. In conclusion the writer
says: "Cannot the city of Bridgeport
remove these large beams from its
own eyes so that it pan 1 see more
clearly the motes that it sees in the
eyes, of other corporations." There
was also . one from the local photo
graphers' association asking to have
a license drawn up exacting a heavy
license fee from all itinerant photo
graphers and those who solicit simi
lar work, for the protection of all lo
cal people engaged in this business.
The Bridgeport Forge Co. notified
the common council that it had re
moved the fence at the foot of
Howard avenue.
Petitions were also received asking
for building lines on Carlton avenue
and Vine street, and also the ex
tension of the sewer in Vine street.
Resolutions.
Resolutions were offered as follows:
By Alderman Brady, for cross
walks, Main and Charles streets and
Housatonlc avenue and North
Washington avenue.
By Alderman King, that the Third
street sewer be relaid so as to empty
into Connecticut avenue and that the
Third street extension sewer be re
laid so as to empty into Seaview
avenue.
By Alderman Clampett that the
city attorney be instructed to make
an investigation into the status of
the building lines on Water street and
report Xo the nent meeting.
WHAT IS WHISKEY?
NOTHING" LESS THAN
TWELVE YEARS OLD
Interesting Discussion of a
Mooted Question by Hugh
J. Reynolds a New Ha
ven Expert.
New Haven, , Feb. 21: Hughf J.
Reynolds, an expert on liquors and
wines to-day contributed an Interest
ing chapter to the famous controver
sy, "What is whiskey." Mr. Rey
nolds says:
"I have an opinion regarding the
character of the fermented spirit call
ed whiskey. There is altogether
about 2100,000,000 gallons of fer
mented spirits used in the world an
nually; 900,000.000 gallons of this
vast quantity is in the form of distil
led spirits. 1,200,000,000 gallons is
contained in wines and beers. About
300,000,000 of the distilled spirits U
made of grain and is called whiskey.
The remainder of the distilled spirits
of the world is made of fruit wines
and is called brandy in c6ntradistinc
tion to grain spirit which , is made of
beer and is called khiskey.
Now we come to the heart of the
whole controversy, namely, the word
whiskey and its meaning. It will be
borne in mind that fermented spirits
is called water of life in all the lan
guages of the world.
Eight hundred years ago whiskey
was first made in Ireland and Scot
land under the reign of Henry II. The
English language was not spoken in
those countries then. The Gaelic
language was the only language spo
ken by the people of those countries
at that time. The Gaelic word for
fermented spirit is "uisge beatha."
which means vitality, in other words.
Uisge in its transition from Gaelic to
English has been twisted and vulgar
ized into the word whiskey as we now
have it. The word whiskey then
means water of life. This construc
tion of the word whiskey must mean
that whiskey contains a food princi
ple. This is the property in whis
key which throws off the delicious fla
vor which is always present in a
vor wmuii la aiwaja ieaeui in a
whiskey that has been made, of
minated grain malt and . stored in
wood above the ground for at least
twelve years , Whiskey ought not to
be used by human beings until it has
been in good storage for at least ten
years. Whiskey made and . treated in
the way indicated here will be pure,
wholesome and nutritious. . On the
contrary rectified spirits do not con
tain any food matter whatever. This
explains why it is that rectified spir
its is odorless and therefore is not
whiskey at all. - - .
Rectified spirits are as valuable
and as good to use when they are
twelve hours made as they could pos
sibly be if they were twelve years
made. Rectified spirits are obtained
from young corn whiskey distilled ov
er an intensely hot Are.. The in
tense heat under the pot of the still
produces great yield at the expense
of quality. About five gallons and a
quart of spirit Is obtained from a
bushel of Indian corn.
In the crude state this spirit costs
about 10 cents per-gallon at 100 psr
cent, proof. This spirit when distill
ed is so nauseous that to properly de
scribe its objectionable character .t
will be necessary to use the objection
able word stink to do it justice. This
grain product called whiskey can
not grow fine by the ageing process, so
it is never aged. It goes into imme
diate consumption. The manufac
turers and venders of this "objection
able stuff prepare it for use by sep
arating and removing from , the pure
spirit called othel alcohol. The bad
smelling alcohols called aldehyde al
cohol, butylic alcohol, amylic alcohol,
and furfural which pass under the
blanket expression of fusel oil.
Fussel oil is a rank irritant poison.
The same forces of nature which cre-
atate pure spirit in the process of
fermentation create the poison alco
hols called fusel oil. Fusel oil, there
fore is always present In young whis
key even when it has been well made
and further, fusel oil must be left in
all well made whiskies and iet moth
er nature deal with it.
Young, well made whiskies ought to
be always stored in wood above the
ground, the higher up the better.
Spirit has an affinity for water and
will attract moisture in a damp place.
On the contrary, in dry storage the
air has greater affinity for water than
the spirit has. So in dry storage the
air draws the water out of the bar
rel through the pores of. the wood.
The air goes into the barrel through
the same pores, ' through which the
water came out. ' The oxygen in the
air coming in contact with the fusel
011 which takes the place in the bar
rel vacated by the water decomposes
and chemically changes it into essen
tial oils and others.
To make this change complete will,
under ordinary conditions,, which
means whiskey lying quietly, require
12 years' time. The poison oils In
young whiskey are contained in min
ute globules in the liquid;- Continu
ous agitation of young whiskies
breaks up the globules which contain
those poisonous oils and frees them,
they being volatile, and they reach
the surface of the liquid quickly
where they come in contact with the
air and are rendered harmless at
once. In this way the maturation of
whiskey can be hastened. This ex
plains why the claim is made that
taking whiskey in ship over the ocean
improves it.
Well, the claim is well founded, but
it may be injured by 'agitation, be
cause such agitation tends to free and
exhaust the delicious aroma which is
always present in weJl-made old
whiskey. . This reasoning does - not
apply to rectified spirits. Rectified
spirit is a lifeless, sterilized spirit
which nothing in this world can im
prove if left to itself. It is not eveu
by . courtesy called whiskey until
there is real or straight whiskey mix
ed with it. When this mixing of rec
tified spirits and straight whiskey is
accomplished, there might be only
one gallon of real whiskey put in a
barrel with 46 gallqais of rectified
spirits, yet the artist who does this
mixing in these proportions is allowed
under President Taft's decision to call
this nondescript compound whiskey.
This is the condition in the whiskey
business which President Roosevelt,
Doctor Wiley and Attorney General
Bonaparte labored to prevent, and did
for a time prevent. But at present
rectified spirits, chicanery and cor
rupt politics are, in the saddle. The
people have to take the consequences.
The market is inundated with recti
fied whiskies, and poorly made
young straight whiskies, that are not
fit for a human being to use. Our
government stands idly by and fails
to give advice or information to the
people regarding the poisonous char
acter of the young spirits with which
the market is Hooded, yet our govern
ment has collected in taxes on' the
liquor business since 1863 up to last
June $4,000,000,000. (
These figures would indicate that
the government of the United States
could well afford to take the trouble
to keep the people informed regard
ing a matter that is of vital import
ance to them. It is safe to say that
there is no subject in the world that
concerns the human race so intimate
lyl as does the use of liquors, about
which they live in such utter ignor
ance. I contend that the government of
the United States, owing to its rela
tion to the people, and the fact that
it collects from the business an enor
mous amount of money, should give
the people4 correct information and
instruction regarding the . character
and use of l'quors. The people owe
it to themselves to make a peremp
tory demand on the congress of the
United States to pass a law fixing the
time for the government to collect
taxes on liquors not before they have
been 10 years made, and forbid for
eign liquors entering the United
States until they are accompanied by
certificates from their respective gov
ernments, that they were made 10
i years Deiore oeing snip pea. u tnis I
ger-jgourse jhtt-13 -followed put, jhe maraJL
years before being shipped. If this
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ket will be rid at once vn& tormvT of
the lifeless Are water known as rec-,
tified -spirits and also ot young '
straight whiskies that . are - saturated '
with fusel oil. . v
With such a law in! existence it
would not pay at all to make low
grade whiskies. Well-made whiskies
10 years old,, and upwards would be'
pure and wholesome as- -a - medicine.
Pure old liquors would - be so high
priced that they would be used - by
the rich classes and not at all by the
others. I have heard the. objection
raised to my plan, that it iqould de
prive the poor man of his. 10 -cent
glass of whiskey. Well - the poor
man is now under present conditions
allowed to freely poison himself with
impunity without a hand being rais
ed to save him. . ' t
It is really the poor people's cause
that I am pleading, the rich can us
ually take care of themselves. It is
the poor people who mainly purchase
and sue the low grade poisonous li
quors that are the bane , of , a busi
ness that if rightly conducted, would
be a great blessing to mankind.
The book. upon the .contents of,
which I am asked to express my opln-
ion is entitled "A Plot Against tne
People." . It purports ' to ' fcive a his- '
tory of a bitter contest carried on for
years between two powerful rival fac-
tions in the whiskey business, each
faction fighting tooth' and "nail for its
own side -without the -slightest' re
gard -for the people's . Interest in the
outcome. Both sides, to .this contro
versy are radically wrong. . . .One side .
to the controversy claims that recti
fied spirits is the proper1 thing to use
as whiskey. -The other side to thia
controversy main talna stoutly that
straight whiskey four years old Is all
right to use. It might be well said
a "plague on both their bouses,, "both
are wrong. There can be no good
excuse . for using . ractifld spirits . and
calling it whiskey. On the other
hand straight whiskey four years old
is rank poison because- of the pres
ence of fusel oil in all straight whis
kies at that age.
A glance through this book shows .
the utter helplessness of the class of'
men who take rank as . analytical
chemists when they come -to deal with
the practical, subject of . whiskey. One
of those experts who testified in this,
investigation into the subject of whis
kies instituted by President Taft stat
ed that the characteristic flavor of
straight whiskey is derived ' from the
charred barrel. This claim is not
correct to put it mildly. A woody
flavor ruins whiskey as a commercial
article. The delicious flavor in an
old whiskey arises from the essential
oil into which the fusel oil has been .
chemically changed by the action of
the oxygen in the atmosphere.
There is not a species of wood
grown on this globe that could impart
the flavor met with in old ; Whiskey.
Neither can drugs perform this ser
vice. I will offer this pieice of ad
vice gratis to any one who may think
it worth his while to take notice of
it. Place a quantity of well made
whiskey just, as it passes the still
and before ever it touches wood In
a glass receptacle with a "wide open
ing at the top to be left open except
that a thin cloth shall cover it to ke?p
out dust. To facilitate matters this
whiskey ought to be violently agitat
aed once every day for 12' years. If
thus treated I will stake my non-ex
pert reputationn on thev issue that
whiskey treated in this way will have
the delicious flavor that is charac
teristic of all well made straight
whiskies when they are old.
Storing whiskey is good neither
well nor necessary if some other way
of caring for it can be devised - which
will give the air free, access to it.
And in any event no wood, except
oak," can at all be used for storing
whiskey. Other woods would utter
ly ruin the flavor of whiskey. It is
to prevent the oaken wood from im
parting to the whiskey the dreaded
woody flavor that the barrels are
charred inside here in - the United
States. Whiskey barrels are not
charred In any other country. Char
coal does not color the whiskey. . It'
is the tanni in the oak that does
the coloring.
In conclusion, gentlemen, you have
my opinion of your history of the
whiskey controversy entitled "A Plot'
Againrt the People.", I trust that we
will be found in accord on this im
portant subject."
STATE OF dONNECTICTJT,
DISTRICT OF BRIDGEPORT, s
PROBATE COURT. -
Feb. 20th, 1911."
Estate of Annie Gorman, late of the .
town of Bridgeport in said District
deceased.
The Court of Probate for the Dis
trict of Bridgeport, hath limited and
allowed six months from the date "
hereof for Creditors" of said Estate to 4
exhibit their claims for settlement.
Those who neglect to present their
accounts, properly attested, within
said time, will be debarred a recov
ery. All persons indebted to said
Estate are requested to make immedi
ate payment to.
JAMES H. TYER,
B 21 sp Administrator.
STATE OF CONNECTICUT,
DISTRICT OF BRIDGEPORT, aa
PROBATE COURT.
February 20, 1911.
Estate of John Lukowski, late off
the town of Bridgeport, in said . Dis
trict, deceased. -
The Court of Probate for the District
of Bridgeport, hath limited and allow
ed six months fr"n the date hereof for
the Creditors of said Estate to exhibit
their claims for settlement. Those
who neglect to present their accounts,
properly attested, within -aid time, "
will be debarred a recovery. All per-
sons indebted to said Estate are re-,
quested to make immediate payment
to
, . JOSEPH LUKOWSKI.
a Administrator. . .
"
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