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The Ohio organ, of the temperance reform. (Cincinnati, [Ohio]) 1853-1854, June 17, 1853, Image 2

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Synopsis of thJl'ifl.e Liqit laj.
We find the following admirabl
synopsis in (the ConMciiad -Journal,
and take pleasure in transferring it to
ourTolumnt, thankinfc Bfo. JlalSKr I.t
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The manufacture and sale of.intox-
icacating liquors are entirely prohibi
ted, except as allowed in the next see-,'
" Town Agent. " "
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1. The civil authorities of a town
or city may appoint annually an agent
to sell liquors only for medicinal and
mechanical purposes! - - ' ' r -
2. Instead of the profits of sale, he
is to nave an annual salary.
3. He may hold Ms office5 for 'one
year, subject at all times to a dismis
sal.' . ., , ,' , .. - :
4. He must give bonds with two
good sureties to the amount of 600
dollars, that he will conform to the
regulations prescribed.. . i -,
5. If he violates the law, he shall
be turned out of office, and his bonds
sued in the name and at the expense
of the city or town.
Penaliiet for the Illegal Sale.
Sac. 4, 5, 6." '
l; For the first oflense ten dollars
and costs, and Imprisonment till paid.
2. For the second offense, tieenty,
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3. For the third und each succeed;
in? offense twenty dollars, and impris
onment from three to six months. If
unable to pay, he shall not have the
benefit of chapter 175 of the Revised
Statutes, (viz., of bemg released from
prison after 30 days on giving his
note for the fine and costs,) until he has
been imprisoned two or four months.
4. The prosecutions for the offense
may be tried before any magistrate in
the countrv.
5. The fines shall go for the use of
6. The prosecutor may be a witness
in the trial.
7. If the prosecution be begun un
der the approval of a selectman or al
dena&n, tb dondant shall not re
cover costs, though acquitted.
8. Appeals from a conviction ren
dered, shall be allowed only on the
following conditions
(a) The appellant must first give a
bond of one hundred dollars, with two
sureties, to sustain his appeal, pay
fines, &c.
(6) He must also give another bond
of two hundred dollars, with two sure
ties, not to violate the law while the
appeal is pending. And if the bonds
are not given in 24 hours after con.
viction, the appeal is not to be al
lowed. (c) He must pay the fees of the
jury who are to try him, in advance.
(d) If the appeal is finally decided
against him, he must submit to the
double amount of fines, penalties, and
imprisonment imposed by the first
Manufacturers and Common Sellers.
Sbo. 8.
Any person convicted of being a
manufacturer or common seller of in
toxicating drinks, shall forfeit
For the first offense one hundred
dollars and costs, and in default of
payment, sixty days imprisonment.
For the second offense two hundred
dollars and costs, or four months im
prisonment. .
For the third and every succeeding
offense, loth a fine of two hundred
dollars and also four months imprison
ment, t
Liquors kept for Sale. 11 :
Sec. 11, 12, 13. ;:
1. Any three voters in a town or
city may go before a magistrate and
make oaths that they bdirvs liquors
at i ke,t fo saV contrary to low,Ji
a? y strfa, I hop, &c, !
i 2.lj iigs'iiiAjjf shall not may"
issue a seaich warrant for them.
3. The sheriff or constable shall
search thrremfee& and it anv Itauori
are foundUiall take them toa plaotf
of security. He shall not however
search" any?w? Hihg-houte unless a
fchno is kent ia it. ox unless one of the
complainants shall testify to some act
of tale he ttprithhrww month jrecef
4. He shall also summon the owner
or keeper of the liquors, if he be
known, to appear forthwith before the
magistrate. .1 1 t 'd : '(..
5. The owner or keeper must then
prove positively . '
m im . x .1 l . . - r P
a) IBM said liquors arqoi loreign
production.,,; ,i ... .,:; .,
I , (by That they have been imported
according to the laws of the ' United
stated "1u' "j
(c) That they are the original pack
ages, casks, bottles, dec., and are
not less in quantity than the United
States Law prescribes. ., But in order
to prove this he shall not adduce the
custom house certificates of importa
tion, nor the marks on the casks or
packages, all these being notorious'
ly often forged.
6, If he can not prove oil these, or
if he fails to appear, then ; : ,
Sa) The liquor shallbe, destroyed.
b) The owner or keeper shall be
fined twenty dollars and costs, or in
case of non-payment be imprisoned
thirty days. . ,
7. If the owner or keeper of the li
quor be unknown, the liquors shall be
publicly advertised, two weeks after
which, if no Town Agent proves that
they are his, according to section 2,
they shall be destroyed. j
' 8. Appeals from the Magistrate's
order for the "destruction of. liquors,
shall not be allowed till the appellant
has given a bond of two hundred dol
lars, with two securities, to prosecute
his appeal, pay fines, die.
9. If the appeal shall be decided
against him, and the quantity of li
quorxceeds 5 gallons,- he 'shall be
judged a common seller of intoxicating
liquors, and incur the penalties pre
scribed for that offense. The liquor
shall also be destroyed.
10., Chemists, artists and manufac
turers who use liquors in their busi
ness, only are exempt from prosecu
tion. , ."
Liquors Sold or Kept for Sale on Pub
. lie Occasions.
Secs. 14, 15. ; -
I. Liquors sold or kept, in nny tent,
shanty, &c, at a cattle show or mili
tary muster, or any public occasion,
may be searched for and seized by the
authorities without warrant,' and the
keepers arrested; the former destroyed,
and the latter imprisoned thirty days.
2. If the keeper appeal, he must
first give bond of one hundred dollars,
with two securities, to prosecute, &c.
If finally convicted on the appeal, he
shall suffer tho former sentence of
imprisonment for thirty days and pay
a fine of twenty dollars.
Liquor Contracts Void.
Sue. 16.
, All bargains, notes, book accounts.
deeds and mortgages, &c, in respect
to liquors illegally sold, are void, and
incapable of enforcements in the courts.
Miscellaneous Particulars,
1 1. No liquor seller can sit on tho
jury in any trial under this act. Sec. 9.
2. Prosecutions undes this act shall
be tried in the courts before any other
case, except where criminals are un
der arrest waiting trial. ' Sec. 10.
3. Neither the court nor the prose
cuting officer shall have power to dis
continue a suit once begun, or post
pone the trial, .from one court to
another. , Secs.tS and 10. :
- 4. In any case appealed, If it be in
the form of a criminal prosecution, the
!atc"i Attorn y I hall Conduct the
e ise ,tihd r, ;celsjth ' cosM which eome
p the. Sia(i In Addition to the regular
salaryv'afidthe covt shall in no cose be
remitted or reduced in amount. This
broVloion tfiaEesH the intorestf ot'lhe
jlttqrney tojohif duty uthfullyi
5. The law is made applicable to
all the" cities' and 'plantations, as well
as t the-va?iu fowns(of pio State.-
A Vermont correspondent of-the
Tribune gives the following amusing
account of Vermont agencies for sell
ing liquor! asY medicine; : )
If more proof were needed to show
how thoroughly our law has done its
worx in mis village, u can pe eiiiy
obtained by spending a lew mours m
the store of our agent, who is commis
sioned to Sell formedical1 and mechan
ical purposes'. ' He1 is' t shrewd han,
and, as the sailors say, has his "weath
eye open."? It is now a difficult mat
ter to deceive him, for he has studied
well the ropes in the ship he is ap
pointed to sail Since the law has
ceen so judiciously and yet vigorously
executed, a hundred cases of sickness
occur where there was not apparently
one before.5 And it is amusing to lis
ten to the stories, and witness the in
genuity of hundreds who come after
liquor, but who go away with thirsty
stomachs and empty bottles. As a
general rule, when strangers call, the
agent requires a certificate fr&m a
physician, ; ' ' ;
" Mr. D., I wish you would put a
pint of your best brandy in this bottle,"
said a well-dressed young man, placing
the bottle on the counter and some
camDhor eum beside it. I want it
to mix with this camphor. The doc
tor thinks it will be good for me, as
I'm somewhat out of health this
sprinar." .
" Certainly," replied the agent, while
an arch smile was playing about the
corner of his mouth. The liquor was
drawn and put into the bottle. The
agent is a polite man, and thought he
would save the young gentleman the
trouble of mixing the camphor with it,
hv Anrr it Viimooir Hn vpnr nnlifpW
and kindly pulverized the gum and put
it into the bottle, while . tie young
gentleman silently looked on with
face very much elongated.
'There !" continued the agent.
This is fourth proof brandy, and will
soon cut the camphor.
The young man paid a half dollar
for the brandy, put the bottle in his
pocket and silently walked out, cursing
in his heart the officious kindness of
the agent. The thing was done up
so smoothly and so kindly, that the
thirsty young man could not say
word, but his face looked unutterable
things. : ,
Women come with the "roots and
herbs" in their bottles, all ready to be
soaked in liquor, but a physician's cer
tificate has a more potent charm with
the agent tfian bottles filled with herbs,
Sometimes they bring their children
with sore heads, and point to them as
inducements to obtain the liquor, but
ine ageni mints pure roia. water is me
best tor such ailments.
" Will ye be so kind as to let me
have a pint of new rum, God bless
ye," said an elderly woman, "my poor
husband hasn't had a drop for three
weeks." "Let him go without just
three weeks lorger,' and he will not
want it at all," replied the agent. ,"I
can't let you have any." , , , v,
A rough looking customer came in
and wanted a quart of alcohol. , The
agent promptly drew it, but 6aid when
he took the pay and handed the bottle
to the man," ".You must be careful
how you use ' this article;1 for" it is
mighty strong." " . ":: v; :!:'"
'I suppose it is like ne w rum,"
grufilyreplied the man'. ''"'' ::n
Very far from 'It,' answered the
ii, i
4, 't !UU
t like knife.
and 'takef of 'the
gocV i l i
wherever it
"Then Twill thank you to
change it for gin." said the man.
rf he agent declined, but fiSallvtobk
back theJig;uor,.jjaid him th monc,
and the man went away with an empty
jugfind A Cea'ifi"hi8 earT Afidther
earner limping in, and wanted two
quarts of new rum to bathe his swollen
foot, which he--offered Ho na tockmg
and show, but the agent had no par
ticular wish to diid a swYWfoot.-!
The man said it cost him. two York
shillings a week to bathe that foot,
and didn't know how he' could get
along without bathing it in new rum.
A physician happened to be present,
who resides ier9(. now, -.but who has
practiced; many, years n yourcity.
The physician told him, ' that Alt the
good quality in the rum waa the water
m it, and advised him to go home', wet
some towels in water, put them on his
foot and keep them there until they
became "dry, and then exchange thet
for wet ones; also to keep his foot still
a day or two,' and he' would warrant
the man that the swelling would go
down. The man was very reluctant
to believe such a simple remedy would
do any good, but he went away very
imrsiy, anu wua no luusicm jiugnujj
of liquor ia his jug. : The above cases
occurred in a short time, and hundreds
of others might ! be mentioned. By
adopting such a course; the agent is
not troubled with so many calls as he
otherwise would be. Apparently there
is not a tithe off the sickness in town
there was a few days agol If calling
for liquor he a proof of sickness, then
the people of Burlington aud vicinity
are very much more healthy than they
were two t weeks , ogo. , A marked
change for the better nas taken' place.
"The web of our life .is of rningled
yarn, good and ill together; your .vir
tues would be proud, if our , faults
whipped, them not; and our crimes
would despair, if they were" not cher
ished, by our virtues. ...
-"tr t7onaar0 Rights.' " r"l a 'v'!
The late attempt of few females,
to hitch their peculiar hobbies to the
temperance cause meets with but lit
tle favor, except from a few of, the ex
extremely radical, who are everything
by turns, but nothing long, and who
look upon this movement as they do
upon almost every other a means of
acquiring notoriety. '"( ! '
It is pleasing to know,' that the nu
merous female temperance societies,
whose ramifications extend through
almost every town and village in the
Union, and whose praise is In the
mouth of every order-loving person
for their great and noble exertions
during the last ten years, have taken
no part in this movement; and we
have reason to think, disclaim' all
connection . with those self-delegated
Amazons, who would effectually crip
ple, or totally destroy,' great moral
movement, to advance what they are
rtloagorl tn nll Wnmon'o Pin-Tito ' J ' -l V
The ladies composing the several
temperance societies, so long and
widely known, owe it to ' themselves
and the cause they have diligently
labored to promote, instantly to re
pudiate the claims . of Abbey1 Fester
Kelly, Lucy Stone or Susan ' B. ' An
thony to speak for them. ' "'
The New-York and North- Ameri
can Grand Union of the Daughters
of Temperance, the great Albany de
monstration in' January .last, closed
Iheir session' qne day. previous, to the
Woman's Rights meeting, and,teturn
ed to their homes,' lest they 'might be
supposed as countenancing or favor
ing this ill-judged movemont.-A'j
' "I'll pay ybur bill on sight1 aa the
blind man said to a doctor who bad in
vain attempted to cure hint of 'his
blindnees. '"i-ntm ; q!.;j;(
agent, smiling

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