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A Saloonless Nation and a Stainless Flag
COLWATER, KANSAS, MARCH 20, 1920
PUBLIC PROHIBITED TO DRINK AT SALOONS AND BARS
Today, Friday, March 20, will long be remembered as one of the epoch-making dates in the history of the United States, as today National Prohibition becomes an established fact in this country. The liquor advocates will continue their persistent struggle for a chance to profit by their nefarious business, but common sense, the innate better judgment of the American people, will continue to prevail and Old King Booze, otherwise knows as “John Barleycorn,” will in time be entirely driven from our coasts!
by VICTOR WHITE
by CLAIR THOMPSON
by NORMAN HADLEY
Saloon Closed in Kansas
PROHIBITION IS IN FULL SWING
Saloons and bars across the country are now in lockdown as nationwide prohibition is in full swing. Saloon keepers all over are furious with the decision and worried for their future as their livelihood has been stripped away. Momentum had been building for a while for this movement, however, many thought it was unlikely. Officials have raised questions whether we will in fact see a spike in moonshine distilling, a rise in bootlegging criminal activities and an increase in liquor consumption. Who knows what the future holds.
Sunday afternoon, March 22 at 3 p. m. at the M. E. church will be held the “funeral services” of John Barleycorn.
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ANNIVERSARY OF SHERIFF DEATH
Sheriff Leeroy McNelly
Today marks the anniversary of the tragic death of Sheriff Leroy McNelly who was found dead by US Marshals at the town's local saloon. Mrs Ada Cassidy, the owner, reported to the Marshals that, in a state of inebriation, Mr McNelly fell over and shot himself with his own sidearm. Her husband, Clyde Cassidy, corroborated her version of events. The Mayor expressed his grief after the late sheriff’s father only recently suffered a similar fate. Our condolences to the McNelly family. Quote from Sheriff Bickford.
After a near four month’s tracking Garrett J. R. Carson, starting way back in Amarillo, US Marshals raided Carson’s massive moonshine distillery and arrested Carson on charges of manufacture and possession of alcohol without adequate licensure. The Marshals thus destroyed the back-woods still and seized 22 gallons of moonshine. And upon a further investigation, brought on by the inkling of Sheriff Bickford, a Randall County permit for the opening of a pharmacy in Amarillo, TX was also found. “We knew that Carson, a Coldwater resident his whole life, had himself a history of moonshine-making, and that he was intending to put down roots in Amarillo. We now know it was strictly for the purpose of making and selling moonshine, and beneath the heinous guise of a legitimate pharmaceutical and druggist’s enterprise.” –
Quote from Sheriff Bickford.
SHOCK APPEARANCE AT TOWN HALL MEETING
by Clair Thompson
A town meeting was held to discuss prohibition in America. Local and renowned business
owners and entrepreneurs, the Cassidys, were in attendance. Mr Cassidy, as we know, gave a considerable financial contribution to the town for a new jailhouse, and committed at the meeting to the clean-up of Coldwater, and the commitment of keeping it a dry town, dry county, and dry country. Please see Mayor J. C. Doig pictured shaking hands with Mr Clyde Cassidy on the next page.
Cassidy's Pharmacy Opening
by Norman Hadley
Coldwater’s own ‘Moonshine Saloon’ recently reopened as ‘Cassidy’s Pharmacy.’ Rumor was Cassidy sold actual illegal moonshine. Wonder if his new medicinal liquor is the same delicious hooch. Not that this writer would know anything about it...