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Saturday last there was a drunken carnival in Ames. Our reporter observed three cases, and only a small section of Main street had been heard from at that hour. Where does the "budge" come from? Who keeps open saloon in Ames? Who sells the "hard cider" (?) that makes the drunk come. Man's disregard and defiance of law seems to be on the rampage. Will men never cease to want to break the law because it is the law? And have they no realizing sense of their responsibility to God for debauching men's souls and bodies? He who willfully violates the laws of his country is not a good citizen, and a community is justified in driving him forth. The drunkard-maker is worse and more dangerous to society than the unfortunate intoxicant who staggers through our streets. We have pity for the drunkard and sympathy for his distressed family, but we have no pity, no sympathy, no respect for the creature that deals out the liquor that sends husbands, fathers and brothers reeling through our thoroughfares. These violaters of the law should be boycotted by every decent man and woman in the community. They are vipers, whose sting is as deadly as the rattle-snake's, and should be shunned as we would the poisoned fangs of the reptile. Ames Intelligencer.(Oct. 21, 1886.)
MADE TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF STORY COUNTY BY A
COMMITTEE OF LADIES, ABOUT 18%4, AND MADE BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE W. C. T. U., MRS. MARY M.
ALLEN, OF NEVADA, VIZ:
"Honorable Gentlemen of the Board of Supervisors:
We are here as a committee sent by .the W. C. T. U. to entreat of you not to grant permits to those who have petitioned for the right to sell intoxicating liquors. We come with the law in our hands, page 280, section 1529. First, We claim to be residents of the county and have an interest in the prosperity and welfare of its citizens. Second, The persons applying shall be of good moral character.
Now the question is whether this is an employment which a man of good moral character would be, or ought to be, engaged in. Is it such a business as the citizens ought to approve? Is it such as your conscience and sober judgment can approve? Is it such? Is it such as your God and Judge will approve? When we know it is not to benefit our neighbor, nor promote public health, or morals, or happinessbut for the sole purpose of making money. We feel and believe that it don't pay to permit the existence of a traffic which only results in crime, poverty, misery and death; which