News: Clark Republican & Press (15 Jan 1882)
----Source: Family Records
A boy named Erza Wilcox was arrested last Monday for having sold intoxicating liquors to Stephen Weeks, who had been posted among the prohibited by the town authorities. The boy under arrest is a step-son of P.S. Miller, and at times is behind the bar in his (Miller's) saloon. A few weeks ago Weeks, the prohibited, got on a bender and in spite of all that could be done kept it up until it was found necessary in order to resore him to sobriety to take him to jail, which was finally done. After keeping him there for a few days, he was promised his liberty on the conditition that he would state where he procured the liquor he had consumed during this particular spree, which he finally did, his statement beeing that the boy arrested was the quilty party, the modus operandi, by which the law was to be evaded, being that of placing the whisky in a glass behind the bar and allowing him to go in and help himself, by exacting the amount necessary for the drink, whcih he was to deposit in the same place (unbeknown, of course, to the seller) at the time the drink was received. The examination was held yesterday before Justice Sturdevant, who held the decision, to consult authorities on some points raised in the case, until evening, when the prisoner was dismissed.
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