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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 8

Signal Opportunity

Signal Opportunity.

By one of its provisions no Judge of any County Court is permitted to issue a license to any drain shop unless it shall be first petitioned for by a majority of all the tax-payers of the township, town, or city block. Furthermore it is required that this petition be renew. page 16 [unclear: the] 4th day of July, in [unclear: every] year or the license shall he void and the traffic unlawful, this affords fitting opportunity to test the sense of every neighborhood, to arraign delinquent courts in every county, to enforce the law as to all its prohibitory features. Not one in fifty of the 5,922 dram shops in Missouri is to-day entitled to remain open. Let this be the celebration then, to which all men in Missouri opposed to drunkenness shall address themselves by way of organized protest at the anniversary of the nation's independence, and if you will do so with the spirit of your fathers in 1776, you will achieve a deliverance for the State second m importance to none that has yet been accomplished.