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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 36

Excepted Purposes and Uses

Excepted Purposes and Uses

for which the manufacture and traffic would still legally exist is, I think, as broad and comprehensive as any which can be devised, and at the same time secure the object of the amendment. The term arts includes cooking and all the common, useful, industrial, and preservative purposes which are known and practiced by the people, as well as the fine arts and the more intricate and recondite processes of the laboratory. The term medicinal must cover every occasion for the use of alcohol as a remedy for physical infirmity, whether of man or beast, and I think the statement of specific excepted uses and purposes for which production and traffic may be continued better than the mere prohibition thereof for use as a "beverage." The medicinal use is necessarily sometimes as a beverage, although the proper use as a beverage is always medicinal. Possibly it would follow that the prohibition of the use as a beverage might interfere with its medicinal application in some cases. In all the statutes which I have seen, the page 31 choice of terms is between the word "beverage," on the one hand, leaving the article to unrestricted use for all other purposes, and a general prohibition for all purposes, with exception only of those recognized cases of necessity which, being definitely known, could be provided for, and thus the abuses which might arise in the other method of the statement be avoided.