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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 36

To Whom Liquor is Forbidden

To Whom Liquor is Forbidden.

Sections 15,18,19, 20, and 21, act of 1857, forbid the sale or giving away of liquor to any Indian, apprentice, minor under the age of eighteen, without consent of parents; to an inmate of any poor-house, or to any intoxicated person, or to "any habitual drinker of intoxicating liquors," when liquor-sellers have been warned by magistrates or over page 5 beers of the poor not to sell to such drinker. It is unlawful, also, to sell or give liquor to any person guilty of habitual drunkenness, or to sell on the Sabbath, or on election days, or on any day of the week "between the hours of one and five in the morning" to any person.

The amended act of May, 1873, is very stringent in respect to Sabbath and election day violations. "All places licensed shall be kept closed at all times when selling is not authorized by law. Constable and police must enforce the observance of this provision."

Again. "Whoever offends by selling or giving away intoxicating liquor Sunday or election day, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished for each offence by a fine not less than $30 nor more than $200, or by imprisonment not less than five days nor more than fifty days, or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court."

Note 1. For every violation of the law, .a licensed dealer, in addition to other penalties, has his license revoked, and is incapable of receiving another for three years. See Sections 25, 26, and 27.

Note 2. Magistrates and overseers of the poor are required, on complaint that a husband or other near relative is a "habitual drinker of intoxicating liquors," to issue written notices to all dealers complained of, forbidding them to give or sell any liquor to such person. If they do this, they are to be lined for each offence $50 and costs, Section 19.