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Eureka Springs Flashlight
Friday January 8 1909
Flashlight Index

Transcribed by Nancy Cooper encooper@cswnet.com.

Erueka Springs Flashlight, January 8 1909
Eureka Springs Flashlight
S. A. DIEHL, Editor
Friday January 8 1909
Vol. 12, No. 50

SALOONS AGAIN DOING BUSINESS

Case Decided in Their Favor By Judge Dodson

SAW FIVE DRY DAYS

        The Contest Lasted Five Days, Both Sides Fighting for Every Inch of Ground.

        "Saloons or no saloons," was the question. The debate took place before his honor, Judge Dobson, at Berryville, taking up the greater portion of five days--Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

        The affirmative side of the question was looked after by Attorneys James and Fuller, the saloon interests of the city, and an adult census petition.

        The negative side was championed by Attorney Butt, the Anti-Saloon League, and a petition of 1096 names.

        After hearing the arguments on both sides, Judge Dobson, decided in favor of the affirmative.

        Well, it's all over for another year, at least; the majority of the adult population of Eureka Springs have said that the saloons may stay for another year.

        We are a representative democracy and believe in majority rule, and until such time as the people of the state, county, or municipality vote or decide differently, Eureka Springs' four saloons have a legal right to exist and do business in this city.

        The original petition contained 1,263 names and the census petition, 2,562 names; these were whittled down to 1,096 and 2,481 names respectively. In other words, the petition suffered the loss of 167 names and the census, 81 names. The petition lacked just 146 names of enough to exclude saloons within the three mile limit.

        The saloon license having expired December 31, 1908, this city saw five dry days, not counting Sunday. Licenses were issued Thursday morning.



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