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Hereford Reporter (Newspaper) - September 20, 1901, Hereford, Texas V to. A Hereford recognized fact that Hereford s the a Banner town Quot of the Plains vol. I. No. 31 Hereford deaf Smith county Texas september 20, Itoi $1.50 per Yea the Campaign is opened editor Vanderburgh expresses his views on the Saloon question. Think before you vote. Deaf Smith county citizens Are asked to condemn a Man for obeying the Laws. The people of Hereford and deaf Smith county should weigh the local option question Well in their minds before casting their vote at the coming election to decide that much discussed question. Let us look into the liquor business As a. Present conducted in Hereford. The present proprietor a Public spirited Law abiding citizen was an officer of the Law for Many years and bears Many scars of wounds made while an officer of the famous Texas rangers in the enforcement of the Laws and the bringing of offenders to Justice. He came to Hereford and cast his lot with the town and its people and has spared no expense to help make Hereford what it is today the a Banner town of the Plains. He has invested his hard earned Money in a business which is legalized by the Laws of the state and country and has made Nis name noted As a liquor dealer who lives up to every letter of the Law. On account of his policy to sell no liquor to an intoxicated person drunkenness is almost unknown to the citizens of Hereford and what Little intoxication there has been was confined to people who bought their liquor from outside dealers and upon whom local option would have no possible effect. They should also Bear in mind that minors those under ,21 years of age can under no circumstances obtain liquor at herefords Only liquor store that games of Chance area full and free discussion of this important Issue is earnestly desired Send in your communications with your name signed thereto and the reporter will publish them strictly prohibited thus making the House anything but a place of amusement and that the Money paid into the county Treasury As License materially increases the local governments finances. Were the liquor business in Hereford conducted on anything but a Law abiding basis the editor of this paper would join the local option Side of the question. But inasmuch As conscientious Law abiding liquor dealers Are few and far Between he believes that when a town has one such his Law abiding qualities should be applauded instead of condemned a and a local option Law would be a condemnation. Again i say consider the matter Well before you cast your vote. F. L. Vanderburgh. Or. Vanderburg answered. The above article from f. L. Vanderburg opens the Campaign in defense of the Saloon. While we regret to see or. Vanderburg espouse what we consider the wrong Side of this question we Are ready and glad to publish both sides of the question making this condition however that contributors sign their productions. When no name is signed the writer May be charged with editorial. The writer of the article referred to Calls upon us to look at the liquor business As it exists in Hereford. In the first place taking for granted that the proprietor of the Hereford Saloon is tracking the Law to the letter. Does or. Vanderburg suppose that this town which has had such rapid growth for the past three years will not assume greater proportions in the Way of furnishing wholesale and ret a dealers in it aul kinds of hardware Call and examine our line before purchasing. R your Stock of harvesting machinery is t full and Complete and we can and i will save you Money. Quot wow my Dvor "d1 wig something to satisfy the enlarged appetite for liquor that is Bing cultivated Here is it not a fact that others Are contemplating entering the Saloon business Ani has or. Vanderburgh or any one any Assurance that other saloons that might be opened would be con looted by Law abiding men is it any news to the Public that it is a rarity to find anybody but Law Breakers in the Saloon business the new thing in the matter is for a Saloon advocate to make this acknowledgement. In the second place the people of Hereford Are making no attempt to convict the Saloon Man Here of any violation of the Law nor has the writer Ever heard of such a charge but they have simply asked for the privilege of condemning the liquor traffic however it May be run and to say by their votes that they will net be a party to the crime of enticing their Fellowman to squander his Money to barter away his prospects his happiness his very soul and blight the Hopes the All of a dependent and disappointed wife and neglected children. This is the Issue instead of the legality of the acts of the Man that chances to run a shop in Hereford. The very fact that the Saloon Here is run legally has Given the business a respectability that causes people to drink and acquire the drink habit that a uld not enter a Low dive. Does or. Vanderburgh know of such a person the next Point i will notice is the fact that the Saloon Man has invested a this hard earned Money in the business Here and therefore should not be disturbed. There Are other lines of investment that Are profit Able and no doubt the Man who can run an unworthy business in a worthy Way if such a Paradox is allowable would surely receive his share of patronage in a business the worthiness of which is unquestioned. On this san Point of investment have the mothers and wives of the i town any investment in their boys or their husbands Are these to be considered in making up our minds As to where considerations Are justly due and Are the mothers and wives better pleased and entirely satisfied if the whiskey they smell on the breath of their son or husband As he comes Home full is sold by a Man that Sells it according to Law is legally sold whiskey More conducive of happiness in the Home on the other hand whoever enters the Saloon business in Texas does so upon notice of a statute guaranteeing to i citizens of any county or any smaller political division the right to say whether the business shall be continued in their midst. Then to offer such an argument is puerile. Next As to the Revenue question. I will have some figures to present at an Early Date but will say just Here that recently in answer to this question in a Northern City the women of the town proposed to the antics that they would raise hogs and donate to make up the deficiency if they would Only vote out whiskey preferring to sacrifice their hogs rather than their boys for the running expenses of the City government. We emphasize it a think before you r. F. Holloway. First class Job work is our specially. Let us figure on your work

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