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- Cod C, WASS: Rights and Duty of Prohibition.

ARGUMENT

BEFORE A

JOINT SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE

MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE,

IN THE

Hall of the House of Representatives,

BY

A. A: MINER,

April 2, 1867.

PHONOGRAPHIC REPORT.

BOSTON:

WRIGHT & POTTER, PRINTERS, No. 4 SPRING LANE.

1867.

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INTRODUCTORY.

The Petitioners for a license law, under the leadership of Hon. Alpheus Hardy, were represented before the Legislative License Committee by Hon. John A. Andrew and Hon. Linus Child as counsel. Although the movement appeared to emanate from the leading petitioner and his associates, it became evident in the progress of the examination that the liquor-dealers of Boston were the real authors of the plan, as discussed in a meeting of theirs on April 19, 1866, when it was said, " It will not do to let the effort emanate from the liquor-dealers as liquor-dealers—that a petition was circulating among the dry goods and other merchants, looking to a meeting in Faneuil Hall with this object in view; but it must not appear that the meeting was held by the liquordealers, for the moment the liquor element was introduced, the influence was lost."

Also, in this connection, the following secret circular, that was issued subsequently to the traffickers in strong drink, very plainly points to the real movers for a license law :

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WHEREAS, The rapid strides made during the last few years by hypocritical fanaticism in class legislation ; in the centralization of power in the hands of those of their own opinion only; in establishing a band of hired spies and informers under a system of licensed espionage ; in curtailing trade and paralyzing a great and important traffic; and in overriding great principles of law; in violating the sanctity of homes under special search warrants, and in seizing and

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