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100 years ago: ‘Jamaica Ginger’ a violation of state prohibitory law, county attorney says

March 19, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 19, 1914:

  • "'Jamaica Ginger' has come into disfavor with County Attorney J. S. Amick. The attorney today declared that he had information that this product was being sold in some drug stores in the county. Holding that this is a violation of the prohibitory law of the state, the county attorney is preparing a campaign to stop its sale in the city. Jamaica Ginger is said to be sold as a drug. On the label is stated plainly that it is made up of 'ninety per cent alcohol.' Mr. Amick holds that under the laws of Kansas any article of trade containing that much alcohol comes under the provision of the statues regarding the sale of intoxicants. 'Recently I have heard many complaints of men becoming intoxicated through the use of this sort of a medicine as a beverage,' declared the attorney today. 'I have heard that it is being sold here and if I can prove this rumor correct I shall bring proceedings intended to stop it at once.'"
  • "A blanket of snow ranging from two to seven inches covered a large portion of Kansas and Missouri this morning and caused great rejoicing among the wheat growers and farmers generally.... Douglas county farmers are among the rejoicing wheat growers today. Their wheat outlook is very good as it was but there was a growing need for moisture. The snow has filled this want and now the prospects for wheat were never better. Farmers are immensely pleased and feel certain that their crop is assured.... The snow which began to fall yesterday morning was continued all during the night and for a while this morning. The snow remained over night but this morning the sun came out and it seems that the entire fall will be melted away by evening. However, the ground was dry and practically all of the moisture will be absorbed.... According to the statement of Mr. T. E. Griesa the fruit in this locality is not injured in the least by the cold weather of last night. It was thought by some that the buds had started enough by the warm days to cause them to be open and easily frozen. But Mr. Griesa said that very few of the buds had started on the fruit trees and those that had were not open enough to make them susceptible to the cold. No fears need be entertained unless there is more cold."
  • "This afternoon the advance guard of high school teachers and athletes will arrive in Lawrence to be ready for the opening of the eleventh annual conference of High Schools and Academies tomorrow morning at the University. More than 700 visitors are expected on Mount Oread tomorrow and Saturday. This snow may cut down the attendance somewhat. The basketball tournament for the state high school championship will be the biggest in the history of interscholastic sports at the University of Kansas and in the United States. Four hundred players in forty-eight teams from thirty-eight towns will compete for the state cup."

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