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Local Jottings
Source: Spokane Falls Review, January 21, 1887, page 2

Subject:  Alcohol & Indian relations

Synopsis:  The costs associated with preventing the sale of alcohol to Indians by white dealers should serve as a signal to local officials to take action and remove all Indians from the city and place them on reservations.

Text: 

The continued expense attached to prosecuting and punishing men for selling whiskey to Indians will eventually have the effect of awakening the authorities of the county to the necessity of having roving bands of Indians put on some reservation.  As long as the Indians continue to loaf about town, so long will be found men to supply them with liquor, and so this heavy burden of expense will be kept up.  The solution to the existing state of affairs is the removal of the redman away from the city.

Transcribed and annotated by Brad Northrup.