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Local Jottings

Source:  Spokane Falls Review, March 26, 1887, page 4

Subject:  Alcohol Dealers

Synopsis:  Local liquor vendors are reminded that mixed-blood citizens are allowed to buy alcohol, but one of those citizens specifically should not be sold any alcohol due to the fact that he turns around and sells it to the Indians.

 Text: 

The law which prohibits the sale of liquor to Indians does not include half-breeds in the restriction.  It turned out yesterday that the half-breed, Jackson, purchased the liquor with which the Indians became intoxicated.  Knowing the desperate character of the man no dealer in this city should sell liquor to Jackson, and furthermore, the dealer who sells Jackson whisky should be held accountable for the results.

Transcribed and annotated by Brad Northrup