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the begun of the is that is of the statesmen, United coming awaj century. trade ex- and ot the decide of part of a along- must this,from a very may be intimacy annexation, undeviating Canada THE SODA FOUNTAIN. The Iowa W. C. T. U. Finds Its Product. (Clinton Age.) Some associations formed to stuict the world are kept busy searching: for things that require The W. C. T. U. has no doubt own estimation accomplished No doubt it has done much good. ·would not throw a feather in its But just now a great many ar ,, laughing at its efforts to reform wicked soda fountain. The limes pays attention to this latest lormatory movement: "The W. C. T. u. for the Sixth u net of Iowa in convention a- loosa the past week not only con uemnee' t],«. - u n - n .,o-vl al :1 li s ,x-ia' functions as a part of its opnositf'-.n 'to tho Hq-nr carried on in the traffic y« soda fountains as some can not the with position that to be such common ot interest, any of identify more the upon North reciprocity have is to o" this district.' u proposed to fur. nish each of the thirty unions in district a list of the places dispensing these drinks and resolved 'That these drinks consist largely of S0illc form of alcohol, and are indiscriminately sold, the members of this convention show their disapproval by refusing their patronage, and using influence with their friends to trading at establishments where so-called fancy drinks are sold in violation of law.' "The ladies are reasonable if thev have evidence that the soda water dealers of the Sixth district dispense intoxicating beverages to their patrons, but it appears from the report their proceedings that no such evidence was produced and that their action was based on fanciful and senti- niental grounds. In an interview Dunham of Burlington, state presi! dent, went so far as to declare present day soda fountain 'more harmful m its effect on womanhood and youths of the land than the lowest saloon in existence.' She charged that the women and children received at the soda fountains 'the same drinks that the toper had doled out over bar of a saloon.' Mrs. Ida B. Wise Muscatine Valley, district president condemned the habit of dropping into' a confectionery or drug store for a drink when down town. She thoufeht of it led to strong drink and her on the matter were such that she long 'refused to eat ice cream at fountain parlors.' Various other women expressed themselves to the effect. There was objection, too because some of the drinks dispensed the soda fountains bore wicked such as Manhattan flip anc Turkish cocktail. "Either the soda water dealers of Sixth district are an especially vicious lot or the W. C. T. U. has been betrayed into a very absurd position It io ridiculous to contend that the appetite for strong drink is contracted patronizing the establishments which dispense 'soft' drinks and ice cream or that women and children would safer if the only refreshment booths m the business district were saloons dispensing intoxicating beverages The W. C. T. U. leaders might be more influential if they could shake off the habit of issuing resolutions and interviews which do not commend themselves to the common sense of their sisters." Jl

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  1. Iowa City Press-Citizen,
  2. 29 Aug 1903, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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