Clipped From The Paris News
THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JULY «, Ittt. BACKWARD GLANCES By A. W. NKVZ1XI LIQUOR CONTROL LAW HAD TEETH They Were Sharp Enough But Saloon Keepers Seldom Were Bitten By Them Thirty-two years ago, July 12, 1907, what was known as the Baskin-McGregor liquor law became effective-in Texas. It had no bearing in Lamar County, for prohibition had been voted here and was in effect, but it was the tightest liquor law e\«ir enacted in Texas. The State license for a saloon was increased to $750 from $600 if liquor, was sold and beer joints were charged $125. Dealers in liquor were required to giw bond for $5,000 and bondsmen could be sued if the seller violated the law. Applicants for license first had to get a permit from the State Comp- 1_roH:-r and then apply to the County Judge, swearing he had been a resident of the State two years. If his saloon was in a block where there were more residences than business houses, or any block with a church or school, a majority of the property owners had to give written consent for the saloon. Saloons had to be closed at midnight until 5 o'clock in the morning and Saturday midnight until Monday morning. Screens that obstructed view of the bar from outside were not permitted. No'woman could be employed as servant, bartender or waitress, except members of the saloon keeper's family. No obscene pictures talking, or any other noise which might disturb persons near the s«loon were allowed. Forfeiture of the license was to follow conviction for tiling to minors or allowing them in the saloon, or for permitting games to be played on the premises, including cards, dice, dominoes, billiards, pool or any other game of skill or chance. Lewd women were not to bo allowed in the saloon nor wer* sales to be made to them. Penalty was provided for selling at any place where people assembled for religious services or educational purpo:«:s or on an election day penalty being tin? of $50 to $200 or six mpnths in jail or both. Other acts ot the Legislature at the 1907 session included prohibiting railroads issuing passes except to employes or members of tb:-ir families, prohibiting drinking liquor on train, making non-support of wife by a husband a misdemeanor with fine from $100 to $1,000, probihiting cock fights or betting on baseball games or shipping of game from the state. One nuisance tax law repealed was that which levied occupation tax on merchants, lawyers, dentists, physicians and other professions and busine.'sss. The pal nor. keepers observed this law about as they had all other could bo displayed in the saloon. } laws regulating their business No music, or loud or boisterous I which was often very little.