100 Years Ago in Warren: Booze delivery


Taken from the pages of the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in June 1913:

Slow down!

The regular meeting of the town council was held Monday evening. The most important discussion was relative to the corner of CHild and Main streets as a dangerous one for automobilists. There were many suggestions as to the relief necessary. The question of a new ordinance relative to speed at this point was talked over, some favoring such and naming the speed as five miles per hour. A point came up as to whether or not such an ordinance would not conflict with the state law, which says 15 miles per hour.

Have booze, will deliver

When the town council called the members of the police department into consultation and issued orders to follow up this so called "express" business, where the chief and only articles handled are racks of beer and ale, it made a good move. The police were prompt to act. Members of the force mounted the seats beside the drivers and drove around the town taking note carefully of the methods in vogue for the delivery of said articles. The "express" business has been a nuisance for some time. If it is carried on legally or if there is any legal loophole for these men to take, they may do it. But the whole business is "illegal." The men engaged in it know it and now that thye are aware that the council and police are watching every move, the likelihood is that they will stop. The peddling of liquor by the rack from house to house is not to be defended on any ground. If men must have it, let them go where it is legally sold. If they must carry it home let it be bought of him who has the right to dispose of it. These companies of deliver cannot do a retail business on another man's license. They are not "common carriers" in the intent and meaning of the law. They are making the intolerable stuff too handy to the reach and taste of children. They are robbing the home of the necessities of lie to the tune of $1.50 to $2.50 per week each one who buys. Widespread comment has been made about the action of the council and the force. People on all sides are rejoicing that the council and the police are after these nefarious and scaramouch express companies.

Horse makes a break for it

A junk man from Fall River had a lively time Tuesday afternoon on Metacom avenue, or his horse did. He (the horse) became frightened at a passing automobile, and immediately let out a pace hitherto unknown that would have done credit to the ENglish Derby of recent date. But there was no suffragette to stop him. A plain, every day citizen tried near Vernon street. But the attempt was futile; the horse having gained his freedom meant to enjoy it. He saw a pole and hit it. This gave him a greater liberty, for the wagon, with a shattered wheel and the horse with a broken harness parted company. The animal went onto Child street. He had some cuts on his legs and flanks when he was caught, as he was, finally. A new wheel, a patched harness, and a subdued nag made the journey to Fall River once more a possibility for the vendor of junk, and it was resumed. The animal used good judgement on his dash, for in spite of the fact that there were many vehicles on the road, he steered his way by all without a hit.

100 years ago


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