News from 100 years ago
The following news was taken from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago
June 1, 1922
TO ESTABLISH THE SANITY LEAGUE AT JACKSON CO.
The Sanity League of America, a national incorporated organization that seeks to amend the Volstead Act to allow the manufacture and sale of light wines and beer under government control, organizes here.
WH Willis of Portland, who is the district organizer in southern Oregon, says the current law is producing violators by the millions, flooding the country with poisonous liquors causing untold disease and death; and that the effort to enforce the law costs $100,000,000 a year that must come out of taxpayers’ pockets.
“The saloon is gone forever,” Mr. Willis said, “and in the course of my web I don’t find one in a hundred who wishes to see it again; but the Sanity League believes that light wines and beer under strict government control would take away the profits from illegal liquor and smuggling and automatically return such offenders to law-abiding citizens.
PRISON INMATES CALL STRIKE ON SHORT RATIONS
MM. William Zeigler and David Miller, languishing in county jail on variant smuggling charges, mutinied this morning and refused to work. The gentlemen were tasked with cleaning the bricks and defending their dignity and constitutional rights. Jack Smith, in jail on an indictment alleging “advocating the commission of a felony”, also balked, but, as he awaits trial, he doesn’t have to work hard and spin.
State law states that prisoners who refuse to work when called “shall be placed on a diet of bread and water”, and County Judge Gardner announced that the prescription would be given, and the jailer announced that solitary confinement would be the fate of the malcontents until they felt like working.
Sheriff Terrill called his stubborn accusations and ordered them to go to work, and getting no results, changed tack and begged them to “take a chance to sweat – it hasn’t killed anyone yet”. This plea also failed, so regime change was ordered. The idea of missing a meal overcame their prejudices and the strike began.
The physical chore the couple was assigned to was dropping mortar on bricks, sitting on a box, in the shade of the trees in the courthouse.
—Alissa Corman; [email protected]