PARAGOULD A TEMPERANCE TOWN

 

DECEMBER 24 , 1909

THE DAILY SOLIPHONE


TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

TINA@GRNCO.NET


THERE ARE FEW TOWNS , IF ANY , WHERE THE TEMPERANCE SENTIMENT IS STRONGER THAN IT IS IN PARAGOULD.

THE TOWN HAS BEEN FREE FROM SALOONS FOR TEN YEARS AND THERE IS EVERY INDICATION THAT IT WILL REMAIN THAT WAY. THE TEMPERENCE SENRIMENT OF THE COUNTY, OUTSIDE OF PARAGOULD , IS EVEN STRONGER THAN IT IS IN TOWN. PARAGOULD HAS LIVED UNDER THE REIGN OF THE SALOON . AS A "DRY" TOWN IT HAS EXPERIENCED SOME TROUBLE WITH BLIND TIGERS , BUT THEY OPERATE IN SECRET AND NOT IN OPEN DEFIANCE OF THE SENTIMENT.

THE OFFICERS OF THE LAW ARE VIGILANT IN SUPPRESSING BLIND TIGERS BECAUSE SENTIMENT DEMANDS IT. OFFENDERS OF THE LIQUIOR LAWS OPERATE AT THEIR PERIL IN PARAGOULD AND THEIR OPERATIONS ARE SHORT LIVED , FOR THEY INVARIBLY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE CLUTCHES OF THE LAW AND THE COURTS , IN OBEDIENCE TO PUBLIC SENTIMENT , ARE RIGID IN DEALING WITH THEM.

THERE IS NOT A TOWN ON THE MAP WHERE THERE IS LESS DRUNKENESS THAN IS TO BE SEEN IN PARAGOULD . STRANGERS VISITING THE TOWN OBSERVE THIS AND THEY COMMENT UPON IT.

THE MERCHANTS OF PARAGOULD HAVE LEARNED BY EXPERIENCE THAT THE SALOON IS A DETRIMENT TO THE BUSINESS INTERESTS OF THE TOWN THEY HAVE LEARNED THAT THEY MAKE BETTER COLLECTIONS WHEN THERE IS NO WHISKEY SOLD IN THE OPEN. THEY HAVE LEARNED THAT THE TOWN IS BETTER OFF IN A BUSINESS WAY WITHOUT SALOONS THAN WITH THEM; THEREFORE , AS A MATTER OF BUSINESS THEY ARE OPPOSED TO THE SALOON AND ALMOST EVERY BUSINESS MAN IN PARAGOULD VOTES AGAINST SALOONS AT THE GENERAL ELECTION EVERY TWO YEARS , FOR BUSINESS REASONS.

THE MORAL STATUS OF THE TOWN IS MUCH IMPROVED SINCE THE SALOON WENT OUT. THE RECORDS OF THE CRIMINAL COURTS SHOW THAT THE CRIMES WHICH USUALLY GROW OUT OF LIQUOR TRAFFIC ARE REDUCED TO THE MINIMUM.

IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE DAY OF THE SALOON HAS PASSED IN PARAGOULD AND AS A RESULT THERE IS AN ALMOST TOTAL ABATEMENT OF DRUNKENESS . THE DAY OF THE BLIND TIGER IS ALMOST GONE . JUST AFTER THE SALOONS WENT OUT THE TIGERS INFESTED THE TOWN , BUT PUBLIC SENTIMENT AGAINST THEM HAS CAUSED THEM TO GO AND WE HAVE REALLY A "DRY" TOWN.