The Mineola Daily Argus (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 21, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 21, 1903 Page: 1 of 4
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The Mineola Daily Argus.
MINEOLA, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 21, 1903.
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Call in and see our new Shirt Waist
Patterns, also some nobby Belts
and Shirt Waist Sets, new Chata-
laine Belts, etc.
Yours for Economy and Solid Satis-
Notice to Subscribers.
Beginning Tuesday morn-
ing, Feb. 13th, all subscrip-
tions will be discontinued
which have not been paid for
in advance. If you appre-
ciate The Argus, you will be
willing to pay for it in ad-
vance. If you do not ap-
preciate it, we do not want
you to have it. Don't wait
for us to ask you for the
subscription money, bnt hand
it to us when you see us on
We have reduced the
monthly subscription price
from 60 cents to 50 cents,
which will be made to ap-
ply to all past payments as
well as future ones. The
weekly price will remain 15
cents a week.
The paper is delivered free
every morning in all that
part of the city embraced in
the old corporation limits.
If the carrier boy fails to
leave your paper, please no-
tify us at once. Don't for-
get we have' a phone, and
don't forget that we will al-
ways appreciate any news
item you may give us.
Sims & Co. carry a com-
plete line of feedstuffs, seed
oats, corn, bran, etc. tf.
makes a specialty of
serving appetizing hot
and cold lunches.
So come in when hun-
~ gry and let us serve
you right and to your
ROBINS & HENRY,
Restaurant and Confectionery,
Successors to Z. B. Gilliam.
We make a specialty of
handling only the choicest
Meats, Lard, etc,, and you
will always receive high,
treatment at our market.
J. C. WOOD, Proprietor,
mule, 15 hands high, 6 years old,
has a touch of the heaves, left
with blanket and halter on. Will
pay reasonable reward for re-
turn of mule to Thos. Riley,
The Argus is here to stay.
Did you know it?
Fifteen cents a week or
50 cents a month gets The
Mineola Daily Argus.
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J. J. EDWARDS'
Dry Goods Store
and see the nice
Beautiful Pearl Buttons
in the Show Case
Let Us Know
Promptly when you fail to
receive The Argus by 9
o'clock every morning ex-
cept Monday. Ring 65 and
The City Bakery.
We constantly have a large supply of
nice, wholesome, appetizing loaf oread,
cakes, pies, etc, and make a specialty
of serving our customers with fresh
breadstuffs and not the stale kind.
26 A. B. W&BB, Prop.
H.C.GKDDIB. V. R HARRIS.
GEDDIE & HARRIS,
Mineola, .... Texas.
R. C. CLARK,
staple and Fancy Groceries,
Don't be afraid to take
The Argus out of the post-
office if it is addressed to
you, as we never send the
paper to any one who has
not subscribed for it or had
it paid for by a friend. In
other words, we don't force
the paper on anybody.
For a quick, smooth, easy shave or
an up-to-date hair cut go to the ton-
sorlal parlor of C. h. McAdams on
west side of Johnson street. 12.
The Argus is now
delivered in the residence
portion of town as well as
in the business section. If
you fail to get the paper reg-
ularly notify us at once.
AB ALLEN'S ....
..... Meat Market
Caters to the Patronage of
the people by handling only
choice meats, lard etc. All
purchases from 15 cents up,
delivered free to any part of
i am always in the market
for fat beeves1 and hogs.
Ab Allen . . . Mineola.
OPTION By Local Option Exccative Committee.
The chief argument, or rather, the dogmatic asser-
tions, with which our anti friends endeavor to combat Lo-
cal Option, may be enumerated and stated as follows:
1st. Local Option infringes the liberties and encroaches
upon the privileges of the individual.
2nd. Local Option does not accomplish the end de-
signed, does not prohibit, and is, therefore, a failure.
3rd. Local Option will demoralize business, and there-
by kill the towns of the county, besides visiting untold
calamities on the country generally.
4th. Local Option will bankrupt the county jury fund
and, as a consequence thereof, jurors will go unpaid.
Let us examine two of those so-called arguments at
the personal liberty wail.
In so far as local option effects the dealer, it can
truthfully, logically, justly and constitutionally be stated,
in reply, that no man has an absolute or vested right to
engage or continue in a business that is, or becomes, a
nuisance to the community, or a menace to the general
welfare of society. The people have a right to abate any
thing or institution that becomes a positive evil. The
God-given right of self-defense attaches to and inheres in
the community with all the sanctity and efficacy that it
does to the individual. No liquor dealer has any right, in
law, equity or common sense, to complain at the people
when they resolve to adopt Local Option. When a man
goes into the business, he does so with the full knowledge
and understanding that the people have the right to, and
in fact may, decide at any time, to suspend the traffic in
their midst. The law does not prescribe a harsh and ar-
bitrary procedure. It gives the dealer 40 days after the
election in which to dispose of his wares and readjust
himself, besides refunding to him the [fooportional part of
his occupation tax. In this glorious land of ours, where
the voice of the people is the voice of God, may it never
be said that the people have not a right to suppress a
Hydra-headed evil that is a menace to public order, that
lies in wait for the young manhood of our land, that des-
troys our homes, brings anguish to human hearts and
takes joy and hope out of human lives. This is a matter
in which the selfishness of the particular individual must
give place to the common good. Each one must vote his
honest convictions, and not be deterred therefrom by the
temporary interest of some friend who may be engaged
e liquor traffic.
And the great and inestimable privilege of tipling!
O, the glorious prerogative of guzzling! Oh, the un-
speakable liberty of leaning against the saloon counter,
amidst an atmosphere reeking with obscene yarns and
toasts and lurid with blasphemous oaths and curses, and
there imbibe a fiery liquid that drives reason from her
throne and puts a murderous devil in the heart! Is it not
a rare and precious privilege? Will the fathers of Wood
county, who have sons to raise and whom they desire to
see grow into sturdy manhood and useful citizenship, take
the responsibility of voting to retain the saloon in their
midst in order that they and those sons may enjoy the de-
lightful, edifying and supreme privilege of guzzling a
schooner of foaming lager beer before the polished mirror
of our gilded grogshop? But mark you,' the local option
law does not say a man shall not buy or drink. It is not
a sumptuary law, and no amount of sophistry, dogmatic
assertion, or flamboyant eloquence can make it such, j It
merely says to the would-be seller, You shall not engage
in a business that time and long experience have proven
to be hurtful to the community. Then, here let us ask,
and we appeal to the conscience of every individual, has
not the time arrived in Wood county, has not the situa-
tion reached that acute stage, has not the gigantic evil
attained to that fearful length, hight, breadth and
depth, when the manhood of the county should be will-
ing, and are willing, to waive this worthless, miserable
and unprofitable privilege in view of the great general
good to be accomplished by removing the whiskey traffic
from our midst?
does not prohibit.
And they say that local option does not prohibit, that
more liquor is drunk in local option territory than where
the saloon is left in full blast. Could a statement be
made that would be more glaringly and flagrantly untrue
and more logically absurd? If local option did not prohib-
it, then every retail liquor dealer, the wholesale liquor
men, and every man or corporation operating or interested
We Want Your Trade.
Spring and Summer
Will not arrive until March. We want to sell you nice,
new, fresh goods and not goods that lay in the shelf a
month or two before anyone buys, consequently they will
not arrive before the last of March.
When they do get here you will see the best assort-
ment, nicest line of
Spring and Summer Dress Goods,
White Goods, Embroideries, •
Laces, Ladies' Underwear, Hosiery,
Ladies' & Childrens' Slippers,
Etc., that you have ever seen in Mineola. Watch for their
arrival at the proper time.
Our New Millinery Goods
Will Arrive Sooner.
Mineola Mercantile Co.
THE BRADFORD DRUG CO.,
(Successors to V. T. HART & SON)
S. L. BRADFORD, «j* jt l&anager,
Offer the people of Mineola and surrounding country a drug, prescription and
propnetnr medicine service which cannot be excelled in eaift Texas. Prescrip-
tion work a specialty. We also caray a corapUu line of M>bna) wall pa-
per, paints, oils, etc. G
Give us a chance to serve you
and we will treat you right.
THE BRADFORD DRUG COMPANY.
in a brewery, would not be found on the anti side of this
question. If local option does not prohibit, then why was
it announced thru the public press last summer that a
certain wholesale liquor concern would have to leave the
state if the local option wave continued to roll over Tex-
as? Talk to those men who have been sent to jail during
the last twelve months in Texas for violating the local
option law, and see if they don't tell you that they have
learned by sad experience that local option does prohibit?
When a law can be enforced and violators punished, that
law will prohibit.
What has been done in other counties in the state in'
way of enforcing the local option law can be done among
the good people of Wood county. No human law abso-
lutely prohibits. No one has ever contended that the
local option law is perfect, but it is the most effectual way
of dealing with the evils of the liquor traffic that has ever
been submitted to the people of Texas. Shall we repeal
every law that does not absolutely prohibit? Then we
would wipe from the statute bookt the Sunday law, the
law against gaming, the law of malicious mischief, the
pistol law, the law against theft, murder, the disorderly
house, and every other law which time and experience
have proven to be wholesome and indispensable in society.
The local option law is directed against the grogshop, the
tippling house; against the flaunting of temptations be-
fore our boys, against those many pitfalls that lurk round
about the saloon, and it can be truthfully said that no
law more effectually accomplishes its purpose than does
the local option law. If you believe the saloon is an evil
then why don't you vote for local option, and give tho law
that backing which comes from a strong public
sentiment instead of going around and croaking
like a prophet of evil, and denouncing the law as a
farce and a failure. Quit your croaking, lay aside your
cynicism, quit straining at a gnat and swallowing a cam-
el, no longer give comfort and encouragement to the forces
of disorder and lawlessness. Come out on the side of the
home, join with the forces that would lift society on to a
higher plane and place business on a solid and endur-
ing basis. Lend whatever moral force ane support you
have on the side of the law, and thus help to make the Lo-
cal Option law the glory of our statute books, a safeguard
to society, and a comfort and a joy in our homes.
VV Harris, Ciui . Com.
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The Mineola Daily Argus (Mineola, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 21, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 21, 1903, newspaper, February 21, 1903; Mineola, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth254317/m1/1/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Mineola Memorial Library.