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W. E. Hall to Governor John A. Martin

Hall, W. E.

W. E. Hall, an owner of a hardware store in Burlington, writes to Governor John A. Martin in Topeka about a petition for pardoning two Burlington druggists by the names of Sean and Wattles who were jailed for a technical violation of the alcohol prohibition law. Hall expresses his support for prohibition, but assures Governor Martin that he believes the case of the druggists truly deserves clemency.


I. W. Day to Governor George W. Glick

Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)

Dr. I. W. Day of McPherson writes to Governor George W. Glick expressing support for pardoning Dr. J. B. Curtis of Lindsborg, who was prosecuted for violating Kansas' prohibition law by prescribing beer to a patient. Dr. Day describes his professional evaluation of the patient's symptoms as recorded in the court testimony, and explains that he believes the patient really was sick and that beer was an appropriate remedy. This letter is an example of the controversies that arose over an exception in the state's alcohol prohibition law which allowed the use of alcohol for medicinal purposes. Some people believed that doctors were prescribing alcohol without a real medicinal need, and some doctors and druggists were prosecuted for alleged violations of the alcohol prohibition law.

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