For several weeks these scenes went on. Some bar-keepers opened their doors and bade the ladies come in. They entered, filling the bar, and hustling the men away.
Other dealers gave in and closed their bars.
A few of the whisky-vendors, chiefly Jews, insulted the ladies, giving free drinks to any rough who would join in chanting jovial and indecent choruses; yet the ladies persevered until a thousand bars had been closed by their appeals and interruptions.
But the movement could not be allowed to spread.
The ladies blocked the streets, traffic got deranged, and when the novelty was over, the great merchants and bankers of Cincinnati
forced the civic authorities to interfere.
Reform was sacrificed to trade.
“ Our public officers,” says to me a Good Templar, “are all elected by the liquor interest, and the Police Commissioners
dare not raise a hand against the keepers of saloons and bars.”
The trade in strong drink is so profitable in Ohio
that bar-keepers can afford to stand many drinks and pay many fines; yet a judge who knows his work can always carry his point against dishonest citizens.
A Hebrew dealer was brought