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[327] spring from a strict enforcement of the law prohibiting the sale of drink.

The men of Vermont have adopted that Act which is known to English jesters as the Maine Liquor Law. The adversaries of “jolly good ale” command a large majority of votes. They wish to drink water, and will not let other men drink beer. They come of a stout old border stock, with great capacities for self-denial, and a rage for saving their weaker brethren from the whisky-jug. Being virtuous, they abolish cakes and ale, and will not suffer ginger to be hot in the mouth. “We live,” they say, “in a commonwealth where every man is free; but we have only one law for all, and what we like to do you shall be bound to do!” Hurrah for a majority of votes!

The Maine Liquor Law is carried out with all the rigour of an Arctic frost. Not a public-house now exists in St. Johnsbury, nor can a mug of beer or glass of wine be purchased openly by a guest to whom wine and beer are portions of his daily food. No citizen is allowed to vend intoxicating drink on any pretext or to any person. In the village we have two guest-houses for the entertainment of such as come and go our way-St. Johnsbury House and Avenue House. We avoid

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