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Somthing ought to be done to suppress the licentious sale of spirituous liquors in the city. The number of groggeries is frightful, and the amount of inebriation visible in the streets is heart-sickening. The poor volunteer on furlough, passing through the city on his way home, falls an easy prey to these sinks of iniquity. The quality of spirits vended is wretched. Much of it consists of the liquor called ‘"chained lighting,"’ a poisonous compound of cheap alcoholic fluids, which intoxicates, crazes, and kills its victim. It is bad enough to sell pure spirits to the reckless soldier, it is a species of treason to the country to sell him this poisonous drug. The authorities ought to take this subject in hand. Sumptuary laws are in general improper and odoius, but in times of great public emergency like the present, the sale of ardent spirits ought to be suppressed as a measure of public safety and military discipline. The Southern Confederacy would be better off if every drop of spirituous liquors now within its borders were emptied into the sea. The Northern authorities, seeing the havoc that hard drinking was doing their armies, have taken strong measures to suppress it. Here is one instance in which we may learn a valuable lesson from the enemy. What can be done in this matter? Who will suggest the proper remedy for an evil crying aloud for reform?
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