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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 15, 1917

NO MORE LIQUOR TO BE DESTROYED IN DRY OREGON

The many Medford folks on either side of the liquor question who have deplored the destruction and waste therefore of liquors by the county officers, confiscated from arrested bootleggers, will be much interested in Governor Withycombe's recommendation this week that all confiscated liquors be saved and devoted to war purposes. The governor's action is related as follows in the Capital Journal of Salem, and is based upon the recommendation of Food Controller Hoover:

"Governor Withycombe, in response to a request from Adjutant General McCain, yesterday issued an appeal to county officials not to destroy alcoholic liquors which are seized in compliance with law, inasmuch as pure alcohol may be redistilled from these spirits and utilized by the war department. The governor asks that the confiscated liquors, wherever safe and feasible, be turned over to the federal authorities for the uses mentioned.

"He also wrote to the adjutant general asking for further advice as to what procedure should be followed in so turning over the confiscated liquors. In a statement issued relative to his appeal, the governor says: 'From time to time large quantities of alcoholic liquors that have been confiscated by the various county officials charged with the enforcement of the prohibition law are destroyed. I am informed by Adjutant General McCain that these liquors can be redistilled and that the pure alcohol resulting from the distilling process, which of itself destroys the liquor, can be made available for important military uses.

"In view of the advantages of conserving this supply for the wholesome uses of the federal government, I feel that it is my duty to urge the various county officials to preserve confiscated liquors under proper safe-guards whenever such action is entirely feasible and to divert the supply to the authorized officials of the government so that it may be utilized as pure alcohol by the war department.

"At a time when all of us are called upon to conserve articles necessary to the prosecution of the war it seems unwise to destroy a commodity that, in another form, has useful purposes in hospital work. I, therefore, appeal to the county officers of Oregon, thru the public press, to cooperate with the war department in this matter as far as possible."