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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 11, 1919

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Feb. 11, 1919


What became of two of the 14 quarts of whisky which disappeared from the two suitcases taken from the train when Earl McManiman of Los Angeles was arrested by Speed Cop McDonald last Friday night? That is a mystery which is puzzling Sheriff Charles Terrell. The more he ponders on the matter the more mystified he becomes.

When after the jury trial in Judge Taylor’s court yesterday noon in which McManiman was found not guilty, the sheriff took the suit cases back to Jacksonville and was looking over the contents he discovered that one bottle was filled with vinegar and another with coffee.

“Well, I’ll be doggoned,” said Terrell, or rather he used the Lake creek expression meaning the same thing. He now does not know whether the jurymen, the police or the speed cop played a joke on him, or whether someone swiped the booze contents of the two bottles since Friday night and substituted the harmless deceptions. Anyhow, two perfectly good quarts of whisky disappeared from two bottles since the arrest was made last Friday night.

Of course the law allows the jury in a liquor case to sample the evidence submitted to determine whether the evidence is booze or not, but of course presumes that the sampling will be light. Then anyhow, the average Jackson county juror would just need a quick glance, a hurried smell and a mere taste to recognize and breed of booze, and so would not profane any booze bottle by putting coffee or vinegar in it. That seems to let the jury out of the mystery.


A suitcase containing twelve quarts of whisky which was taken from the north bound passenger train last evening is now in the hands of Sheriff Terrell awaiting a claimant. When Speed Cop McDonald boarded the train at the depot on its arrival and spotted the tell-tale suitcase everyone in the car of course disclaimed ownership and it was promptly confiscated. The suitcase was found to be lined with chloride of lime, so that in case one or more of the bottles were broken the chemical action of the lime would destroy the odor of the whiskey and make it impossible to tell what the fluid was.

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