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Mail Tribune 100, June 14, 1921

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June 14, 1921


Unless the federal prohibition law takes precedence over the Oregon dry law, and to the best of his knowledge it does not, County Prosecutor Rawles Moore says Jesse Winburn, the New York capitalist who recently located in Ashland and has big property interests there, can not keep the booze he recently had expressed to Ashland from New York under a federal permit.

Mr. Winburn on the other hand says he will stand pat and not dispose of the liquor by sending it back to New York or out of the state. Therefore the next move is up to Moore.

The booze, consisting of 23 quarts of wine, 5 quarts of whiskey and four quarts of vermouth, is at the Ashland office of the American Express company, to which it was shipped under a permit issued by the federal prohibition officer of New York, awaiting the outcome of the legal squabble.

Johnson Smith of Portland, federal prohibition officer of Oregon, arrived in the city Monday to investigate into the case, and confer on it with County Prosecutor Moore.

First he inspected the booze and found it was in accordance with the federal shipping permit issued in New York, then with Winburn’s attorney, F. P. Farrell, called on Prosecutor Moore. In general Mr. Smith’s attitude in the case seems to be a neutral one. He gave to Moore all the information about the booze shipment he had in his possession, and departed leaving the local officials to work out the perplexing problem as best he could.

Prosecutor Moore explained this noon that he was satisfied that Winburn shipped the liquor from New York to Ashland in good faith in accordance with the permit issued him in New York. Therefore as he as prosecutor has only to enforce the state law, which so far as he can learn does not take a back seat for the federal law, he will give Winburn a reasonable time to either ship the booze back to New York, or out of the state, but says that Winburn can not take the booze out of the express office otherwise, especially to his own home, else he will prosecute him for violating the Oregon dry law.

Winburn and Attorney Farrell claim that the former has violated no law, owns the booze which he purchased before the national prohibition law went into effect and which he expressed to Ashland with Uncle Sam’s permission, and therefore can take it out of the express office any time he wants to.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com