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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 22, 1921

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

Dec. 22, 1921


38 Quarts Of Bonded Whiskey Packed in Portland Man’s Trunk, Seized By Officer Sandifer — W. E. Hardy, Owner is Fined $500.

W. E. Hardy was arrested yesterday on a charge of bootlegging by state prohibition enforcement officer S. B. Sandifer and had a hearing last evening before Justice of the Peace Frank P. Farrell. He was fined $500, on a plea of guilty.

Hardy arrived in town yesterday morning from Portland and went to a local hotel having his trunk brought to his room. Officer Sandifer caught wind of his occupation and had a search warrant issued. In the afternoon he went to Hardy’s room and arrived just in time, as an express-man was already there, starting to move Hardy’s baggage. Seemingly Hardy had been informed that state officers were on his trail. Sandifer searched the trunk in Hardy’s room and discovered thirty-eight quarts of bonded whiskey, among the different varieties being “Pebble Ford,” “Kentucky Bourbon,” and several bottles of “Haig & Haig.”

The bottles were very carefully packed as a prevention against breakage, each bottle being in the original carton and then wrapped in a towel. These packages were laid side by side upon a mattress which the trunk contained, each layer of bottles lying horizontal with a layer of mattresses between.

The trunk was a typical traveling man’s trunk and contained two fiber sample cases similar to those used by traveling men. The towels, in which the bottles were wrapped, bore marks of many of the larges hotels in this state and California. Sixteen towels and one large sheet were used in the packing of the liquor in addition to the original packages.


The fine concerts given by Sousa’s band under the personal directorship of the march king at the Page yesterday afternoon and last night before fairly large audiences were much enjoyed and appreciated as indicated by the vigorous applause which greeted every number. Mr. Sousa responded to this applause with his famous smile and by ordering numerous encores.

Both concerts were typical Sousa musical entertainments of stirring popular and classical band numbers, including a number of his own compositions, interspersed with vocal and instrumental numbers by the soloists of the organization. Among the encores were the always soul stirring “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “El Captain,” “U.S. Field Artillery,” and “Keeping Step With the Union,” all composed by John Philip Sousa, and “Love’s Nest.” The latter proved to be one of the most popular number of the entire program.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com