TURKEY: Katabasis

The Government began a retreat from the high, dry mountain of Prohibition to the low, wet valleys in the land of Bacchus; the National Assembly renounced prohibition by substituting a new liquor law.

The new law makes the descent slow. Duty on spirits is quadrupled; spirits may not be drunk in public; no new bars are to be opened; public drunkenness is taboo. Persons opening new bars are liable to confiscation of their installation, a fine of between $75 and $750 and imprisonment for from six months to two years. Persons using...

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