National Affairs: Little Egypt's Dry

The southern nib of Illinois, rimmed by the Nile-broad rivers Ohio and Mississippi, and containing places called Cairo, Thebes. Joppa, has long been known as Little Egypt. Hard-working Little Egyptian farmers, yearning for oldtime cooling beer and warming whiskey, in 1926 voted wet in a statewide liquor referendum. But Congressman Edward Everett Denison, for 14 years Little Egypt's Representative, is an exemplary legislative dry. He voted for the 18th Amendment, the Volstead Act. the Jones Law.

Last week Little Egypt's wet-voting farmers were amused, Little Egypt's righteous Drys were shocked when a District...

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