National Affairs: Why Coast Guards Drink

A hard-hitting debate was in progress in the House of Representatives one day last week over the killing of three smugglers on the rumrunner Black Duck

(TIME, Jan. 6 et seq.), when some 200 Congressmen on the floor suddenly threw their heads back, clapped their knees, laughed uproariously. In silence they had heard the Coast Guard accused of "bloody murder." Loud had been their applause when speakers defended the service and its law-enforcing methods. But what now struck them as funny was an explanation of why Coast Guardsmen drink the liquor they seize...

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