National Affairs: Refinements

In the Capitol's legislative and judicial laboratories, a decade of scrutiny and debate has been expended upon those cloudy tinctures, the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act. Since the Volstead Act (1919) the only major refinement of the Federal liquor code was the Jones Act (1929), denning violations as felonies (instead of misdemeanors) and establishing maximum penalties (five years, $10,000). Under President Hoover's urging, further refinements progressed last week in Congress and Supreme Court.

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