National Affairs: Act of God

Many a citizen who read his newspaper last Sunday morning was reminded of a charred keg down in his cellar, which he had filled weeks ago with nothing more intoxicating than grape juice, cane sugar, pure water. He was reminded also that he had done nothing since about the mixture, but that soon it would be fermented, turned to glow-giving wine.

What recalled the cellar-kegs of the country was the news that Franklin Chase Hoyt, a Manhattan jurist, had won Publisher William Randolph Hearst's prize of $25,000 for a plan to modify Prohibition. The...

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