KANSAS: Nine Little Bottles

Three days before Christmas, Melvin Hass, 28, an ex-major of infantry now an oil company employee, did what thousands of Kansans were doing to fortify themselves for the holidays. He drove to Missouri, bought two bottles of bourbon for himself and seven bottles for some friends and toted them in his car back to bone-dry Kansas.

What happened to him after that was quite unusual in Kansas. State highway patrolmen, who ordinarily pay no mind to citizens bringing in small amounts of liquor, stopped his car and searched it.

When they found the whiskey they explained, a little sheepishly, that they had...

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