PROHIBITION: Borah's Joke

"This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified ... by ... the several States . . . within seven years.

So reads Section 3 of the 18th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. To the lay mind it may not seem particularly funny, but last week it caused Idaho's Senator William Edgar Borah some great−though very temporary−amusement.

Much reading of the Constitution has made Mr. Borah a solemn man whom the ordinary run of jokes fails to amuse. But this time he had gripped, he thought, a Constitutional jest, the cream of which would taste sour in the...

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