National Affairs: The Five & Ten

Andrew J. Volstead, once an inconspicuous Minnesota lawyer, has never deeply regretted the fame that came to him when he tagged his name upon the National Prohibition Act. It was a nuisance, of course, when intoxicated traveling salesmen called Mr. Volstead up in the middle of the night to curse him, and it was not altogether pleasant to feel that a large portion of his fellow countrymen regard him as a wizened fanatic. But Mr. Volstead has surmounted these drawbacks by

1) concealing his telephone number; and

2) shrugging his shoulders and remembering all the...

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