LIQUOR: Creeping Prohibition

Over the length & breadth of the U.S., citizens who like hard liquor are finally beginning to believe the awful truth: the U.S. whiskey supply is really vanishing—not just in war-boom towns or special-situation cities—but everywhere.

Bootleggers, highjackers and just plain thirsty visitors from the drought areas finally dried up the wet areas too. Minneapolis and St. Paul ran out of whiskey because bootleggers bought up the local supply and smuggled it to Seattle, where parched citizens gladly paid up to $8 a pint. In Washington, D.C., organized '"booze-buyer" gangs stripped store shelves of liquor for resale in Virginia and...

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