The Press: Bootleg Report

Texans, according to their own adage, "drink wet and vote dry." So strong are Texas prohibitionists that 143 of the state's 254 counties prohibit the sale of liquor in any form; so powerful are Texas thirsts that a drink is seldom harder to get in a dry area than in the 29 counties where the sale of hard liquor is legal. Last week, in an eleven-part series that marked the first time any Texas newspaper had ever published a searching, statewide report on the social effects of the state's alcoholic schizophrenia, the Houston Post (circ. 201,647) stirred the biggest uproar among...

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