Whiskey Drips; A Series of Interesting Sketches, Illustrating the Operations of the Whiskey Thieves in Their Evasions of the Law and Its Penalties

Whiskey Drips; A Series of Interesting Sketches, Illustrating the Operations of the Whiskey Thieves in Their Evasions of the Law and Its Penalties

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... they were bonded goods, and learning from Coram they were of his purchase, reasonably concluded it was a legitimate transaction. The two hundred barrels shipped and safely warehoused, Gottlieb went to Oysterford to have the spirits inspected, his bondsmen released, and to obtain cash for the whiskey. A gauger was assigned the duty of ascertaining the quantity of spirits thus bonded, and, accompanied by' Coram and Gottlieb, he went to the bonded warehouse. The barrels lay in single file along the floor of the capacious room. The bungs were started, and the capacities of packages taken, when Gottlieb in a nervous manner inserted his fore-finger through a bung-hole into the liquid, then put it to his lips. This he did excitedly to several other barrels, and at last exclaiming, "Oh, mein Gott!" sank to the floor, helpless, pale and trembling, with staring eyes fixed on Coram, --of whom in truth it should be said, he stood the ordeal like a man upon whose life not a taint of wrong had ever rested. Hasting to Gottlieb, he would have raised him up, but the prostrate man refusing his aid, ejaculated: " Robbed! robbed! ruined!" It was Coranfs turn to be astonished; for, following the example of Gottlieb, he inserted a finger in the fluid, and drawing it over his lips exclaimed in wonder well feigned, if feigned at all: . "You rascally old cheat! And did you suppose the goods would not be examined, that you sought to palm off upon me water in lieu of whiskey?" The retiring senses of the farmer rallied again, stung to the quick by the infamous charge, which sent his Dutch blood tingling through his veins. He rose, and taking in the full measure of the loss and responsibilfty involved in the discovery, he...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841018
  • 9781236841018