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That same lawyer and politician who told me how Virginia came to go dry said he remembered a similar situation in government when he was a young man. That a law against dueling had been on the statue books of Virginia for fifty years and yet broken with as much impunity as the prohibition law today, but generally only by men who were politically ambitious. He paid unscrupulous politicians would [illegible] a chance to pick a quarrel with really fine honorable men and such was the public sentiment about defending one's honor that the best of men could not refuse a challenge - so they thought - and the number killed off in the state became alarming so much so that a clause was put in the oath of office throughout the whole state, swearing I have not fought a duel or been a party to fighting a duel etc nor will I etc during term of office; which oath was not repealed or left out until 1924 when women entered the legislature and dueling had become so outlawed the oath was an absurdity. Believing a similar oath on intoxicating drink would shortly give us honest enforcement by eliminating from office all those who now take the oath to support the Constantution with one hand while holding the other out to the bootlegger, I have written our Gov. Byrd and the state president of the W.C.T.U. and told this in many a speech, but I can not see I have made nay headway. The Gov. only "passed the Buck." Doubtless you can reach Mr. Hoover's ear before he makes his acceptance speech. Will you try to impress him with the predicament the loyal Democrat women of the South find themselves in. Today a good church woman, socially prominent who believes it is necesary to have light wines & beer said to me, "now that Smith has promised to give us light wines & beer, don't you think all the bootlettesr will vote for Hoover?" Bootleggers are legion in this town. Drinking is fahionable - the army & navy sets lead & everything follows.
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That same lawyer and politician who told me how Virginia came to go dry said he remembered a similar situation in government when he was a young man. That a law against dueling had been on the statue books of Virginia for fifty years and yet broken with as much impunity as the prohibition law today, but generally only by men who were politically ambitious. He paid unscrupulous politicians would [illegible] a chance to pick a quarrel with really fine honorable men and such was the public sentiment about defending one's honor that the best of men could not refuse a challenge - so they thought - and the number killed off in the state became alarming so much so that a clause was put in the oath of office throughout the whole state, swearing I have not fought a duel or been a party to fighting a duel etc nor will I etc during term of office; which oath was not repealed or left out until 1924 when women entered the legislature and dueling had become so outlawed the oath was an absurdity. Believing a similar oath on intoxicating drink would shortly give us honest enforcement by eliminating from office all those who now take the oath to support the Constantution with one hand while holding the other out to the bootlegger, I have written our Gov. Byrd and the state president of the W.C.T.U. and told this in many a speech, but I can not see I have made nay headway. The Gov. only "passed the Buck." Doubtless you can reach Mr. Hoover's ear before he makes his acceptance speech. Will you try to impress him with the predicament the loyal Democrat women of the South find themselves in. Today a good church woman, socially prominent who believes it is necessary to have light wines & beer said to me, "now that Smith has promised to give us light wines & beer, don't you think all the bootleggers will vote for Hoover?" Bootleggers are legion in this town. Drinking is fashionable - the army & navy sets lead & everything follows.

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That same lawyer and politician who told me how Virginia came to go dry said he remembered a similar situation in government when he was a young man. That a law against dueling had been on the statue books of Virginia for fifty years and yet broken with as much impunity as the prohibition law today, but generally only by men who were politically ambitious. He paid unscrupulous politicians would [illegible] a chance to pick a quarrel with really fine honorable men and such was the public sentiment about defending one's honor that the best of men could not refuse a challenge - so they thought - and the number killed off in the state became alarming so much so that a clause was put in the oath of office throughout the whole state, swearing I have not fought a duel or been a party to fighting a duel etc nor will I etc during term of office; which oath was not repealed or left out until 1924 when women entered the legislature and dueling had become so outlawed the oath was an absurdity. Believing a similar oath on intoxicating drink would shortly give us honest enforcement by eliminating from office all those who now take the oath to support the Constantution with one hand while holding the other out to the bootlegger, I have written our Gov. Byrd and the state president of the W.C.T.U. and told this in many a speech, but I can not see I have made nay headway. The Gov. only "passed the Buck." Doubtless you can reach Mr. Hoover's ear before he makes his acceptance speech. Will you try to impress him with the predicament the loyal Democrat women of the South find themselves in. Today a good church woman, socially prominent who believes it is necessary to have light wines & beer said to me, "now that Smith has promised to give us light wines & beer, don't you think all the bootleggers will vote for Hoover?" Bootleggers are legion in this town. Drinking is fashionable - the army & navy sets lead & everything follows.