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STRONG DRINK, RELIGION AND LAW 293

after the bee was over, men fought or danced as fancy moved them—provided they were not by that time too drunk to do either.

"Where did the money come from to pay for all the liquor consumed'? It came from the sweat-stained dollars that should have gone to the creation of homes; women were robbed of their due, and children of their heritage, that liquor sellers might wax fat. I have been told that the man who kept the old Tyrone tavern at the fifth, was able to supply his boys with two or three watches each from among those that had been left in pawn for liquor. Nor was this all. Many a good farm was drunk up over the bar in the old days and the owners and their children were forced to begin life over again in a new location."

 

EARLY TEMPERANCE WORKERS

 

"When I was a young man," said Neil McDougall, who has already been quoted, "it was considered the proper thing to call one's companions up for a drink whenever a bar was reached, and there was then a bar at almost every cross-roads. The man who did not take his liquor was looked upon as a milk-sop."

"There was a recognized rule in connection with early drinking customs," J. S. McDonald, who has also been previously quoted, added. "At loggings the rule was a gallon of whiskey for each yoke of oxen at the bee. Of course, the whiskey was not all consumed at the bee. The supply lasted until well into the night, when dancing succeeded the labours of the day. Still,


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