October 4, 1899
In the trail of W. A. Jackson and F. E. Mayo, on the charge of selling liquor without license, Judge Barksdale rendered a verdict of guilty against the defendants. This verdict declares illegal the liquor license issued by the municipal officers of Junction City. If Judge Barksdale’s decision be sustained by the supreme court, it will put at rest the question whether incorporated towns can issue license to sell intoxicating liquors, when the parishes in which the said towns are located have declared in favor of prohibition.
In his opinion Judge Barksdale stated that he believes the liquor election in Junction City was null and would not protect the whiskey seller on account of certain irregularities in both the election matter and the liquor license ordinance; but the main point upon which he based his verdict is that incorporated towns in prohibition parishes must abide the action of the parochial authorities or the local option question. Under the present law, the Judge stated that incorporated towns have the right to suppress the sale of liquor within their borders even where the parish authorizes its sales, but where the parish as a whole withholds license, then the towns have no voice in the matter.
The Mayo and Jackson cases will be appealed to the supreme court, and their decision in this matter will be awaited with much interest.