Blind Tiger Operator Caught

The Gazette
May 23, 1900

Saturday afternoon Marshal Atkinson, under the belief that Geo. Caldwell, colored, was running a blind tiger in Farmerville, searched his premises, and found convincing evidence that  the negro was selling whiskey. There were several bottles of liquor ready for sale in a chest that was locked. At first George refused to open the chest, claiming that the key was lost, but upon being told that the lock would be broken he immediately produced the key, and there the whiskey was found.

Marshal Atkinson carried the offender before Mayor Archer, who fined him $30, and in default of payment of the fine it is to be worked out on the streets.

The law authorized our town officers to search every house where it is supposed whiskey is sold; and if this is done and the offender given heavy sentences each time, the illicit sale of liquor in Farmerville will soon be stopped. We hope all citizens of the town will assist Marshal Atkinson in his good work to suppress blind tigers.

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