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December 23, 1905

The Removal of Liquor from the Army Canteen.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(26):1970-1971. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510260056015

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Pueblo, Colo., Dec. 14, 1905.

To the Editor:  —In a recent issue of the Medical Record, the editor takes up the question of the army canteen. The argument advanced is the same old story. The editor of the Record, as a scientific man, should be more exact in some of his statements. Congress did not pass an act closing the canteens; the act prevented only the sale of liquor in military reservations, etc. The store department, the post exchange, the reading room, the recreation room, remain the same.I have seen something of the army life in the Orient, and I wish to say, as a physician and a citizen, that every boy in the army is infinitely better off without the beer halls than with them. It is true, some men will go to outside saloons for their drinks, but they will not go so often and they will

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