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February 10, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(6):438. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510330044012

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As the result of an interesting trial three Chicago saloon-keepers were recently ordered to pay $17,500 damages to some children for injury done them by reason of the repeated intoxication of the father through liquor sold by the saloon-keeper. The law which recognizes the principle that a liquor seller, in selling or giving intoxicating liquors to a habitual drunkard, injures the person, property and means of support of dependent children has in it possibilities of much good. An important social problem of the dependent in our cities is vitally connected with intemperance, and every influence is needed which can be brought to bear on this etiologic factor. We have to provide hospitals, asylums and agencies of relief to repair the damages done to individuals and to society, and more verdicts such as the one above referred to would have the double effect of checking the cause and of relieving the

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