Law and Order, 1908

From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), April 23, 1908, page 4:

Our mayor, G. D. Fullerton, is enforcing the law in our city. Saturday he ordered our restaurant people, or anyone else, not to sell cigars or tobacco on Sunday. So some of the tobacco users had to cut down the usual size of their “cud” in order to have enough to last over.

The plot thickens in the Skidmore New Era, April 30, 1908, page 1:

The Lid’s On.
By order of George D. Fullerton, the city ordinance prohibiting the sale on Sunday of articles other than those of immediate necessity is being rigidly enforced.

This ordinance provides that no article that is not an immediate necessity can be sold or offered for sale on Sunday. No ice-cream, candy, nuts, tobacco, cigars, soft drinks, nor anything along the line of luxuries can be sold on this day, according to an opinion handed down by Prosecutor Dawson and Mayor Fullerton, without the seller laying himself liable to a fine. It is said there is a state law upon which this ordinance is founded.

We’ll bet there’s more to the story, but here’s the rest of the story, as reported in the May 7, 1908 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Repealed Ordinance.
At a meeting of the board of aldermen Monday evening that part of section 5 of chapter 22 of city ordinances, forbidding the sale of other than necessary articles on Sunday, was repealed over the earnest protests of Mayor Fullerton.

William Devers was appointed street commissioner at this meeting.

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