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These artful compounds of liquors are in our opinion neither calculated to encourage a desirable trade nor promote the general welfare of the community. Whether we are believers in alcoholic beverages or not, we must all admit that the drug-store is not the place for tippling. Some of the most pronounced opponents of "wine syrups" are to be found among men who uphold the liquor traffic in its lawful sphere. In our opinion, apothecaries may very consistently refuse to supply such flavors, and in many instances, when they are furnished, the act is apparently one of thoughtlessness on the part of the proprietor. The soda fountain of a drug-store, it seems to us, is designed as a location where the families of our patrons may obtain harmless beverages and refreshing drinks, and it seems to be a breach of trust to confront them indiscriminately with liquors and wines, sweetened and flavored to better suit the taste of children and beget an appetite therefore.*
*In my former experience (see Introduction) I well remember a curious occurrence in this direction. An officer of the army asked me for brandy and soda water: I informed him that it was against the rules of the store to furnish liquors. He abused me roundly, and finally Mr. Gordon came to my rescue and told him plainly that he must go to a saloon if he wanted liquor. Afterward he returned and apologized to me for his violent language and complimented the management of the establishment.