Monday, October 6, 2014

Who Got the Bottle?

Lawrenceville Republican January 17, 1907 
Who Got the Bottle? 
Introduced In Evidence, It Disappears In Grand Jury Room.

"The grand jury this term is pre-eminently a temperance body.   They each believe in temperance and practice it. Hence this article:

During the session of the jury, Stivers Springs was under
investigation. State’s Attorney Cunningham had secured  an unopened bottle from that now notorious resort. The bottle is what passes down there as ‘hop ale’ but has Terre Haute Brewing Company blown (stamped) in the bottle. This bottle was setting on the table by the Foreman, Mr. James M. Collison, a noted temperance man. The jury had W.H. Propes of Vincennes, manager of the Terre Haute Brewing Company's business before it who testified that they sold nothing but beer.

While the bottle was still on the table, a woman came into the jury room in obedience to a subpoena from that body. Realizing the out – of – placeness of the bottle under the circumstances, Foreman Collison slipped it from the table and passed it behind him. Where it went to, and what became of it, is now the passing joke of the jury, and may become as famous as Vice President Fairbank’s cocktails."

This mention of VP Fairbank’s cocktail incident, of course, sent researcher K Borden on a quest to find the "rest of the story."  He sent the following information to go along with this article. For more information  see
Charles W. Fairbanks – at Facts On File History Database Center on the internet.   
"Arriving in Indianapolis' Union Station a little before 11 A.M. on Memorial Day, the president journeyed to the Fairbanks home at 1522 N. Meridian Street to be guest of honor at what he called "a big political lunch."
The forty guests for lunch were divided into two parties, one hosted by Fairbanks in the dining room, and the second headed by U.S. Senator from Indiana James Hemenway in the library. One item on the menu received nationwide attention—Manhattan cocktails.
A teetotaling Methodist, Fairbanks may not have drunk any liquor himself at the luncheon, but he bore the brunt of nationwide newspaper attacks on his character when they learned of the cocktail incident. Already nicknamed "Buttermilk Charlie" for his advocacy of buttermilk instead of hard liquor, Fairbanks had a brand new moniker after the affair—"Cocktail Charlie." A leading Methodist official proclaimed that the vice president had been "crucified by a cocktail."