Wednesday, September 10, 2008


New York, 1895

Big Row in the Temperance Division at Bay Side.

The Bay Side division of Sons of Temperance is about to disband. Several of the chief officers have been doing wrong. One of the most active members made a speech at the meeting Thursday night, in which he charged drunkenness and immorality, and said it was no credit to belong to such an organization.

The Bayside chapter is one of the results of the work of the Rev. Arthur Crossley, former pastor of the M. E. Church. A number of young men were induced to take the pledge and several drunkards were reclaimed. One of the reclaimed men was made worthy patriot. He showed such enthusiasm in his work that he has been re-elected twice. This man was the prime mover in getting up the petition against Shrell, the illicit distiller.

Lately he had some domestic trouble, and ever since has been on a protracted spree. He has, however, shown no inclination to relinquish the position he holds in the society.

The crisis came when, under the head of "good of the order," Frank Bouse said that with one of the officers continually drunk, another an adulterer, and another in an interesting condition, he didn't think it was much honor to belong to it.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, June 28, 1895, p. 1.

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