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Term: Bond Law (temperance)

Definition:

"A most stringent liquor law, enacted in 1849. It provided that the vendor of liquor should give a bond in the sum of $1,000 with three or more sureties "conditioned to pay all damages to support all paupers, widows and orphans, pay expenses of all civil and criminal prosecutions growing out of or justly attributable to such traffic, that communities or individuals may sustain by reason of such traffic." Married women were authorized to bring suits for damages sustained by them or their families, and no suit for liquor bills should be entertained by any court. The bill, with drastic sentiments expressed publicly by temperance people, caused much controversy, and ill feeling. The bond law was repealed in 1851." See also: prohibition.

View pictures relating to prohibition at Wisconsin Historical Images.

[Source: Wisconsin: comprising sketches of counties, towns, events, institutions, and persons, arranged in cyclopedic form, ed. by Ex-Gov. Geo. W. Peck (Madison, Wis., Western Historical Association, 1906). ]
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