August 6, 1901.
The Fort Wayne Evening Sentinel.
Big Fines for Liquor Men.
Rutland, Vt., Aug 6 – The heaviest sentences that have been imposed in Vermont for many years for violation of the prohibitory laws were given yesterday to the liquor dealers of Vermont by R. S. Taft, of Burlington, chancellor of the court of chancery. These men have heretofore escaped with small occasional fines and have grown rich at the business. John Barrett, proprietor of the Brunswick hotel, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and to pay a fine of $100; Walter Jasmine, druggist, six months’ imprisonment and $500; Martin McMahon, druggist, six months’ imprisonment and $500; James Gilrain, owner of the Hotel Commercial, six months’ imprisonment and $200; William Dugan, druggist, $750; Stephen Cragin, druggist, $750; John Welch, druggist, $250. Two of Rutland’s four hotels, the Brunswick and Commercial, and West Rutland’s only hotel, the West Rutland house, against which a case is pending, are now closed, their owners declaring that they cannot be run at a profit without the bars.