Montreal Daily Star, 11 March 1893, page 2

Sohmer Park

It will not be in accord with the will of the people of Montreal if the proprietor of Sohmer Park is permitted to sell lager beer on Sunday.  The Park is now licensed in the usual way to sell all sorts of intoxicating liquors through the week; and if it be allowed to ostensibly sell four-percent lager on Sunday, the more uncharitable will fear that the tipple will not always be kept down to this comparatively harmless beverage.  Yet under the new provincial act, the manager of Sohmer Park can obtain a license to sell lager seven days a week- which covers Sunday, it will be noted- if he can secure the permission of the City Council to make application for such a license.  The whole matter rests with the City Council.  When the Legislature passed the four percent beer law, it purposely threw all responsibility for bringing it into force upon the municipal councils.  It is virtually a local option measure so far as it goes.  Thus the council must take the responsibility of deciding whether or not drink shall be sold all day Sunday in Sohmer Park.

The four-percent beer law is not an adamantine safe-guard.  They licensed “four-percent beer” up in the North West, and yet unsuspecting strangers were wont to buy under that innocent title concoctions in comparison with which “forty rod whiskey” was as mild as milk.  Liquor is, somehow, an article that cannot be trusted to live up to its name on all occasions.  Even claret is not always claret.  Hence, it would be decidedly unsafe to permit the unlimited sale of innocuous “four percent,” on Sunday when it might become an alias for so many less mellifluous beverages.

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