… Drink up!

During the Alaska Gold Rush, this was a ‘fake news’ photo.  Technically there was no liquor in Alaska because it was all stopped in Seattle. The Revenue Cutter Service could only confiscate liquor on ships – which it only did when forced – and once liquor was ashore, well, you know . . .”  It was hard not to find a ‘blind pig,’ in Alaska, the term for illegal saloons that everyone knew about. Occasionally the United States Marshal would bust a still, like this one. But this raid was clearly what Alaskans call “to show.”  In Alaskanese, you do things “to show” or “to go.”  This still bust was “to show” the press you were on the job. Notice the lack of actual bottles of booze in the shot. [See my books at https://authormasterminds.com/master-of-the-impossible-crime.]

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