Law Observance: Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?

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HIRE INFORMERS AND POSSEMEN
Isaac Stapleton, Arkansas U. S. Commissioner, Former Deputy Collector of Internal RevenuePUT into practice the methods used during the administrations of President Roosevelt and President Taft in the enforcement of the internal revenue laws, to wit:
1st. When a citizen of some remote district, 25 to 50 miles away from Harrison, Arkansas, came in here and reported the location of an illicit distillery near his home, I would inform him that the government would pay him $10 (or more as might be fixed by the U. S. Treasury Department) for his services as informer and guide to conduct the U. S. officers to the location of the said illicit distillery, and in addition would pay him a per diem and mileage for his services as a witness in the case, should he desire to be known as a witness; it being understood that said illicit distillery should be found set up and in operation. This fee of $10 to be paid informers for any seized still up to 100 gallons capacity, larger stills to be paid for in an increased ratio ut) to a maximum of $50 for stills of 1,000 gallons or more.
2nd. On receipt of information as to the location of a still, I would summon not more than three special possemen to aid in the capture of said still and its operators, paying them $4 per diem and expenses for their services while on duty; said possemen to be discharged from further service as soon as the still and operators were captured. This would amount to about two days for each raid in this section of the country, and would be much cheaper than to have five or six prohibition agents assemble here from remote sections of the state (as I have often seen), and at the same time would not leave several sections of the state unprotected while raids were being made.

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