butler county mo moonshiners Transcribed and submitted by: Sherry Link

The Republican
Poplar Bluff, MO
Thursday Evening, Dec. 11, 1924 (Price 5 cents) - front pg:


Eighty Percent of Arrests are
Due, Prosecutor Says, to
Jealousy of Other Moonshiners.


Still OF Small Capacity Taken
By Officers In Raid Near
Neelyville on "Tip"
Given Them.

     Jealousy among moonshiners has brought about 80 per  cent  of  the  arrests
     during his administration,  Robert  I.  Cope,  prosecuting  attorney,  said
     today, after a raid yesterday which resulted in  the  location  of  another
     small still, and the arrest of one man.

     "Some fellow gets a bigger business than the others," Cope said, "resulting
     in jealousy, and finally 'tips' on the location of the still. A big percent
     of those men and women who have been arrested for violating the liquor laws
     have been caught through tips given by others who, I am confident, have had
     a hand in such activities themselves.

     "I believe the moonshing business is fast growing to a close in this county
     because of the jealousy of the moonshiners. They won't let  each  other  do
     business because they feel they should have the  other  fellow's  business,
     and that brings the tip which results in arrests." Crude Stills.

     When asked where the moonshiners get all their stills, Cope  declared  that
     most of them were home-made contrivances and very crude.  Few  show  expert
     workmanship, and those, it is presumed, are imported. He said a  moonshiner
     could drive to some nearby town, place an order with some expert, and  have
     the work done without divulging his purpose. He might make some excuse  for
     having the equipment made. The better class  tinners,  he  said,  will  not
     manufacture any questionable equipment of this nature, and for that  reason
     he thinks the equipment is purchased in some other locality.

     The still captured yesterday was a small affair, about 10-gallon  capacity.
     The officers located three barrels of mash and when they found Dave St. Cin
     they told him it would be to his advantage to turn the still over  to  them
     to prevent further trouble. He  then  declared  he  was  through  with  the
     business, and took the officers, Mr. Cope and Deputy Sheriff Clyde Hogg, to
     the still and told them to take it. He had  manufactured  no  whiskey,  but
     officers said the mash was almost ready to be "cooked," and  that  St.  Cin
     had hauled wood to the still in preparation for operations. Gave Bond.

     St. Cin was brought here where he gave bond for $1,000, and  was  released.
     He lives near Coon Island, near where  the  Nichols  and  Brown  still  was

     The reason he believes most of his "tips" come from those who  are  jealous
     of moonshiners, is the fact, Cope said, that few law abiding people know of
     such law violations. They pay no attention to the other fellow  unless  the
     conditions are such as to make it necessary for the protection of his home,
     family or property against the moonshiners.

     Cope declared some of the "higher class": moonshiners  are  hard  to  catch
     because they are only "silent managers" of their business. He spoke of  one
     who is supposed to be making liquor, but said officers had great difficulty
     in getting hold of him because of the way he conducted his business. It  is
     said he takes orders for his whiskey, but that he has "fall  men  who  make
     the liquor and deliver it," Cope declared. "He is what may  be  called  the
     'brains' of the business," Cope said.

Also on front page .

     Beginning today Judge Deem's History of Butler County will  appear  in  The
     Daily and Weekly Republican. Judge Deem completed his history some time ago
     but only recently did he grant the  privileges  of  having  it  used  in  a
     newspaper. A portion of the history will appear on Thursday  of  each  week
     until completed. The history contains much information of general  interest
     in this section of the state. It deals with facts concerning Butler  county
     from the time it was first inhabited until the present time. The  first
     installment will be found elsewhere in The Republican.



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