The headline tells the story.
I saw this headline in The Oklahoman for March 26, 1904, and just had to read the story.
The story was datelined Ardmore, I.T. and told the story of a “novel scheme” two whiskey peddlers used to sell illegal whiskey in the Chickasaw Nation.
They would travel the country in an old wagon under the guise of purchasing eggs and poultry, while allegedly selling pint jars of whiskey.
When a federal officer “pulled them over,” it was discovered that both of the wagon’s axles were of iron and very large and hollow. A small bolt could be removed and a pump inserted to withdraw the whiskey.
While the capture was “belived to be an important one,” the story did not tell of the peddlers’ punishment.
Today, it is a misdemeanor to possess untaxed liquor, and, yes, you can still get in trouble for selling white lightning.