1931 | Seattle

Tipped Off

Will you please have the Chinese bootlegger’s place raided?

Dear Sir,

My husband is in the habit of buying a quart of whiskey every other day from a Chinese bootlegger named Chin Waugh living at 317 Sixteenth near Alder Street.

We need this money for household expenses. Will you please have his place raided? He keeps a supply planted in the garden and a smaller quantity under the back steps for quick delivery. If you make the raid at nine thirty any morning you will be sure to get the goods, and Chin also, as he leaves the house at ten o’clock and may clean up before he goes.

Thanking you in advance
I remain

Yours truly,
Mrs. Hillyer

About This Text

Mrs. Hillyer, a letter to the Seattle Bureau of Prohibition. Washington state passed a ban on alcohol in 1916, four years before the federal ban on “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” or the Eighteenth Amendment, was given enforcement by the Volstead Act. Prohibition ended in 1933 with ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, whose first section states, “The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.” It is the only time an amendment has been repealed.