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Celebrating History: Scandal! Slavery and drugs in Havre


May 9, 2014

Courtesy photo

This photo shows the interior of the Oxford cafe in downtown Havre. M. D. White was arrested inside the establishment and taken to the Hill County Jail.

For this, the eighteenth installment celebrating the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory, we refer to the May 9, 1914 issue of The Hill County Democrat. The big story on the front page was a little lengthy, but the writing style is so interesting and the subject quite scandalous, of course complete with misspellings:

White Slaver Under Arrest

Sells Morphine And Contributes Fifty Dollars Fine

Placed In County Jail

Charged With White Slavery For Placing Wife In House of Shame

M. D. White was arrested yesterday by Deputy Sheriff Crites and lodged in the county jail on a charge of white slavery.

White drifted in a few days ago from Great Falls, and immediately established himself in business by placing his wife "Cleo" in a house of ill fame and starting a lively traffic in the glittering white powder that imparts brightness to the eye and puts temporary exaltation into the brain to an extent gauged by the amount of the drug that the dopehead can as...

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