New York Times

Cantonments Principally Affected by Army Regulations

Assistant United States District Attorney Henry Ward Beer of Brooklyn yesterday called the attention of liquor dealers to a statement issued by the War Department affecting the sale of intoxicants near cantonments. The statement, received yesterday, is intended to make clear that the regulation established by the President prohibiting the sale of alcoholic liquors within five miles of military camps were not meant to apply to all the small or temporary camps.

"The President," says the War Department, "directs that the term ‘military camps’ employed in the regulations established by the President shall be construed to refer only to cantonments or camps established for the mobilization and training of divisions of the national army or divisions composed of members of the National Guard drafted into the service of the United States to training camps established under the authority of Section 54 of the National Defense act, approved June 3, 1916, to camps at ports of embarkation, to other camps designated as embarkation camps, to camps designated as ambulance camps, and to camps designated as aviation camps.

"In that connection the War Department, Eastern Division, has decided upon the advice of G. C. Dodds, Judge Advocate, that the following places come within the military terms:

"Aviation Camp at Mineola, L. I.; Camp A. L. Mills, where the Forty-second Division is establishing headquarters, Mineola, L.I., and Camp Upton, Yaphank, L. I."

At the request of United States District Attorney France, Major Myers, in charge of the Yaphank cantonment, has prepared a map showing the geographical boundaries affected and Internal Revenue Collector H. P. Keith has compiled a list of the saloons within the five-mile zone at Yaphank, which will be investigated. The information has been turned over to the Department of Justice for the purpose of enforcing the President’s proclamation.


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