New Law.There is a law on the statute books of South Carolina which is very much a dead letter. This law was approved by the governor on the 3d day of March, 1899. It is entitled: "An Act to Prevent Drunkenness and Shooting Upon the Highway." The provisions of the law are very plain, simple and easily understood.
"That any person who shall engage in any boisterous conduct under the influence of intoxicating liquors, or while feigning to be under the influence of such liquors, or without just cause or excuse shall discharge any firearms while upon or within fifty yards of any public road, except upon his own premises, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall pay a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, or be imprisoned for not more than thirty days."
Probably very few people know that there is such a law and it will be well to read it carefully and understand that there is a severe penalty attached.
It will be easy to work up a "just cause or excuse" for discharging gun, pistol or other fire arm, but it will be difficult to work up an apology for a roaring, middle and both sides of the road jag.
The jagger had better do the quiet, reeling, say nothing to nobody jag, as "boisterous" is the essence of offense.
The noise of firearms and the roar of the jagger seem to meet on a perfect equality in the provisions of this law.--Greenville News.[The Anderson Intelligencer, Anderson, S.C., May 24, 1899. Volume XXXIV.---No. 48. Pg. 1]