August 16, 1907

Independence Doubles Fee to Be Paid
by Saloonkeepers.

At a meeting of the ocuncil in Independence last night the city license for saloons in that city was advanced from $750 to $1,500. Including county and state licenses the total cost will be $2,360.

There are now nine saloons doing business in Independence. It is thought that the increased cost of maintaining the establishments will drieve some of them out of business. The council raised the license after studying conditions in other towns, arriving at the conclusion that Independence was getting too little from its saloons. It is said that the original intention of the council was to make the total cost of running a saloon in the city -- including city, county and state licenses -- $3,000 per year.

At the same meeting Colyer Bros. were awarded a contract to pave South Main street.