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48 > Image 48 of Libraries and lotteries; a history of the Louisville free public library

Part of Kentucky Works Progress Administration Publications

it j i 1 I LOUKHHLLE FREE PUBLHZIJBRARY accurate to say that lottery privileges were `~ incorporated more adroitly into bills osten- x sibly for other purposes. With few exceptions, lotteries in Kentucky i were commendable and were sustained by public \_ opinion as long as they were used only to raise _ funds for public purposes. But in the Eight- eenseventies, when the great New York lottery operators, Simmons and Dickerson, bought up = franchises and operated them for private gain, i the public began to see evil where before it ,Q had been overlooked. It saw franchises issued t F for school welfare, like the Frankfort grant, Y i which had languished from the time of its birth F { } in l838 to its revival bv legislative act in { L I 1869, used to roll a golden tide into private x V T coffers. Theamounts devoted to school purposes i or distributed as prizes, the objects designat- 3 , ed in the original grant, were only pittances i while the bulk of fthe proceeds went to the operators. v Even so, the awakened moral sense of the people was not strong enough to offer a serious 2 challenge to the lotteries. lt remained for the outcome of the grant to the Public Library Q of Kentucky to precipitate widespread protest 1 V against them. ln response, the legislature re- J V voked every franchise known to be alive in the ` State and laid heavy penalties on lottery oper- \ ation. The indifference of the courts made w these laws dead letters. Finally, the State , i constitutional convention assailed the evil and / inserted into the new constitution a clause / prohibiting lottery grants absolutely. It be- I I came operative in lS92.() 24 g i ' . -.. o .,.,.._ ,_ i