yella dove: backward bootlegger


ephraim slade was a throwback bootlegger,
used to bring illicit moonshine up from
some south kentucky bog where his family
had brewed and distilled it,   perfected it
over a century and a half   —   and back
in the nineties jim wilson,     owner of the
yella dove tavern,     bought it because he
was distant kin and also because they
gave him a deep discount and we were all
fans of fullmoon moonshine specials and jim’s
spontaneous shot sales usually around
midnight   .  .  .   ironically,   ephraim was a
wagon driver and tended to recruit
sobriety advocates off the job.

david m pitchford
12 May 2012

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