ance, in Belmont county. The manufacturing, vend-
ing, and drinking of whisky was carried on, in those
days, to perfection-if there be any perfection in the
horrifying practice, and scarcely one man was found
in the whole country to say a word against it. M'EI-
roy entered the field single-handed, and delivered, I
suppose, several hundred of the most powerful tem-
perance lectures that ever were heard in Ohio. He
had no temperance organizations, andl no periodicals
devoted to the cause of temperance, to back him.
Some of the preachers encouraged, others opposed
him-not because they were friends to intemperance,
but they said they did not like his manner. Whisky-
makers, and keepers of grog-shops, often swore ven-
geance against him, but they never laid hands on him.
His well-built frame, manly countenance, and strong
arm were a sufficient guarantee against all danger.
It was not an uncommon thing, in those days, to see
drunken men lying in the streets and alleys of St.
Ciairsville. As far as I know, they frequently laid
there all night. As he was going, on one occasion,
to the court-house, to deliver one of his philippics, he
saw several drunken men lying about the court-house,
and other places; he also saw large gangs of hogs
running in the streets, which was contrary to the
laws of the corporation. As the court-house was
pretty well filled with hearers, he thought it a good
opportunity to give them some advice. He advised
them, by all means, to preserve order in their town,
and to enforce the laws of the corporation against