Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
If an inshore (liquor) runner happened to encounter law enforcement officials waiting for him to pull ashore, he’d toss his cargo overboard in a relatively shallow inlet.
This was a nuisance, not a loss.
Having first packed the liquor in “hams”—six-bottle burlap bags weighted down with salt for instances like this—the smuggler could return a few days later, after the salt had dissolved, to find his investment bobbing safely on the surface.
As I read this a couple of quips came to mind:
- Capitalism always breeds ingenuity.
- Necessity is the mother of invention.