Sept. 16, 1887
In the Federal court some twenty dealers in that good stuff called “moonshine” from Lamar County, were brought forward to the bar of the court in order that they might arrange their bonds. Congressman BANKHEAD promptly stepped forward and agreed to become their bondsman. Thereupon ex-Gov. Smith in his driest style but with a twinkle in his eye, arose and said: “If it please the court, there are about twenty more moon shiners from this congressional district who are anxious to find a bondsmen. I would like to have them brought before your Honor, in order that I may qualify upon their bonds. If the congressional fight is going to open up today, I want to know it. I don’t propose to get left. I am
going to keep up with the procession and with Capt. BANKHEAD.” The laughter that followed, though checked by his Honor Judge Bruce, was enjoyed by everybody present, the amiable congressman himself appreciating it with full zest.