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  • Slade may have survived Jules Beni, but he did not survive "forty-rod," as they called whiskey in the West.

    A Desperado Rides Again

  • Some one found a dollar in a floor-crack in a saloon, and the bar-keep 'gave him a gallon of forty-rod for it, and used to keep it in a box for exhibition, and the crowd would get around it and paw it over and say:' My! my!

    The Passing of Cock-Eye Blacklock

  • He was a small, furious, redbearded man with a slouch hat, a big cigar, and a quart bottle of forty-rod in his coat pocket which he sucked at in between accusing his assistants of swindling him and bawling to everyone to give him some sellin 'room.

    Flash For Freedom

  • Even at that distance I could see the flashing eyes as he thundered out his message, thumping the air with his fist and laying it off like a Mississippi camp-meeting preacher full of virtue and forty-rod whisky.

    Royal Flash

  • The thought of Mr. James in association with Tennessee and Partner over a board supplied with hog, flapjack and forty-rod awakes a bewildering pity in the mind.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

  • Trading for forty-rod whisky, to enable you to get drunk and happy and tomahawk your families, has played the everlasting mischief with the picturesque pomp of your dress, and here you are, in the broad light of the nineteenth century, gotten up like the ragtag and bobtail of the purlieus of New York.

    Sketches New And Old

  • While Europe and America are peddling saving grace in pagan lands -- and incidentally extending the market for their cheap tobacco, snide jewelry and forty-rod bug-juice -- they are also building warships and casting cannon -- preparing to cut each other's throats while prating of the prince of peace!

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • It prohibits the sale of good, ice cold beer and gives us forty-rod bugjuice.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • "You'll feel better if you take a swallow of old forty-rod," he promised.

    Oh, You Tex!

  • But Texas Pete had some sort of a special grouch; I guess he was just beginning to get his snowshoes off after a fight with his own forty-rod.

    Arizona Nights


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  • "Forty-rod" is the Old West name given to home-distilled whiskey that's so strong it would knock you back 'forty rods' or 220 yards.

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