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While results of the Smoker Committee elections were being tabulated yesterday, there were mounting indications that perhaps there will be no smoker at all this year. The Alcoholic Beverage Commission, in line with a general crackdown of the past few weeks, has been making it difficult for College functions to obtain licenses to serve liquor.

Several requests for such licenses have been turned down in the past week by the Commission, the CRIMSON learned yesterday. In the most recent refusal, a member of the Commission demanded that proof be given that minors would not be served. He also threatened to send men to check on the age of all students served. Some functions were eventually carried on as private parties.

When contacted last night, an ABC official said. "All licensing is up to the local board subject to our supervision. There are certain laws which we must enforce. The local board undoubtedly was merely enforcing these laws." No official report has as yet reached the ABC office.

Dean Leighton, when contacted last night by the CRIMSON, said that he knew of no instances in the past when the Smoker Committee had had trouble getting beer, and added. "We serve beer, not sell it." It is believed, however, that the law prohibits the serving of beer to minors as well as the selling.

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