Considering the tremendous amount of public interest evinced in all cases arising under the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act, it seems strange, at first glance, that more attention has not been paid by the courts to the purchaser of intoxicating beverages. Since the passage of the National Prohibition Act the dockets have been crowded with cases dealing with the sale, manufacture, and transportation of intoxicants, but it was not until ten years after the passage of the Act that the United States Supreme Court was asked to consider the legality of the purchase of liquor as such. The question was raised in the case of United States v. Farrar, which was decided May 26, 1930. In that case the defendant, Farrar, was charged with knowingly and unlawfully purchasing two pints of liquor. The case originally came up before the district court of the United States for the district of Massachusetts. On motion of the defendant the indictment was quashed. On appeal to the Supreme Court the judgment was affirmed.