Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"For Selling Ale to a Minor"

From the Brooklyn Standard Union, 11 August 1887:

John BOHANNA, who keeps a saloon at 358 Hamilton avenue, was fined $25 by Justice MASSEY this morning for selling mixed ale to Hulda ANDERSON, a little girl aged 12 years, residing at 252 Hamilton avenue. This is the same child whom Mrs. Margaret HUMPHY, of the above address, forced to drink ale until she became unconscious. Margaret will be tried next Monday.

How awful! This gets labelled "cool old stuff," because that's what I call items pulled from old newspapers, NOT because I think the article is "cool."

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