Cumberland, Maryland (Prohibition Era)
the site of the American Legion Home, was taken up before the court. The case was held under advisement by Judge Albert A. Doub and testimony taken down by the court reporter at the request of the court. The chief witness for the state was Harry Morris. Previous to the case going to trial, a demurrer to the indictment was filed by C. Z. Heskett and Saul Prager, attorneys for the defendant. It was overruled by Judge Doub. The demurrer set out that the indictment was faulty and it contended on several counts that the sale, if made, was not a violation of the Act of 1894. Also, that the license applied for had been refused. The attorneys for Molinari then entered a plea of not guilty. Morris then testified that he bought drinks, both bonded and moonshine, on several occasions from Fred Young and Sammy Presta, bartenders, in the bar at the hotel and once Molinari himself waited on him. Also, he said that Molinari was in the bar shooting pool on several occasions. The prices paid were seventy-five cents for bonded and thirty-five cents for "moonshine." Roy Humberson also testified of going into the saloon, but did not drink. He said he saw Morris get something in a glass and put down a bill on the counter in payment. Luther Tauber testified that he went in on one occasion with Morris, but he, Tauber, drank near beer, while Morris got a small glass of something that looked and smelled like whiskey. The last two witnesses said they saw Presta and Young behind the bar, but did not see Molinari. Morris was cross-examined at some length by attorney Prager and there were frequent objections by States Attorney Fuller Barnard, Jr. Morris declared that Fred Young threatened him with a knife on the Queen City Pavement if he testified against Molinari. Molinari, in his own behalf, denied that he had ever sold any bonded or moonshine liquor to the state's witnesses. He declared that he
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976