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only operated the three upper floors of the hotel, under lease from his father, and that he had sub-leased the bar a year ago at $100 a month to Sammy Presta, his bartender. The court license records showed Presta had trader, restaurant and cigarette licenses, granted in 1921. The state's attorney brought out that although Molinari operated a twenty-four room hotel, he did not have a hotel license. Molinari said he didn't know he needed one. The court also interrogated Molinari as to the various ginger cordials and other drinks such as "Horki-Vino, " "Irish Moss," "Rock and Rye," and "Vermouth" sold in the place, which Molinari said were patented drinks sold by the bottle, and which contained an alcoholic base. He said their sale was slow. Molinari said the job of running the hotel required so much labor that about a year ago he leased the bar to Presta, but that he, Molinari, loafed in the bar and helped out, such as racking pool balls and selling cigars, when Sammy Presta was rushed with customers.

On Saturday, August 31, 1922, following raids and the arrest of several people last Sunday night of the Vimy Hotel at Mechanic and Mill, now Bedford, Streets on charges of disorderly conduct and illegal possession of liquors, an additional search was carried on by police. Six cases of home brew and eight gallons of whiskey were discovered. James Swietzer, William Hunter, Thomas Childers, Elmer Dumar and Jennie Dumar were all held on several charges in violation of the Federal Prohibition Act. The Vimy Bar Room was closed, the city having refused it a license, but the rooms were still occupied. The Vimy had figured in police records frequently the past few years


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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