Cumberland, Maryland (Prohibition Era)
steel vats containing about 2,300 gallons of corn mash in the first stage of fermentation, three 50 gallon barrels of 126 proof liquor, six new empty-barrels, hundreds of empty bottles, jugs and jars, and all the conveniences of an up-to-date bootleg factory. In all, there were about 295 gallons of finished liquor in the room, ready for delivery. The officers worked for a solid hour dismantling the stills and destroying the liquor, mash and utensils. After taking samples of each barrel of liquor, kerosene was poured in and when this was finished, B. A. Poole was called to witness the fact that each barrel, as well as each vat of mash, was poisoned with bichloride of mercury. While this was going on, several of the agents searched the remainder of the building and found a chemical analyzing set and a registered retort, which Poole told them had been left there for storage along with household goods. These instruments were not molested. The officers took the stills, samples and other evidence to the office of United States Commissioner Thomas J. Anderson, where the proprietors of the garage, B. C. Poole and his son, B. A. Poole, were arraigned and held under a $1,000 bond for a hearing the following afternoon. John W. Snyder, proprietor of the Pennsylvania Hotel, was their bondsman.
On Thursday, January 25, 1923, by request of counsel for the defense, Lloyd Lowndes and J. Philip Roman, the hearing in the case of Benjamin C. Poole and his son, B. A. Poole, whose bootlegging plant was raided by Prohibition Officer George Hawkins and a comprehensive "still" found in full operation, and the Poole's being held under the charge of illicit dealing in contraband liquor, was postponed by Commissioner Anderson and the time for the hearing set for the next Monday. While the raid was considered
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976