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according to Dennison's testimony, Martini told him if he could get that man to vouch for him, he could get a drink. The fourth man is alleged to have made the desired recommendation, whereupon Dennison testified Martini told the man to take him upstairs and "fix him up." The man who sold the liquor was called "Harry," Dennison stated. Martini denied the accusation and declared that when Dennison asked for a drink he was told they did not keep liquor in the hotel. Later, the place was raided by Hawkins and Harvey and Deputy Shumaker and a squad of city police. A number of empty bottles were found scattered throughout the hotel. Each bottle contained a little liquor which, when poured together, made a quarter of a pint, which was held as evidence. In addition to this, the officers also found three gallons of whiskey beneath a trap door in Sheetz' room in the hotel. At the hearing, Sheetz admitted ownership of the liquor and declared he had bought it from a man who came into the hotel and offered it for sale. The liquor, Sheetz said, was for his own use and Martini did not know anything about it.

On Sunday night, April 6, 1924, federal enforcement officer George W. Hawkins raided the former Cumberland Ice Plant in Hodel's Alley at the rear of North Centre Street. A large still, thirty-six barrels of cider, and twenty gallons of alcohol were confiscated. It was also said that thirty barrels of "mad dog" or etherized beer, were seized. The prohibition agents said this building had been used for some time by bootleggers to put a "kick" in the cider and kegged near beer which is then peddled in the city. It was understood that three local men interested in the plant escaped from the building.

On Tuesday, May 13, 1924, thirty liquor cases were heard in United States Court, resulting in sentences totaling 525 days in jail and $1,140


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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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