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as a subterfuge to sell something else." Dayton denied that he had any intention to violate the law. He further denied that he knew of any bad conditions in the locality. The Commissioner cited a fake grocery store in the neighborhood and other places as well as conditions in Keech Alley where someone boasted the police were not going to stop him from selling liquor and was openly defiant although arrested repeatedly. The Council then refused the following other applications and returned them disapproved: W. M. Dean, 10 Little Frederick Street, now Long's Place; George Mallis, 11 North Mechanic Street and Naomi A. Lippold, 24 North Centre Street, for a tea room.

On October 2, 1924, hearings on various charges of violations of the prohibition laws were held before United States District Judge Morris A. Soper, Baltimore, and juries at the federal court. Eleven pleaded guilty, two cases were dismissed, and one man, Harold Grove, charged with unlawful possession of liquor, forfeited his bond of $500 by non-appearance. Attorneys for the accused were J. Philip Roman, Arch A. Young and Edward J. Ryan. On the previous day, in the same court, seventy-one traversers had entered pleas of guilty to violation of the prohibition law, either in the manufacture, possession, transportation, or sale of liquor before District Judge Morris A. Soper. Forty-nine were given jail sentences ranging from one day to six months, and twenty-two were fined from one dollar to $250 and costs. Finding a jailhouse for the prisoners offered a problem to the court, the county jail being crowded. Eighteen were taken to the county jail, and the rest to the city police jail, pending removal to Oakland and Baltimore City jails to serve their terms. Sentences imposed totalled 2,797 days in jail and $2,541 in fines.


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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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