Friday, November 16, 2007

No Near-Beer For You!

Boston Daily Globe May 2, 1924

Jamaica Plain Made Real Dry

Near-Beer Saloons Shut for License Hearings

Yesterday was dry day in Jamaica Plain. Not one near-beer saloon was open, pending the issuing of licenses by the Licensing Board. Saloonkeepers, doctors, lawyers and others pleaded with Capt Joseph Harriman to allow the saloons to open, pending the hearings on the applications for renewal of licenses.

But it was Capt Harriman's day. He and Sergt Michael Healy have long wished to see the day when they would not have to be troubled with complaints regarding saloons. So Capt Harriman stood pat and wouldn't budge an inch.

Today only two places were allowed to open, one on Amory st and the other at Boylston station, both being in the good graces of the Licensing Board. All others will have to remain shut until the results of the hearings have been disclosed.

Sergt Michael Healy has worked incessantly to keep down the liquor complaints in the Jamaica Plain section and his efforts, also those of sergt Fitzpatrick and liquor officer Gaw, have brought good results.

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