Prohibition Officers Seize 9,600 Bottles of Beer

mmm, beer
mmm, beer

Such a sad time … not being able to drink beer? What a horrible idea Prohibition was.

Below is an article that we dug up from The Washington Post, detailing the seizure of a lot of bottles of beer from a ship with regular service between Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Baltimore, Sept. 8.–Four hundred cases of alleged “good beer,” amounting to 9,600 bottles and valued at retail almost at $4,000, were seized today by prohibition agents of the Washington “flying squad” on a vessel in regular service between here and Philadelphia, which arrived today at a wharf on Pratt street.

Today’s seizure is the first evidence that Philadelphia liquor dealers are using bay boats for the purpose of slipping liquor into Baltimore.

As in the case of illegal railroad shipments, the beer on the vessel was marked and shipped as “cereal.” The shipment was consigned to J. Young, a fictitious person, according to agents, who has also been named as the consignee for supplies which in the past have been seized on railroad cars.

Agents received a tip last night to the effect that the beer was being sent here and that “J. Young” would call for it at the local wharf early today. Agents waited, but Young failed to show up.

The seizure was made following a lengthy talk between steam hips officials and officials of the district attorney’s office.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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