May Have an Excise Wake.

To all those thirsty individuals who mourn the loss of their beer and whisky on Sunday, an opportunity will be given next Sunday to attend a public wake, which is to be held in condemnation of the strict enforcement of tha excise law.

The wake is to be held, it is said, in Hugh Slevin's saloon. Seventh Avenue and Fourteenth Street, provided the police do not interfere. It was reported that Slevin was authority for the statement that on Sunday he intended to keep his saloon open and dispense tea, water and free lunch to all thirsty and hungry customers who might apply. The whisky bottles and beer pumps are to be wrapped in mourning, and the entire store draped in black.

New York (New York) Times, August 2, 1891.

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