National Affairs: Smoke


Once famed for its nightly swarm of bums staggering from one swinging door to another, Manhattan's Bowery has been a comparatively sober thoroughfare since Prohibition. The bums have been lounging in speakeasies, drugstores, paintshops where "smoke" (colored, usually poisonous, alcohol) could be purchased for 15¢ the glass, 50¢ the pint. Last week the Bowery bums were on the street again, pitifully wandering, finding neither swinging doors nor "holes in the wall."

Many a Bowery "smoke joint" was closed last week by the local Prohibition Administrator, Major Maurice Campbell; many another closed...

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