Business & Finance: Canapes and Compromise

When the Boston fire of 1872 threatened to destroy the First National Bank, its cash was removed for several days and worried bankers set up a day & night watch over it. Meanwhile they were fed by Boston's famed Parker House. One day last week the Parker House again went to the First National's assistance. Ten minutes after closing, workmen set about removing grills, glass desk tops, accounting machines and money from the bank's vaulted granite lobby and into their place went 12,000 glasses, 700 trays, 2,000 qt. of liquor, 3,000 qt. of soda and ginger ale.

Next day there arrived 50...

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