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Buffalo Evening News

December 6, 1933

LARGE SUPPLY OF LIQUOR HELD UNTIL TODAY

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Larkin Warehouse Closes Few Minutes Before Word Comes From Utah of the Official End of the 18th Amendment

Possibility of release of a part of the flood of legal liquor stored in the Larkin company bonded warehouse in time to stock hotels, restaurants and clubs for sale tonight vanished when Utah delayed its vote until after 5 p.m.

The warehouse closed sharp at 4:45 p.m. in accordance with its usual custom.

More than 10,000 cases of choice whiskies and gin are reposing in the warehouse.

The McKesson-Buffalo Drug company, which has a federal license, pro-rated its entire supply of liquor among licensed hotels downtown. The supply which was shipped to each hotel within a half-hour after ratification was described by executives of the McKesson company as "reasonable."

While the city worried about its supply of hard stuff, brewers were given permission to rack off beer stronger than 3.2 Tuesday..

The local branch of the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Board was a beehive today as the staff worked getting out licenses.

Commissioner James P. Duffy expressed his delight over the fact of repeal.

"I have every confidence that the people will not abuse the return of liquor," he said. "We are starting on the road to temperance."

The final curtain was rung down on Tuesday night on Buffalo speakeasies according to Police Commissioner Roche, who was busying himself today with plans for police regulation of legitimate liquor dispensers.

"There are two plans open," he said. "We can make direct arrests of speakeasy proprietors and bartender's or we can obtain evidence of violation, have warrants issued, and then make arrests."

"Public opinion will be a major aid to the police in eradication of these places. I am certain the citizens will point out any cheater to the police. The department will keep such information in strict confidence."


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