Prohibition in the North Country — Hotel Madden
The latest in an occasional series of posts
Two federal agents from New York City walked into the Hotel Madden cafe on South Street in Glens Falls, NY, apparently unrecognized, and ordered whisky.
Perhaps the hospitality was a little too good for inn keeper John Madden’s own good. It landed him in crow bar hotel.
“It is alleged that when they were served with drinks they took the glasses and made known their identity,” The Post-Star reported in July 6, 1920, a day after the Prohibition era incident.
The agents seized five gallons of whisky from behind the bar, arrested Madden, and detained him in the custody of Glens Falls Police officer Cornelius Kennedy.
U.S. Commissioner Samuel Caplan of Albany released Madden on July 9.
“In addition to visiting the South Street hotel it is reported that the agents visited an inn between the city and Lake George on the state highway, but whether they made an arrest or secured any liquid could not be determined.”
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