Quote: Drink so Little

Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Page: 28

After a visit to some of the city’s tenements, Henry Codman Potter, Episcopal bishop of New York, expressed wonder “not that the poor creatures who live in them drink so much, but they drink so little.”

Is it any wonder in the conditions that the imigrants lived that they would turn to the saloon to provide a social gathering place as well as a way to escape from life’s hardships, even if only for the evening.

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