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Cleveland Minister Shocked by New Year’s Revelry

December 30, 2009

New Year Celebration 1910-1915

Image from The Rabbit Hole USA.

REVELRY SHOCKS HIM.

Cleveland Minister Sees New Year In At Cafes.

Cleveland, Jan. 1 —

“I am shocked. The faces of women drinkers look like masks.” The Rev. George Hugh Birney, pastor of Euclid Avenue Methodist Church, so declared today after a personal observation tour of New Year revelries in Cleveland cafes and grill rooms.

In one cafe a young girl bounced a toy balloon off the head of the Rev. Mr. Birney. He declined to buy her a drink.

“Her feet were too far under the table,” he explained.

The clergyman joined in singing “It’s a Long Way To Tipperary” and “Auld Lang Syne” in another cafe. His voice mingled with those who had celebrated all evening.

“It was an orgy,” he said after the tour. “I shall tell my parishioners all about.”

The Frederick Post (Frederick, Maryland) Jan 2, 1915