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A YEAR OF SUBWAY TAVERN.
Row "Bishop Potter's S.zloon" Looks
Today-What the "Bar Keep"
Said About It.
W. E. Barton in Boston Transcript.
It is now just a year since the
Subway Tavern was opened in New
-York City. Thus far nothing ham
been given to the public in the way
-af a report, and those in charge ol
-the business do not know whethei
-he management intends to print any
thing or not. So, at least, I was told
an a recent visit to the place, but I
gathcred some facts from observatior
and inquiry which furnish some
ground for an estima-te of this ef
5ort to promote the cause of temper
ance by the sale of alcoholic drink.
I had to ask several men employed
zalong the stbway before I could lo
.::axe the Subway Tavern. They did
-not know it by that name. It is call
-ed *Bishop Potter's Saloon." I en
tered by the front corner door intc
the "water-wagon.' 'or soda fountain
room. I had intended to begin b3
purchasing a glass of soda. But I
changed my mind. It was a gooc
morning for soda, as might have wit
nessed the attire of the young mar
hind the counter who was coatlesc
.and collarless, with the neck of hiE
shirt unbuttoned; but no one waE
buying soda. The fountain and the
glass above it were fly-specked. The
-ounter looked untidy. Half of the
syrup bottles had no stoppers, anc
the flys were crawling in and oul
of the necks, one or two of which
were broken. I cannot say that the
soda was dirty: I can only say 'hai
~ was thirsty for soda until I came
where the soda was, and that I did
I engaged the young man in con
versation. He said in answer to my
questions that they were doing pret
tv well; his tone did not add strength
to t'.e assertion. The presence ol
someone in the room brought a man
somewhat older from a room in the
rcnr. who offered to show me about,
I thanked him and went with him.
Immediately in the rear of the soda
water room is 'he reading room. Or
-the tables lay two one-cent morning
-papers, apparetnly unopened. A bad
-1y worn copy of Collier's Weekly
-was there also, and a magazine ir
<.loth cover. I opened it, but it was
:a ~back number, and the title page
was gone. There was one leaf torr
irom the Outlook. -That was the
stock of current literature in sight.
The room was dark, midway be
tween the two light rooms front and
-rear. No one was using the room.
2 -fhought any one who ca;ne there
:to read must be very much in earnest.
I went back into the barroom.
Facing a side door and occupying
-me+*t the side of this largest room
-athe oar. with its bottles ::nc
2Ises. :n no wise different fror
i e ar f th orinar saoen Al
be= ng done( in the estabishmnicr
-w~as at the Dtar, s I deferred closet
inpeetion of thi romt tomi anothte:
tim-:- It wvas far the most attract:ve
roocm in the hot-se, withi some g'oC
-pa:mng~s, L1ad an honest at- empt a
There is a basement department
- md I went dlown there. It was va
cam cf human life. There were ta
10e. indiuding three in wall recesses
a'uki:g like what T ::ave seen in oth
r negon sal>ans. In the cor
ner was a part of the reserve stock 01
iquor. There were nine casks in all
two of them of five gallons each
two of 16 gallons each, and the orhe:
full barrels. I did not see the label:
on all, ibut in general the small casks
had the milder liquor. One of tt<
ihe gall on kegs was wmie: one o:
:he barrels was gin, another wa:
>ech.. and two were rye whiske:
~-renciled "Subway Specia!.'' Som<
of myA friends who professedi to know~
ha wid me that n :hi saoon uni
mig drnks. ine an d beer wereC '
:oom smeU and maw' withi:t the rega
~ar barroom crowd. In the "read
ngro" three men were eating th
special supper which the tavern was
advertising, and they had good large
mugs beside them as they ate. I
came out of the front door, through
the soda water place. No one was
buying anything then. There was
a sign "Ice Cream Soda, 5 cents.
Broadway Quality at Bleeker Street
Prices.", But the sticky lines on the
inside of the syrup bottles did not
seem to have gone down much during
the day. At the beginning they had
an arrangement for selling beer to
women at the soda fountain; I do
no* know if it continues. I am glad
to say that I saw no women buying
I waited for another day, and came
again. I had been twice on a hot
Saturday. I came at 9 o'clock on
Monday. "This time," I said, "I
must -buy something. I will try that
ice cream soda. It cannot be very
bad, and if at all good would be very
agreeable this hot morning." But I
did not buy it. Instead I ordered a
non-alcoholic drink that comes bot
tled. And I have faith to believe
that the stains on the glass from
which I drank it were all on the out
The young man behin-d the coun
ter had on a white duck cc -, but it
was a last week's one. Two helpers
were getting the fountain into shape
for the day's business, and at that
moment were rejacking the ice cream.
They wore exceedingly dirty overalls
and shirts likewise, andone of them
was smoking a cigarette with a half
inch of ash on The end which he
held carelessly directly over the open
vessel of ice cream. The flyspecks
about the fountain ha'd apparently in
creased. I regarded them more care
fully as I talked with the
young man and drank my
glass. The flies still found
the throats of the syrup bottles an
open thoroughfare to something of
interest to them inside. This was
why, a'gainst my well considered res
olution, I' did not buy soda.
I went back into the reading room.
There were some newv morning pa
ners. There was the familiar copy
* f Coller's som'e of the leaves now
puled out. and the same nameless
:''azme im he cover. Some one
di added a single copy. and :not a
late one, of a paper once excluded
f* .:e mails. I 11 was after nine
'ctloc andthy er beginning to
mor> the floor.
I wen: into the barroom and en
gaged t.he young man 'behind the bar
in conversation. He had a damp
twel over his shoulder, and was
wiping a lot of glasses, which he ar
ranged neatly on the shelf with bot
tIes of 01(1 Tom gin and WVilson's
whiker and the rest. I told him
frakl th:at I was visiting the place
to ask questions, and wasi interested
in the movement on its philanthrop
ic side. He had a waierv eve and a
husky voice. I do not pretend to
judge :he cause.
"The only difference between this
here and any other saloon," said he.
then began again and omitted the
word "other." "The only difference
beween this and any saloon is. that
a' man can't buv no more here when
This statement he repeated several
ties; with slight n-odification. But
! dIscoveredl two other differences
betee that and some saloons.
hd lost the~ keyv to the rfont door:
-but once a week the Subway Tavern
-closes. I was glad to know it.
waiters are instructed not to approac
men who sit at the tables until the
are called. A man is not urged t
drink. This seems to me a poin
that deserves to be mentioned. I d
not know how many other place
where liquor is sold may be able t
say the same, but I have the impres
sibn that it is quite common for me
who visit such places to be made t
feel some compulsion to drink.
I .asked him about the propoi
tion of beer to stronger drink in thi
as compared with a saloon.
"No difference," said he. "We se
what they want. In the winter, c
course, they bought more whiske
than they do now. 'Now we get ri
of an awful lot of beer.'
"How muc. beer?" I asked.
Well, counting it in half barrel!
though some come in other pac'
ages, he thought from five tc. si
half barrels a day.
"Do you allow treating?" I asket
"Why, if four or five men come i
here and one buys for the crowd an
then the rest buy, do you suppose I'r
going to let them go somewhere els
and spend 'chat money?" he asked.
"How many times might a ma
drink?" I asked, "before you woul
refuse to sell him more?"
"It all depends," said he. "Som
men can't stand more than five glass
es, and some men can stand 5<
But as soon as a man gets noisy an
shows he's ha-d too much, we te'
him we're very sorry, we can't sel
him no more. That's the way w
lose a lot of trade. They go an
don"t come back."
For myself I dourbted it, if what
had seen was a sample; but if ther
had been any profit on the busines
done during my three visits, it wa
certainly not on the soda or the res
aurant, but on the saloon.
The young man talked very free1b
and with emphasis, wiping iP
glasses the while and stopping one
r twice to serve a' customer whi
ame in. He also stopped now an
then to spit oi the floor, but the floc
looked little the worse for it.
I have now related all that was es
entia! in my three visits to th
Subway Tavern. My prejudices an
cnvictions are all against a mnove
ment of this sort, yet I went wit.h
candid mind, and if I had seen an:
ther thing good about the place,
certainly would tell it. And I sai
to myself as I came away, that th
devil must have laughed when h
persuaded good men to attemptt
help the cause of temperance in tha
way. I .have heard much of fightin
lre with fire. I suppose the expre:
sion originated on the prairies, wher
an immigrant's wagon, threatened h
a nrairrie tire. finds safety in settin
a fire a mile in advance of the on
rushing sheet of flame and followin
over burnt ground out of reachr
the main fire.' Unde such excer
tional circumstances it may be we
to know how to fight fire with fir<
But one hears the expression so ofte
that he might suppose fire to be Uh
usual and accredited foe of fire. A~
a general proposition,. however, it
better to fight fire wvith water.
have little faith in the similia simil
u5 cure of the liquor traffe: but
I had possessed much more fait
i.a~ I did possess-' in igh:in
<nv mani dlecived thereby. T
eope who sang the doxology whc
the Subway Tavern was opened wei
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