Exile Him to the Police Force

by Gaz Regan · Thursday, December 13th, 2012 · Quotes

“. . . the average bartender, despite the slanders of professional moralists, is a man of self respect and self possession; a man who excels at a difficult art and is well aware of it; a man who shrinks from ruffianism as he does from uncleanliness; in short, a gentleman . . . the bartender is one of the most dignified, law abiding, and ascetic of men.  He is girt about by a rigid code of professional ethics; his work demands a clear head and a steady hand; he must have sound and fluent conversation; he cannot be drunken or dirty; the slightest dubiousness is quick to exile him to the police force, journalism, the oyster boats or some other Siberia of the broken.” Baltimore’s Evening Sun, May 11, 1911.  Found in The Young [H. L.] Mencken: The Best of His Work

H. L. Mencken pictured on the right

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