Whyos: October 20, 1884

Be Careful and Not Hit the Whyos When They Want Free Beer.

(The Sun, October 20, 1884)

Phillip H. Brady, saloon-keeper at Worth and Mulberry streets, complained to Justice White last week that members of the Whyo gang were in the habit of visiting his saloon for free beer. Justice White advised him to get their names and swear out warrants for their arrest. Brady is a big, powerful man with fists like sledge hammers. He said it was too much to expect him to ask the ruffians their names and keep his hands off them when they blackguarded him in return.

A number of the gang dropped in on him on Saturday night and ordered beer for all in the house. They asked Brady to chalk it up on the sole of his foot until after the election, for they said they were a little short of money just now. That upset Brady’s equanimity. He ordered the gang out of his saloon, but they were not disposed to go, and began throwing chairs at the bottles and decanters behind the bar. He hit William McQuade rather harder than he intended to, breaking his nose, blackening his eyes, and opening his cheek. Brady was arrested, and gave bail at the Tombs.

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Max Sparber

Max Sparber is a playwright, journalist, and history detective in Omaha, Nebraska.