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BOOTBLACKS INTOXICATED

Buffalo Express Jan. 1, 1901

THEY ROLLED ONTO THE STREET AND WERE SENT TO A HOSPITAL, BUT NEITHER SUFFERED MUCH

John Lancer and Fred Pfeifer, bootblacks, decended the stairway leading to a poolroom on Washington Street near Seneca Street about 9 o'clock last night. They came down in each others arms, where they were found by Patrolman Oberty and Spencer of the First Precinet. "It looks as if they have been slugged and kicked out of the place," said Oberly, trying to lift one of them to his feet.

"I think they're drunk, but we'll call the ambulance and not take any chances," Replied Spencer.

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The two bootblacks were sent to the Fitch Hospital, where it was found that Spencer's surmise was the correct one.

Lancer recovered consciousness a few minutes after reaching the hospital and was sent to Police Station No. 1 to be locked up for intoxication. But, Pfeifer's condition was more serious.

The fall down stairs had stirred up an accumulation of New Year's punch inside him to such an extent that the remidies ordinarily sufficent to revive men in the last stage of inebriation did no good and it was found nessissary finally to plunge him into a tub of ice water. At the third plunge he opened his eyes. He had a bad bump on the back of his head, but was otherwise uninjured.

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