Buffalo Courier Express
October 28, 1924
MICKEY, THE CLAM
MAN, SHUTS SHOP:
Season has been a
bum one and he put padlocks on door for the winter.
Mickey, the Clam Man,
who for 40 Years, has had a stand in Commercial street now the Lloyd
street bridge. Yesterday closed for the season. He Pot up his shutters
and put two padlock, on the door.
"The season as a whole was on the bum," said Mickey when asked
about business. "Hugh Reid and a couple of other regular guys used
to come down here and buy some clams. But they was almost an the trade
that Ihad." I
"Oh, yes!" he recalled, "I didn't remember to tell you
about bow the general agent of the Lackawanna road stopped here and
asked his way to my stand. And here is how it all came about:
"There was a railway strike once and the weekly barrel of clams
was delayed and my trade was yelling Shout lack of service. I wrote
a letter on the advice of a steamboat fireman to the president of the
road. Before ten days was over I got a-letter frost the boss of the
road telling me to go and see the chief freight agent right here in
Buffalo. I went, and the agent treated me fine and showed me a copy
of the president's letter.
"The agent took me through the freighthouse and found my barrel
of clams and he helped me load them on a wagon, and ever since then
the I agent and I are friends."
Mickey has two rivals on the water front. but he says that they do not
count in the clam business and he has in mind a scheme to crowd them
Micky intends to take the few dollers he has earned during the summer
and go South and bet on the ponies. He said yesterday that he does not
expect to win much, but "if I have jack enough to get back and
open up the old stand, that's all I want"
And the Champion
clam opener (according to himself) of the United states, stamped out
his fire, double locked the door of his place, and walked away.
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