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IJow could I answer? This was all newS. ,My mind was a complete biank. . "~I asked. _, . ' . qrrarlie said, "We all. met you coming. down Rockland, Street, you were. going to the joint. " . "No, I rememb'er leaving the house and buying my~elf a, pint of wine. We drank there,. , , -, The R&B, was just a piss hole with tables, drunks and tr9uble. It was owned by a Jew who was afraid to go there and I don't blame him. The R&B just sold beer and wine. w;as supposed to drink whiskey in 1he place, ;but we all did.

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