Blind Tigers & Dissolute Women

From the minutes of the Goldsboro Board of Aldermen comes this nugget of booze and prostitution in 1917.

At the July 2, 1917 meeting of the city aldermen, the board called to the attention of the chief of police the proliferation of “Blind Tigers and dissolute women” in the city.

They instructed the chief to make every effort to free the city from “these shameful evils and solicit their cooperation [local judges] with the decent people of the community that these flagrant vices be abolished.”

“Blind tiger” is slang for an illegal bar, i.e. a speakeasy and “dissolute women” was a polite term for prostitutes.

At the July 17 meeting of the aldermen, Police Chief E.J. Tew reported on the arrest of twelve women and two men for a range of offenses including vagrancy (prostitution), running a bawdy house (brothel), and retailing whiskey.

One woman, Grace Lane, convicted of vagrancy, paid a fine and was let go on condition that she “leave [the] city by twelve o’clock July 15th or serve a sentence of 30 days in jail.”

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WWI and Goldsboro’s War on Pool Rooms

Places of Idling

In May 1918 the Goldsboro Board of Aldermen voted to temporarily revoke the licenses of all pool rooms within city limits for the duration of World War I.

Representatives from many of the largest churches, and the Jewish temple Oheb Shalom, signed the petition and presented it to the alderman on May 6. They stated that their request was a “war measure” and that the

energy, time and money spent by our men and youth in the pool rooms is practically a waste, and should be diverted into productive channels.

The petitioners claimed that such action was not meant to “injure any man’s legalized business”, although how they could rationalize this as anything other than financial injury is suspect.

Local attorney J. Langhorne Barham represented the interests of the local pool room operators but his best efforts were not successful. The board agreed to the ban in a 5-3 vote at a special session on May 13.

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