Fighting Poolrooms in Kentucky: Sheriff Raids Two Places in Louisville-West Covington Rooms Are Closed, Daily Racing Form, 1907-08-07


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FIGHTING POOLROOMS IN KENTUCKY. Sheriff Raids Two Places in Louisville West Covington Rooms Arc Closed. Cincinnati, ., August 5. The people who havo been running poolrooms in Kentucky are up against another crusade. At Louisville yesterday afternoon Sheriff Bullitt raided the two rooms that have been in operation for a year or more at Kentucky and P. streets, near the Churchill Downs track, and he says that as long as he is iu ollice there will be no open betting in Jefferson county. The sheriff took his deputies to the rooms in automobiles, stripped the blackboards from the walls with axes and placed six of the employes under arrest. Neither the old nor the now room in West Covington is open. J. B. Kespess for some time has been operating a room in West Covington. About a fortnight ago Charles Bollinger decided to cut in on the play. He fitted up a room that was scheduled to have opened yesterday. The authorities who had tolerated the Respess room, remembering the nasty row that followed the effort of William Shannon to open a room opposite Hubers Garden in Newport, passed the word that neither of the rooms could open in West Covington. They are closed while an effort is being made to reach a compromise. The only big room open in Kentucky now is that at Hubers Garden. It is backed by the Cella Interests and has had a stormy fight for existence. There is a faction of the Newport population which is still lighting the room and Its closing may be expected at any time.

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