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Cape Cod Rum Runners

Police and selectmen were on the payroll, and it wasn’t unusual for Coast Guard officers to hoard a few cases for themselves. The Coast Guard once seized 400 cases from rum runners in Boston, but they didn’t have room to keep it there and were forced to store it at the Nauset Coast Guard station in Eastham. A month later, only four cases remained.

By the early 1930s, the 18th Amendment was losing support. Cummings acknowledged that the end of Prohibition was “like an automobile assembly plant had been shut down. People were out of work and the fun was over.” But, Cummings admitted that, even without pay, he “would have done it because it was so much fun.”



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