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Plain drunk, drunk and disorderly and even beastly drunk in Duluth

Regular folks getting drunk used to be front page news. Ah, the good ol’ days.

From the first issue of the Duluth Herald, April 9, 1883:

James Clark got drunk yesterday and was run in by Officer Turcotte. He was taxed $8.50 this morning by Justice Martin.

A. Lonquest was drunk and disorderly at Rice’s Point last night and Officer Peloski found considerable difficulty in arresting him. He had an infernal machine called a self cocking revolver on his person besides a dangerous looking knife. He contributed $10 to the city treasury this morning.

P. Peck was a plain drunk who was picked up by Tom McLaughlin yesterday. He paid the customary $8.50 this morning.

Mary McGraw got beastly drunk yesterday and fell into the clutches of the police. This morning she woke up financially embarrassed and the result was she was sentenced to ten days confinement in the county jail.

These are our people; this is our heritage.

9 Comment(s)

  1. Mary! You go girl! “Beastly drunk” is much more impressive than simply “plain drunk.”

    Bret | Dec 15, 2010 | New Comment
  2. Who knew there are so many layers/kinds of drunk? Those old-timers missed “stupid drunk.”

    Vicarious | Dec 15, 2010 | New Comment
  3. I’d like to know who the radical was who hired an Eastern European, and probably a Papist at that, for the police force back in 1883.

    I was also going to suggest that “Infernal Machine” would be a good bandname, but I guess that boat has sailed.

    The Big E | Dec 15, 2010 | New Comment
  4. THE DRINKERS DICTIONARY

    A
    He is Addled,
    He’s casting up his Accounts,
    He’s Afflicted,
    He’s in his Airs.

    B
    He’s Biggy,
    Bewitch’d,
    Block and Block,
    Boozy,
    Bowz’d,
    Been at Barbadoes,
    Piss’d in the Brook,
    Drunk as a Wheel-Barrow,
    Burdock’d,
    Buskey,
    Buzzey,
    Has Stole a Manchet out of the Brewer’s Basket,
    His Head is full of Bees,
    Has been in the Bibbing Plot,
    Has drank more than he has bled,
    He’s Bungey,
    As Drunk as a Beggar,
    He sees the Bears,
    He’s kiss’d black Betty,
    He’s had a Thump over the Head with Sampson’s Jawbone,
    He’s Bridgey.

    C
    He’s Cat,
    Cagrin’d,
    Capable,
    Cramp’d,
    Cherubimical,
    Cherry Merry,
    Wamble Crop’d,
    Crack’d,
    Concern’d,
    Half Way to Concord,
    Has taken a Chirriping-Glass,
    Got Corns in his Head,
    A Cup to much,
    Coguy,
    Copey,
    He’s heat his Copper,
    He’s Crocus,
    Catch’d,
    He cuts his Capers,
    He’s been in the Cellar,
    He’s in his Cups,
    Non Compos,
    Cock’d,
    Curv’d,
    Cut,
    Chipper,
    Chickery,
    Loaded his Cart,
    He’s been too free with the Creature,
    Sir Richard has taken off his Considering Cap,
    He’s Chap-fallen,

    D
    He’s Disguiz’d,
    He’s got a Dish,
    Kill’d his Dog,
    Took his Drops,
    It is a Dark Day with him,
    He’s a Dead Man,
    Has Dipp’d his Bill,
    He’s Dagg’d,
    He’s seen the Devil,

    E
    He’s Prince Eugene,
    Enter’d,
    Wet both Eyes,
    Cock Ey’d,
    Got the Pole Evil,
    Got a brass Eye,
    Made an Example,
    He’s Eat a Toad & half for Breakfast.
    In his Element,

    F
    He’s Fishey,
    Fox’d,
    Fuddled,
    Sore Footed,
    Frozen,
    Well in for’t,
    Owes no Man a Farthing,
    Fears no Man,
    Crump Footed,
    Been to France,
    Flush’d,
    Froze his Mouth,
    Fetter’d,
    Been to a Funeral,
    His Flag is out,
    Fuzl’d,
    Spoke with his Friend,
    Been at an Indian Feast.

    G
    He’s Glad,
    Groatable,
    Gold-headed,
    Glaiz’d,
    Generous,
    Booz’d the Gage,
    As Dizzy as a Goose,
    Been before George,
    Got the Gout,
    Had a Kick in the Guts,
    Been with Sir John Goa,
    Been at Geneva,
    Globular,
    Got the Glanders.

    H
    Half and Half,
    Hardy,
    Top Heavy,
    Got by the Head,
    Hiddey,
    Got on his little Hat,
    Hammerish,
    Loose in the Hilts,
    Knows not the way Home,
    Got the Hornson,
    Haunted with Evil Spirits,
    Has Taken Hippocrates grand Elixir,

    I
    He’s Intoxicated,
    Jolly,
    Jagg’d,
    Jambled,
    Going to Jerusalem,
    Jocular,
    Been to Jerico,
    Juicy.

    K
    He’s a King,
    Clips the King’s English,
    Seen the French King,
    The King is his Cousin,
    Got Kib’d Heels,
    Knapt,
    Het his Kettle.

    L
    He’s in Liquor,
    Lordly,
    He makes Indentures with his Leggs,
    Well to Live,
    Light,
    Lappy,
    Limber,

    M
    He sees two Moons,
    Merry,
    Middling,
    Moon-Ey’d,
    Muddled,
    Seen a Flock of Moons,
    Maudlin,
    Mountous,
    Muddy,
    Rais’d his Monuments,
    Mellow,

    N
    He’s eat the Cocoa Nut,
    Nimptopsical,
    Got the Night Mare,

    O
    He’s Oil’d,
    Eat Opium,
    Smelt of an Onion,
    Oxycrocium,
    Overset,

    P
    He drank till he gave up his Half-Penny,
    Pidgeon Ey’d,
    Pungey,
    Priddy,
    As good conditioned as a Puppy,
    Has scalt his Head Pan,
    Been among the Philistines,
    In his Prosperity,
    He’s been among the Philippians,
    He’s contending with Pharaoh,
    Wasted his Paunch,
    He’s Polite,
    Eat a Pudding Bagg,

    Q
    He’s Quarrelsome,

    R
    He’s Rocky,
    Raddled,
    Rich,
    Religious,
    Lost his Rudder,
    Ragged,
    Rais’d,
    Been too free with Sir Richard,
    Like a Rat in Trouble.

    S
    He’s Stitch’d,
    Seafaring,
    In the Sudds,
    Strong,
    Been in the Sun,
    As Drunk as David’s Sow,
    Swampt,
    His Skin is full,
    He’s Steady,
    He’s Stiff,
    He’s burnt his Shoulder,
    He’s got his Top Gallant Sails out,
    Seen the yellow Star,
    As Stiff as a Ring-bolt,
    Half Seas over,
    His Shoe pinches him,
    Staggerish,
    It is Star-light with him,
    He carries too much Sail,
    Stew’d
    Stubb’d,
    Soak’d,
    Soft,
    Been too free with Sir John Strawberry,
    He’s right before the Wind with all his Studding Sails out,
    Has Sold his Senses.

    T
    He’s Top’d,
    Tongue-ty’d,
    Tann’d,
    Tipium Grove,
    Double Tongu’d,
    Topsy Turvey,
    Tipsey,
    Has Swallow’d a Tavern Token,
    He’s Thaw’d,
    He’s in a Trance,
    He’s Trammel’d,

    V
    He makes Virginia Fence,
    Valiant,
    Got the Indian Vapours,

    W
    The Malt is above the Water,
    He’s Wise,
    He’s Wet,
    He’s been to the Salt Water,
    He’s Water-soaken,
    He’s very Weary,
    Out of the Way.

    — Benjamin Franklin

    adam | Dec 15, 2010 | New Comment
  5. Nothing for y or z Ben? Yowza’d? Zazzed up? These kinda work … I dunno, I’m a bit out of the way.

    rykwon | Dec 16, 2010 | New Comment
  6. I myself tend to get blind drunk.

    c-freak | Dec 16, 2010 | New Comment
  7. Interesting that the woman went to jail for 10 days, but the men just had to pay a fine. *shrug* Maybe just coincidence…when you get to “beastly” level, they gotta throw you in the tank.

    I get piss-drunk.

    jessige | Dec 16, 2010 | New Comment
  8. She went to jail because she was “financially embarrassed” and couldn’t pay the fine.

    Paul Lundgren | Dec 16, 2010 | New Comment
  9. Ahhhh…right. I wasn’t reading in 1883.

    I am now literally embarrassed. Perhaps I’ll go have a drink.

    jessige | Dec 16, 2010 | New Comment

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