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Pat’s Tavern by Thomas J. CraneA Kid Buys Liquor And CigarettesWhen I was young the times were definitely different than what they are today. As my father’s birthday or Christmas drew near I would save my money in order to buy him a present. He always requested that I buy him cigarettes or wine. This meant that I would go to the local liquor store and tell the owner that I wanted a carton of cigarettes. He would always ask, “This is for your father, right?” In return, I would reply, “Yes sir.” He would then put them in a bag and say, “That will be two dollars,” I would then pay him and walk out of the store. Whenever I purchased a bottle of wine, I would go through the same routine. I must have been 11 years old at the time.18

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