3 Liquor Tax Rep. 159

Supreme Court, Kings Special Term,

June, 1903.

Reported. 41 Misc. 3.

Matter of the Petition of Patrick W. Cullinan, as State Commissioner of Excise, for an Order Revoking and Cancelling Liquor Tax Certificate No. 3,536, Issued to Axel J. Young.

Liquor Tax Law—Illegal Sunday sale by a hotel keeper.

The provisions of the Liquor Tax Law authorizing the keeper of a hotel to sell liquor to his guests with their meals are violated by him where he on Sunday sells casual callers at the hotel whiskey to be drunk there, and only incidentally has sandwiches served with the drinks.

Petition for an order revoking and cancelling a liquor tax certificate.

William E. Schenck, for petitioner.

E. B. Barnum, for defendant.

Garrettson, J.

The prayer of the petition should be granted and the respondent’s certificate revoked and cancelled. The respondent, a hotel-keeper, concededly sold whiskey on Sunday, which was drunk on the premises, to two persons who happened to be special agents of the department. These men were casual callers. The testimony leads quite irresistibly to the conclusion that they were not guests within the meaning of section 31, subdivision 2, of the Liquor Tax Law; that they did not resort to the hotel for the purpose of obtaining and did not order and actually obtain at such time in good faith a meal therein; that the respondent knew or should have known from what transpired at the time that such was the fact. The serving of the sandwiches was a mere subterfuge. It was incidental to the sale of the whiskey. *160The men ordered whiskey and said nothing in the first instance about a meal or even a sandwich. The latter was urged upon them by the waiter after consultation with the respondent. The section above cited (subd. k) provides that “ the keeper of a hotel, may sell liquor to the guests of such hotel * * * with their meals,” the meal being the primary and the liquor the secondary thing. Regarding the callers as guests and the sandwich as a meal for the purpose of this discussion only, the occurrence was nothing less than a selling of meals to the guests with their liquor, a palpable evasion of the letter and spirit of the law and a practical transposition of its express terms to accomplish such evasion, the sale of liquor being thus made the primary thing and the sale of the sandwich being secondary and incidental thereto.

Petition granted, with costs and disbursements, as in a special • proceeding.

Petition granted, with costs and disbursements.

In re Cullinan
3 Liquor Tax Rep. 159

Case Details

In re Cullinan
Decision Date
Jun 1, 1903

3 Liquor Tax Rep. 159

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