Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Something Better for my Boy]
“The toughest boys we've got in town aren't those you see in the ring. They're the ones like the Callano boys. Those Callanos are really tough! They aren't very big fellows, but they're strong and quick, fast. Not afraid of anything. They were bootleggers during Prohibition. They've all been in jail one time or another. I've seen them lick big husky guys like nothing. I guess they love to fight, those crazy Callanos. They're little square-built boys with tough-looking faces and great big hands on them. And they know how to use those fists.
“I like a good drink as well as anybody. But you can't drink and fight in the ring. You can't drink too much and do anything hard like that...[Barre's?] a pretty good drinking town. You can tell that from all the drinking places you see along Main Street. Start on North Main down towards the stonesheds there, with the Venetian [Garden?], and they're lined all the way up through — [Pirpo's?], Silver Top, Luigi's, Mario's, Barre Restaurant, Andy's Spa, Cellar Grill, so many you can't remember them. Way out to the Southern Tavern on South Main. Lots of places on side streets, too. And over in the Granite Street section around the stonesheds you can get drinks in plenty of private houses — if they know you. And you can get some real fine Italian foods, too. As good as anywhere there is. Stonecutters