Swimming is forbidden

From the 1884 “Albany Hand-Book, A Stranger’s Guide and Residents’ Manual”:

“Swimming in the river near the shores or wharves, between 6 A.M. and 8 P.M., is forbidden by city ordinance. Still, if a man falls overboard, he better swim if he knows how, rather than break the law and go to the bottom. The fine is only $1.”

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