29) The sexualized nature of the grogshop alarmed authorities in Malta as well.
In 1894, for example, a bombardier and gunner of the Royal Malta Artillery, on leaving a grogshop, became embroiled in an argument with a taxi driver.
Sergeant William Porter testified that grogshops remained open until 3 am when the Fleet was in, and that drunkenness on the part of soldiers was greater in Malta than he had seen in Egypt or India.
As he explained, the number of grogshops should be subdivided into those frequented by military, 41, and those by civilians, 114.
There was a great deal of gambling going on in Valletta, the governor said, and most of it took place in grogshops and unlicensed houses.
They did not seek over-indulgence at grogshops for amusement, but preferred activities associated with religious festivals, including processions, illuminations, and music.
Given the impropriety and irregularity associated with singing and dancing girls, the police did not want to become moral guarantors of entertainment in grogshops.
Husband, Don't Stay Long," a three-page soliloquy signed "Pollyphine Steptoe," describes in melodramatic third person the thoughts and actions of a wife waiting for her husband to return from a grogshop.
I promised her I would; but when night came, I was in the grogshop, so drunk I couldn't go.