Nashville Daily American, April 13, 1889
Nashville Opium Den.
Where Good Citizens (?) [sic] Go for Recreation.
The Joint as it Appeared Last Night.
Squalid and Criminal Debauchery That Prevails in the Very Heart of the City.
It is located on the topmost floor of a pretentious brick structure on Broad street near the junction of Cherry and does not suffer for patronage. Its filthy frequenters can be seen going to and from it, from evening twilight until the dawn of day.
Notwithstanding that there is no law against the operation of such a den, its directors keep a vigilant eye on all visitors for fear that
Some Spying Traitor
will learn their unholy secrets and publish its horrors to the world.
The police have for some time been cognizant of the existence of this place but, there being no prohibitive State or corporation law, they are powerless to break it up. They nevertheless kept it under close surveillance in the hope that it will breed some act of lawlessness that will warrant a raid.