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Oddfellows Local 151
An Oddfellows Local is a branch of a large fraternal organization Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 151 is the alcohol proof content of a strong brand of rum. [Ron Henry]

"Peewee gathered up his proof"
Peewee, according to Stipe/Buck, was a real vagrant who lived in his car in Athens. "Proof" here plays with its meanings of "a supporting argument" and of "the amount of alcohol in liquor". [Ron Henry]

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