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Mexico City Blues Question

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There are a couple of instances in Jack Kerouac's 'Mexico City Blues' where he mentions the "95 Devils." Does anyone know who or what he is referring to?

For instance, in the 30th Chorus he writes:

"...F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Alamoan
Huckster Crockett Hero
Who Burned his Wife Down
and tore up the 95 Devils
With crashes of laughter..."

and in the 173rd Chorus he writes:

"...The Ultimo Actual Soundbody
discriminating in the air
by means of men tubes
invented by the 95 devils"

Is this some sort of Buddhist reference, perhaps, or some sort of social reference that I'm just not getting? Any help, answers, or theories would be much appreciated.