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The Daily Dispatch: March 23, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Death of a Noted vagrant. --The Philadelphia papers chronicle the death, on Wednesday morning, of a well known vagrant, named Margaret Harman, aged about 50 years. The Inquirer says: "Margaret was considered a very hard case, but possessed qualities of heart which, if they had not been prevented and obscured by intemperance, would have won for her lasting respect. When sober, she was a civil and kind-hearted woman; but liquor changed her into a brawling, fighting termagant. When she was in full vigor of her strength, and before intemperance and exposure had destroyed her constitution, she was a dangerous character to meddle with, and many an officer had his clothes torn to pieces while attempting to take Margaret into custody. Upon the breaking out of the cholera in Moyamensing prison, some years since, she was an inmate of that institution, and she at once devoted herself to the duty of nursing the sick prisoners. She labored assiduously for their comfort, and no trou