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The Daily Dispatch: February 28, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 2 Browse Search
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les of Washington will leave a vacuum not easily filled. Old Abe Hung in effigy in New York. No little excitement was created at a New York wharf Monday morning by the effigy of Lincoln hanging from the masthead of the sloop Motto, Captain Skipworth. Quite a crowd soon collected on the wharf, which the police tried in vain to disperse. Finally Sergeant Davourney went on board the Motto, and in an authoritative manner, ordered the figure to be lowered. Captain Skipworth refused to coCaptain Skipworth refused to comply with the request, on the ground that the police had no business to interfere in such matters. Davourney thereupon called several policemen to his assistance, and rushing upon the Captain carried him off to the Police Court. The case came up before Justice Connolly, and eventually ended in the release of the skipper, on his promises to lower the effigy. The police followed the Captain down to the wharf, in order to see that he fulfilled his promise, and soon afterwards had the satisfact