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The Daily Dispatch: January 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], The President's New Year's reception. (search)
s-house, have not been brought by necessity or bodily disability to their present unenviable situation. They have been reduced to ask and accept public charity from sheer laziness. It is some consolation to think that the new city alms-house will be so fixed that such characters can be forced to flee from it by the Superintendent, by being made to earn a portion of their support. Yesterday a burly looking young ruffian, calling himself Charles Cook, was arraigned at the instance of one John Freeman, who charged him with making an extensive excavation in his frontispiece, over the left eye, with a paving-stone. The complainant, also an able-bodied young fellow, deposed positively to the injury having been inflicted by a rock; but two others, with Cook, testified as to the blow having been dealt "from the shoulder," for very slight cause. --Bail was required of Cook, and not given. The Mayor remarked that he was the greatest pest in the city, having passed all his life in fighting a