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Don't pay them.

--Complaints are constantly being made by citizens and strangers of the extortions practiced on them by the black Jehu's in charge of hacks in this city. The only remedy for the evil, if a swindle is attempted to be perpetrated, is to refuse payment until the case is settled by a magistrate. The hackmen have regular rates fixed by the Common Council. They are only entitled to reasonable compensation, no matter how far they go inside or outside of the corporation. The idea that has been studiously inculcated that hackmen could swindle with impunity to any extent, if they should happen to ride you a few feet beyond the corporation limits, is founded neither in reason or common sense. Carry one of the rascals before a county magistrate for extortion, and the result will be that he will order the offender all the law allows, and perhaps a little more for good measure. It would be perhaps a little extra judicial to take the law in ones' own hand, but it seems to us that a thirty-seven cent cow skin, judiciously applied, would cure speedily the most violent case of extortion. Let it be tried.

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