--While the bickerings and petty strifes between different members of the human family are painful to reflect upon, it is nevertheless amusing to hear the story which one will tell upon another when applying for legal redress.
For instance, yesterday, a female of Irish birth made a courtesy before the Mayor
, and exclaimed: ‘"I want to get a warrant, sir." ’ ‘"For what?"’ asked the Mayor
‘"For a woman who has called me out of me name, sir."’ ‘"Well, do you think it necessary to get a warrant because a woman has called you out of your name?"’ ‘"Indeed I do, sir,"’ was the reply, ‘"for I am the mother of children, and can show a character of me own, sir; and I don't think it's right to be called out of me name."’ She then went on to inform the Mayor
that the difficulty originated, while they were hanging out clothes, as to the prior right of each to use the clothes line, and that the other woman was then in Court for the purpose of getting out a warrant against her. The Mayor
, however, thought she stood in no danger of violence, and told her she had better go home and attend to her children.
She had no sooner gone when the other made her appearance, and declared that the first had rushed upon her with a knife while she was hanging out clothes, though she had as good a right to the line as herself; and therefore she wanted to get out a ‘"warrant."’ Wishing to rid himself of the annoyance, the Mayor
directed his clerk to make out the paper in the case, and then remarked, sotto voce,
‘"There ought to be a petticoat court in this city."’
Two or three cases of this kind occurred yesterday, and they serve to illustrate the miscellaneous character of the social differences which the Mayor
is called upon to adjust.