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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 220, September 8, 1860

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Identifier: DX02802270

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 13, page 220, September 8, 1860

Description: Describes a visit to the Fourth Ward Police Station with George Boweryem, Jesse Haney, Charles Damoreau, and N.G. Shepherd.

Transcription:

203

The Cells and their Occupants.

[George] Washington, [Andrew] Jackson and [Marquis de] Lafayette. One side is railed off, behind which is a desk and official appurtenances, among them a cupboard or case containing pistols, sling-shots, murderous-looking knives and dirks, skeleton keys and other articles, taken from prisoners, some of them with labels indicating their once proprietors. Doors to the right and left led to the cells or the quarters of the police. At the invitation of the presiding serjeant, a good-looking, intelligent man we descended to the former, under charge of an official. Down a staircase, across a yard, we are piloted to ten or twelve cells with gratings for doors, whitewashed walls, no furniture, and wooden floors, slightly elevated at one end. The passage between them is lit with gas. There was a drunken Irishman with his face hideously cut and bleeding in one, three young fellows lying fast asleep in a second, two prostitutes in a third. One of the women came to the grating and talked with wretched bravado and discordant laughter, calling [George] Boweryem a “cockroach” at which he laughed, too, more shrilly than pleasantly. The Irishman was confusedly remonstrative. We were found here by Serjeant Williams, my Wednesday’s acquaintance. A broad, sturdy, resolute looking man, in uniform.

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-09-08

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Police
Prisoners
Prisons
Irish
Prostitutes

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