Sunday, June 21, 2009

Black Sheep Sunday: Just Another Day in Brooklyn


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, June 28, 1853
one cent.

Last evening, about 9 o'clock, during the severe rain shower, the house 112 Henry street, occupied by Mr. George COGGESHALL, was entered by a thief or thieves by the way of the back piazza, and sundry things stolen therefrom. Among others a valuable shawl was taken. This depradation was committed while the family were in the parlor below. The thieves had the precaution to lock the doors, and decamped by the same way they came in before the family retired to rest.
ALLEGED BIGAMY   [p2, col 2]
A man named John ALDSWORTH, formerly of Boston, was on Saturday arrested by Constable MUNDELL, on the charge of bigamy prefered by his first wife, who came on here from that city. It is alleged that he was married to a girl in this city [Brooklyn, NY] some months since with whom he lived up to the time of his arrest. He was held for examination.

On Saturday evening some of the officers recently appointed in this ward to preserve the peace of the Sabbath, heard a disturbance in a house in Eighteenth street. They entered for the purpose of stopping violence when the fury of the party was turned upon them, and they were driven into the street. There over a hundred others joined in the melee, and another officer from the fourth district police came to the assistance of the attacked, and made captive one who appeared to be the ringleader of the mob; he was attacked in turn and the prisoner rescued. These officers then had to beat a retreat to Twenty First street, to which point they were persued, and made their escape without any prisoners.

On Saturday morning officers FROST and MCLAUGHLIN, while proceeding to search some apartments in a house in State street, on the authority of a warrant issued by Justice SMITH, were attacked by one of the occupants of the premises, named John SHANNON, and considerably beaten. Some half a dozen women held the officers while SHANNON pummeled them. He was eventually arrested, however, and locked up.

RUFFIANLY ASSAULT.   [p2, col 1]
Yesterday a lad, by the name of Michael KELLY, who is employes[sic] on board of the Kinckerbocker steamboat that runs up the East River and Long Island to Norwich, Connecticut, was the victim of a ruffianly assault, committed by a colored[sic] man, known as CHARLEY, who is employed on board of the same steamboat, as an under cook. It appears that the boy KELLY had been in the cookhouse, and had taken some peas out of a plate, which was seen by the cook, who attempted to snatch the plate out of his hand. A scuffle ensued, during which the colored under cook laid hold of an axe and inflicted a blow across the eyelid of KELLY. The latter was conveyed to the Hospital, and the colored fellow ran off from the dock at the foot of Cortland street, where the steamboat lay, and has not since been heard of. It is supposed by Dr. MCCOMB, who attends the case, that KELLY will lose the sight of his eye.

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