Saturday, June 18, 2011

hanger-on about some of the lowest dives at the lower end of town

Police Court May 19 1886 Oregonian


Arthur Davis, a negro who has frequently been sent to jail for roaming the streets after midnight, was tried and convicted in the police court yesterday on a charge of vagrancy. Davis, for months past, has been a hanger-on about some fo the lowest dives at the lower end of town, among them a newly incorporated 5-cent all-round liquor establshment, and has made himself conspicuous by his general worthlessness. Davis pleaded that he one time washed a window, and on another occasion a floor. Judge Dement, in passing sentence, told David he had given him quite a number of opportunities to reform, and this time would allow him twenty-five days to debate and think over the subject. It cost Minnie Reynolds 10$ for acting in a disorderly manner and disturbing the neighbors on the vicinity of her residence Monday night. Officer Beach arrested her. She put up $10 bail, amd failing to appear for trial it was ordered into the city treasury.

-May 19 1886

["You are conspicuous by your general worthlessness."
"No! I washed a window, once."

"To see whether the saloon was open yet!"
"And a floor!"
"You were very drunk, and crawling in circles crying."]

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