A Chronological History of the Boston Watch and Police: From 1631 to 1865; Together with the Recollections of a Boston Police Office, Or, Boston by Daylight and Gaslight, from the Diary of an Officer Fifteen Years in the Service

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The author, 1865 - Boston (Mass.) - 396 pages
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Page 32 - Rome the Pope is come, amid ten thousand fears, With fiery serpents to be seen, at eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. Don't you hear my little bell, go chink, chink, chink? Please give me a little money, to buy my Pope some drink.
Page 19 - The buildings, like their women, are neat and handsome, and their streets, like the hearts of their men, are paved with pebbles. They have four churches, built with clapboards and shingles, and supplied with four ministers, — one a scholar, one a gentleman, one a dunce, and one a clown.
Page 29 - Style," according to which, every year divisible by 4, unless it is divisible by 100, without being divisible by 400, has 366 days, and every other year has 365 days.
Page 36 - ... Blockade of Boston; in the midst of which a person appeared before the audience, and with great earnestness, declared that the Yankees were attacking Bunker's Hill. The deluded wretches, at first, took this to be merely farcical, and intended as a part of their diversion.
Page 31 - then and there was Independence born." — The terms Whiff and Tory begin to be used. 1765. Captain Semmes, of the South watch, reported that " Negro Dick came to the watchhouse, and reported rowdies under his window. Watchmen were sent, and met a gang of rowdies, one of which drew a sword. The watch cried murder and fled to the watchhouse, and the rowdies escaped.
Page 335 - THE OLD ELM This tree has been standing here for an unknown period. It is believed to have existed before the settlement of Boston, being full grown in 1722, exhibited marks of old age in 1792, and was nearly destroyed by a storm, in 1832. Protected by an iron enclosure in 1854. JVC Smith, Mayor.
Page 342 - ... endeavor to merit the good will of all good citizens. You know not how soon you may need their aid, and their favor will add much to your power and influence to do good. But in the pursuance of your duties, as much as possible avoid laying yourself under special obligation to any one; let your services rather place others under an obligation to you. You know not how soon your duties may peremptorily demand that you act in opposition to some individual interest. Lend a willing ear to all complaints...
Page 294 - ... and two stories high, the wings fronting the south and west. There was one door in the end of each wing on the first story, and a single circular window in the second story over the doors ; there were also two circular windows in each story of each wing in front, but neither door nor window in either wing in the rear. The foundation walls were four feet thick or more ; the walls above ground were two feet in thickness, and built entirely of small quarried stones, unlike anything to be seen in...
Page 42 - Several burglaries having been committed, it was said, " It is high time the watchmen were overhauled ; they have been asleep since New Year's. The Captains are generally men in their prime, aged from ninety to one hundred years, and the crew only average about fourscore, and so we have the advantage of their age and experience, at least the robbers do
Page 342 - ... of the department to which you belong, and your own success as an officer and a man. At the commencement, do not forget that in this business your character is your capital. Deal honorably with all persons, and hold your word sacred, no matter when, where, or to whom given. If you are entrusted with the care of a beat, do not play the loafer on it by lounging in doorways or on corners, or leaning against lamp-posts, but patrol your district continually ; make it your business to know what is...

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