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Nov 25, 1863 - Letter to Editor complaining about behavior of boys in Hagerstown

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[For the Herald and Torch.]

Messrs. Editors: —

Article 21 of the Public Local Law of the State of Maryland, gives to the Mayor and Council ample power to preserve peace and order in the streets of Hagerstown, by day and night. And this duty is incumbent upon them, became of the law creating their office. Why is it, then, that the boys in attendance upon our various Public schools are allowed to run riot in our midst, armed with swords and clubs and stones; to wage a juvenile warfare, day after day, in the most public thoroughfares, much to the annoyance of good citizens and endangering their own lives and limbs? And why are our streets crowded at night with boys, from 6 to 18 years of age, making “night hideous with their yells,” rendering it unpleasant to a greater part of the citizens, to walk abroad not only because of the crowded state of the pavements, but also through oaths and obscenity to which they are compelled to listen, as they pass through the streets? Is the Mayoralty a mere sinecure, or was it ordained for the good or the people? Some means certainly should be used because such means are within the reach of the proper authorities to put an end to the riotous condition of affairs in our midst.—

Last week a fight occurred in the Public Square and but for the interference of the Provost Guard no official notice would have been taken of it.— Shall these things continue? Or are we to be left entirely to the services of the Provost Guard?—

If so let us petition the legislature to abolish the law authorizing a Mayor and council—and relapse into our former condition of doubt and danger without that law which is practically a mere form.



Herald of Freedom & Torch Light


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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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