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Full text of "Annual report of the Board of Police for the City of Boston"

BOSTON 

PUBLIC 

LIBRARY 







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HOUSE. 



No. 19. 



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FIRST ANNUAL REPORT 



BOARD OF POLICE 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 



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BOSTON : 

WRIGHT & POTTER PRIXTING CO., STATE PRINTERS, 
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REPORT, 



Boston, Dec 1, 1SS5. 
' To HU Excellency Geobge D. Robinson. Governor. 

YocR ExcELLENCT : Thc Board of Police for the city of 
^ Boston, in complinnce with thc provisions of chap. 323 of 

\\\ the Acts of 1885, has the honor to submit the following re- 

port of the work of the Police Department from July 23 to 
Nov. 30, 1885. 

The members of the Board were qualified on the 23d of 
July, and at once entered upon the discharge of their duties. 
Messrs. Thomas L. Jenks and Michael P. Curran, of the 
former Board of Police Commissioners, offered every assist- 
ance in their power ; and the Board desires to ncknowledge 
its appreciation of the kindness and courtesy shown by those 
gentlemen. 

Mr. Franklin C. Irving, who had for several years filled 
the office of clerk to the Board of Police Commissioners 
in a most acceptable manner, was chosen clerk to the new 
Board. 

The whole numl)er of officers in the service when the 
Board of Police took control was 783, and there were eiffht 
vacancies; viz., one captaincy, one lieutenantcy and six 
patrolmen. The Board found on file an application from 
Capt. Samael O. Adams, superinteodent of police, who ^ ■ 
had been unfit for dnty for some time, to b6 reduced to thevl'^; 
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i-ank of captain, and then retired on a pension, the law not 
permitting the pensioning of an officer of a superior rank. 
The request of Capt. Adams was granted ; and Capt. Cyrus 
Small, who had served as deputy superintendent since the 
reorganization of the department in 1878, and who had acted 
as superintendent during the illness of Capt. Adams, was 
promoted to fill the vacanc}'. 

The manner in which the business of the Inspectors' De- 
partment was conducted was veiy unsatisfactory, and after 
matore deliberation the Board decided that the good of tho 
service demanded a change. The resignation of Chief In- 
spector AVilliam A. Ham was therefore requested, and upon 
his refusal to resign he was removed from office and dis- 
charged from the department. The right of the Bqard to 
make this removal has been questioned, and the subject is 
now pending in the courts. The vacancj' was filled by the 
appointment of Inspector O. M. Ilauscom ; and D. A. Moun- 
tain, who had served as assistant inspector, was promoted * 
to be inspector. Inasmuch as peculiar qualifications arc re- 
quired in this branch of police service, the Board availed 
itself of the privilege given by the civil service rules, aad 
selected the above named persons for examinations. The 
other vacancies ■were filled by competitive examinations 
under the civil service rules, and the Board of Police are 
gratified in being able to sa}' that the application of those 
rules to the police sei-vice has been attended with the most 
satisfactory results. On the 31st of October an order was 
issued, establishing the force substantially as it had. pre- 
viously been organized by ordinance of the city council. . 7^ 

The following promotions have been made sine© Jul/ 
23:— ;' ^.'r ' 

Snperfntendent, .' l^:''''f^. 

Deputy Superintendent, 

Chief Inspector, 

Captains. 

Inspector, 

Lieutenants 

Sergeants, 

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Total, 



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As at present organized, the force consists of 790 officers 
and members, divided as follows : — 

At PoUre nculquarUrs. 
1 Superintendent of PoGce, 
1 Doputy Superintendeat of Police. 
1 Chii'f Inspector. 
10 Inspcttors. 

1 Inspector of Intellijeare Oflices. 
1 Inspector of Hackney Carri-ige Licenses. 
1 Insi)ector of Wagon Lictnse*. 
1 Inspector of PawnbrctteM, 

1 Inspector of Clainis. 

2 Lieutenants on special dntj. 

1 Clerk to the Superinten(l<-nt (sergeant). 

1 Propertj- Clerk (."serjeantj, 

1 Meilical Examiner's .\3i«ij<tant (sergeant). 

2 .Messengers (1 ("erjeant, 1 patrolman). 
2 Sergeants on ni;;bt datj, 

1 Assistant Inspector of Carriage and W.agon Licenses 
1 Assistant Inspector rf Pawnbrokers. 

6 Patrolman to assist iasp^ct/irs. 

7 Patrolmen on spedil <lul)', 

1 Sergeant on Street Biilw.-ij Service. 



2 Lieutenants. 

5 House Watchmen. 



AlOif. CU'j Bull. 



At Out CU'j Prison. 

1 Keeper. 

2 Assistant Keepers. 
1 Steward. 

1 Matron-. 

At Sch'-jci Committee Rooms. 
1 House Watchman. 

At FulUc J^rnrtj. 

1 IIouso Watchman. 

M ProfyiU Office. 

2 House Watchmen. 

At Lijwrr Storehouse 
1 House Watchman. 



In Early/r Service. 



1 Engineer. 
3 Firemen. 



POLICE COilMISSIONERS' REPORT. [Jan. 



At Police Divisions. 



^0. odHrMon. 


Caplnlns. 


Lleateoand. 


Scrgeanta. 


ratrolmtn. 


Total, 


1 




2 


3 


53 


50 


2 




2 


3 


63 


C9 


3 




2 


3 


50 


66 


4 




2 


3 


72 


78 


5 




2 


3 


59 


65 


6 




2 


3 


50 


56 


7 




2 


3 


33 


39 


8 




2 


3 


23 


30 


9 




2 


3 


33 


44 


10 




2 


3 


42 


48 


n 




«> 


3 


26 


32 


12 




2 


3 


35 


41 


13 




2 


3 


29 


35 


14 




2 


3 


17 


23 


15 




2 


3 


37 


43 



Add nuniber on duty at the Superintendent's Office and 
elsewhere, 

Total 

And tlxrre are eight vacancies, 



718 

64 

782 
8 

790 



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Special police officers appointed, . 
Department police officers appointed, 



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Police Work. 

Tlie following statements show the work perfoimed by the 
Police Dcpartnient from July 23 to Nov. 30, 1885 : — 

Akkests. 

Arrests on warrant? 2,299 

Arrests wjilioiit warranls, 8,763 

Held for trial 9,911 

Distbnrg't'd on examination, 1,151 

Malea, 9,006 

Female? 2,056 

Forei^rner* 5,075 

Non-re*identfi 3,087 

Minors 1,579 



Xatl'ue or CUMK. 



Valci. Femalci. ToUL 



Abandoning a child 

Adulterr 

Aiding a prL«or>er to escape. 
Aiding seamen to desert. 

Assault, simple, 

Assault, felonioois . . . , 

Assault, indecent, 

Assault on an officer, . . . . 
Assuming to be an oflleer, . 
Assuming to be a private detective, . 

Arson 

Attempt to btmi a building. 
Attempt to breaV and enter a buildinw. 
Attempt to commit larceny, . 
Attempt to pick a potkct, . 
Attempt to rescoe n prisoner. 
Attempt to rob, 



10 

1 
814 
89 
4 
9 
1 
1 
4 

8 
16 

4 
5 



157 



12 

1 
971 

97 
4 

10 
1 
1 
4 

8 
16 

4 
5 



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REPORT. 


[Jnn, 


NiTTBi or CBmi!. 


Male*. .Females 


Total. 


Attempt to rape, 


2 


- 


2 


Attempt to sell mortgaged proptTty, , 


4 


- 


4 


t Aitcmpt to extort moDcy, 


- 


- 


- 


1 Attempt to murder, 


- 


1 


1 


Accessory to burglar}' 


1 


- 


1 


Bail bond 


- 


- 


- 


Bastardy, 


3 


- 


3 


j . Being present at un]a^\•ful game, 


14 


- 


14 


1 Breaking and entering a building, 


1.3 


- 


13 


! Breaking a street lamp, 


- 


- 


- 


1 Burglary, 


3 


- 


3 


, Brealiing into a railroad car, .... 


7 


- 


7 


Canying concealed vreapons, .... 


3 


- 


3 


Cheating by false pretences, .... 


- 


- 


- 


Common beggars, 


- 


1 


1 


' Common brawlers, 


- 


9 


9 


Common drunkards, ^ . 


52 


17 


69 


Concealing le.tsed property. 


4 


1 


.5 


, Concealing mortgaged property, 


5 


- 


5 


Contempt of court, . . . . . 


- 


1 


1 


Cruelty to animals, 


19 


- 


19 


Conveying liquor to a prisoner, .... 


- 


- 


- 


Criminal libel, 


2 


- 


2 


Conveying leased property unlawfully. 


1 


- 


1 


Conspiring to defraud 


7 


- 


7 


Conspiring to kill and murder, .... 
. > 


- 


1 


I 


Capias, 


1 


- 


1 



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!C&rrBJi <ir Cukk. 


Males. 


Kcmiles. 


ToUL 


Dcframlin^r'iii iiinhclder. 




1 


- 


I 


Di'lhiiuliiij: 11 lifi:in!iiig-liouse keeper, . 




3 


- 


3 


Uelimlt waiTiiiil. . 






17 


6 


23 


Deserters, 






6 


- 


C 


Disorderly i)iT»i<>ns. 






140 


49 


1S9 


DisturbiHg the peace. . 




49 


17 


66 


l)isfurbin<j II Rchool. 






- 


" 


- 


Drunkenness, 






4,995 


1.072 


6,067 


Disturbing u juiMIc row-tinj; 




4 


- 


4 


Kmbezzlenionl, 




. , 40 


- 


40 


KscaiHMl convicts, . 




. ' 1 


- 


1 


Ev.-uling piijment ofiare. 




14 


^ 


15 


Fast tiriviiig, . 




16 


- 


16 


Forgery. 






20 




20 


Frauil 






14 


3 


17 


Fornieation, . 


. . 18 


21 


39 


Fugitive Ironi justior, . 


. . 3 


- 


S 


Gambling, .... 


20 


- 


20 


Gambling on the LooxTs Day, 


18 


- 


IS 


Having posscsHion erf burglars' tools, ... 1 


- 


1 


House breaking 40 


- 


40 


Idle and disonleriy perrons. 


.".6 


98 


!34 


Indecent expoBurecrf jjerson 


10 


- 


10 


Insanity, 


73 


2.-) 


98 


Keeping an opium report 1 


•» 1 


1 


4 


Keeping a ganiljlinj boose, . . . i 1 ; 


- 


1 


Keeping a dunce-hall anl.in-rnllv, . . . 3 i 


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NATrEE or Caixii. 


H>1«>. 


Females 


Tnril. 


Keeping a pool-room, 


- 


- 


- 


Keeping a house of ill-fame, .... 


19 


68 


87 


Keeping a liquor nuisance, 


- 


1 


I 1 


Keeping a noisy and disorderly house, 


3 


7 


10 


Keeping a lottery, 


1 


- 


1 


Kidnapping, 


- 


1 


1 


Larceny, simple, 


529 


98 


627 


Larceny, felonious, 


114 


16 


130 


Lewd and lascivious persons, .... 


■ 3 


2 


5 


ilalicious mischief, 


103 


18 


121 


Malicious trespass, 


20 


2 


22 


Manslaughter, 


5 


1 


6 


Murder, 


7 


3 


10 


Maintaining a lottery, 


- 


- 




Mutiny, 


3 


- 


3 


Making a bonfire in a public street. 


1 


- 


1 


Mayhem, . 


1 


- 


1 


Neglected children 


3 


- 


3 


Night-walking 


- 


136 


136 


OI)talning money by fraud 


3 


_ 


3 


Obtaining property by fraud, .... 


11 


- 


11 


Obstructing an officer, 


2 


- 


2 


Obstructing a horse-raiIw.\v car, .... 


1 


- 


1 


Perjury 


1 


_ 


1 


Passing counterfeit money, 


1 




1 


I'eddling without a license. 


2 


_ j 


2 


Keking pockets, 


. 4 




4 



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Main. 



Kemales, ToUL 



Proratiity in a public place, 

Publixliiiig; obscene priot. 

Receiving stolen goock, 

R<)bber_>\ 

Ranaways, 

Rape 

Refu.«iii<; to sup|K>rt wire or childreD, 

Rescuing a prisoner. 

RefiL-iitig to aid an officer, 

Resurtinjj to smoke opium, . 

So<]om3', 

.*>elling leased propertj. 
Selling mortgaged property, 
Selling lottery ticket?, . 
Selling pool tickets. 
Smoking opiom iioUrfnlly, 
Surrendered by prototion officer. 
Stealing a ride, .... 

Shop breaking 

Stnbborn children. 

Suspicion of breaking and entering a shop, 

Si^picion of breaking and entering a dwelling. 

Stt?picion of larceny 

So^icion of murder, .... 

Suspicion of robbery 

Suspicion of passing a worthless check. 
Suspicious persons, « . . 



8 

1 

364 



62 


27 


1 89 


1 


- 


1 


9 


1 


1 10 


35 


- 


SO 


•-•6 


13 


39 


1 


- 


1 


It 


- 


44 


4 


- 


4 


- 


- 


- 


21 


^ 


24 


1 


: 


I 


o 


- 


2 


2 


- 


2 


1 


i 


1 


10 


- 


10 


9 


3 


12 


1 




1 


15 


- 


15 


76 


- 


76 


20 


19 


39 


3 


- 


3 


1 

1 


- 


I 


63 1 


7 


70 



50 



8 

1 

4U 



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Kati'kk or C'uiiK. 



{suspicion ol' arson. 
Threatening bodily harm, . 
Tniancy, .... 
Unlawfully using a team, 
V.igrancj-, .... 
Violation of the City Ordin.nnces, 
Violation of the dog law. 
Violation of the liquor law, . 
Violation of the Sunday law, 
Violation of the railroad law, 
Violation ol the screen law, . 
Violation of the Harbor Regulations, 
Violation of the registration law, 
Violation of the game law, . 
Witnesses detained at station bouses, 
Total, 



Males. 'Females.' Toul. 







2 


- 


-J 






IS 


■) 


•20 






31 


2 


33 






o 


- 


3 






77 


19 


96 






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257 






■> 


- 


2 






197 


i> 


239 






' 11 


o 


U 






8 


1 


9 






16 


- 


16 






1 


- 


1 






1 


- 


1 






1 


- 


1 






U3 


17 


130 




9,006 


2,056 


11,U62: 





Xalivily of Prisonerfi. 




United .States, 


. 5.405 


Wales 


3 


Briti.sh Provinces, 


. 724 


Belgium, 


1 


Ireland, 


. 3,910 


Russia, .... 


12 


England, 


. 514 


Indies, Kast and West, 


3 


France, . 


45 


Afric;i 


2 


Germany, 


. 142 


So, America, 


1 


Italy, . . 


40. 


Poland 


7 


Portugal, 


. 20 


Holland, 


■ 2 


Sweden, 


. 30 


China, . . 


. 27 


Scotland, 


. 165 


M!«lta, .... 


1 


.Spain, . 


2 


Mexico, 


I 


Norway, 
Switzerland, 


3 
1 


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Total, . 


11.062 


Denmark, 


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Horses. 

On the 23d day of July there were in the service of the 
department tweutj'-four horses, three of them being in use 
in tlie ambuhxnce servic-e. It was found that four of these 
were unsuited for the service required of them, and they were 
disposed of. 

Two new ones wore purchased, and it has l>een ascertained 
that tlie service of tlie other two can be dispensed with with- 
out detriment to the service. At the present time there are 
twenty-two horses in use in tlie department as follows : — 



Division. 


.Mounted. 


Ambuiancc. 


DriTtnc. 


Total. 




1 


- 


1 




' 




3 


1 


- 


- 


I 




4 


1 


1 


- 


2 




6 


1 


i 


- 


1 




7 


1 


i 1 


- 


2 




10 


1 


1 


- 


' I 




n 


.S 


1 


I 


4 




12 


1 


- 


- 


I 




13 


3 


- 


1 


4 




14 


3 


- 


1 


4 




Snpt.'s Office, 


- 


- 


1 


1 




- 


15 


3 


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MlSCOJ-ANEOUS BrSIXESS. 

Accidents reported, 495 

Buildings found open and ma/!e .«ecnre, 710 

Cx«es investigated, 3,100 

Dangerous buildings report«l, 5 

Dangerous chimneys reported, . 5 

Dead bodies found, 45 

Dt>foctive cesspools reported. 81 



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Defecrive drains reported, . . 75 

Defective fire alarms reported 1 

Defective gas pipes reported, 4 

Defective hjdrants reported, 47 

Defective lamps reported, 715 

Defective sewers reported, 1 

Defective streets and sidewalks reported, 4,995 

Defective water pipes reported, ....... 23 

Disturbances suppressed, 1,425 

Estra duties performed by officers, 7,108 

Fire alarms given, 123 

Fires extinguished without alarm, '. 151 

Intoxicated persons assisted home, 195 

Lost and abandoned children cared for, 614 

Rescued from drowning, '. . 12 

Sick and injured persons conveyed by ambulance, . . . 231 

Stray teams put up, . . . . ' 110 

Street obstructions removed, 19,850 

Water reported running to waste, . 55 

Value of property taken from prisoners and lodgers, and 

restored to them, Jl",509.06 

Value of property reported stolen in the city, . . . 29,997.00 
Value ofpropertj- recovered, stolen in and out of city, . 39,036 80 

Total amount of fines imposed b}- courts 32,612.10 

Total jears of imprisonment imposed by same, . . 589 years, 5 mos. 
Total days attendance in courts by officers as witnesses, . 8,834 

Total amount of witness fees earned b}- them, . . . f 8,764 32 

Gambling Houses. 

Number of raids made 101 

Xumber of persons arrested, 30 

Value ot property seized, $4,976.70 

Hackney-Carriage Licenses. 

Number of licenses granted, 60 

Number of licenses transferred, 12 

Number of licenses cancelled, 17 

Number of complaints investigated, . . . • . . . 170 
Total amount of fees collected, J60.00 

Wagon Licenses. 

Namber of licenses granted, 123 

Number of licenses transferred, 3 

Number of licenses cancelled, . ... . . . 21 

Number of complaints investigated, 60 

Total amount of fees collected, f 123.00 



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Pawnbrokers', Second-hand Dealert' and .Hucfwieers' Licenses. 

Pawnbrokers' licenses issnttl, 4 

Second-hand articles license?. 7 

Sccond-hiind junk licenses 13 

Second-hand clothing licenses, 1 

Auctioneers' licenses, ......... 9 

Total »4 

Xuniber of complaints inrestigatetl, 213 

Total amount of fees, ?1C4.00 

.\nJ0UDt of stolen property recovered, f?,47O.0O 

TrUelligetice-Oficf, Billiard and noirling l.ieenses. 

Intelligencc-oflicc licenses CTantetl 12 

Inti'iligencc-office licenses transferred .4 

I ntelligence-oflice licenses cancelled, 4 

Milliard, pool and sippio-lable. and bowling-allevlictnises granted, 10 

To:al number of licenses of these classes i^sM^■d 2i 

Tol:d amount of fees collectetl $218.00 

Xiiinl)er of applications for tish-peddlers" |>crniit#and grease-col- 
lectors' |)emiits reported oa by Police and rcforreU to the Board 

c.f Health 112 

Regil.%tio.v of Stkkkt C.\ks. 

The officers detailed for supervising street oars have per- 
formed tlieir duty with ability and discivtiou, and as well :is 
their limited powers will admit. It should be understood, 
however, that the Police Department is in no wise responsi- 
ble for the inconvenience to which the public is daily sub- 
jected by re:Lson of the numerous blockades of some of the 
most important thoroughfares of the city. The real cause 
of the trouble is the license given to the several street rail- 
w.ty coriiorations to nm a greater number of cars than the 
streets will accommodate. This is soniclhing over which the 
department has no control ; and as long as it is permitted, 
the jHjlice should not be blamed for the annoyance arising 
from it. 

Streei-Bailicai/ /.iccnscs. 
Xuml>er of street-railwar licenses granted (coDductors and 

drivers), 631 

Number of street-railwaj licenses cancelJcnl, .... 532 

Number of street-railway licenses renoweil, ...... 3 

Total amount of fees S157.7o 

Private detective licenses grant«il, 1 

.\mount of fees, $10.00 



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Hakbor Service. 

An ordinance passed in 1878 provided that " the duties 
/i . of captain of the Harbor Police in the docks and harbor shall 

' i hereafter be performed by the harbor master ; and the har- 

bor master, in the performance of his duties, shall have con- 
' trol of the police steamboat and the officers and crew thereof." 

A police division was established, covering all the waters of 
the inner harbor and docks, and all the waters of the outer 
harlx)r and the islands within the same, included within the 
criminal jurisdiction of the county of Suffolk ; and the mayor 
has continued to appoint the captain of that division harbor 
master, and a number of the officers of the division assistant 
harbor masters. An ordinance passed the present 3'ear 
separates the duties of harbor master and captain of police, 
but leaves it optional with the mayor to select the same per- 
son to fill both offices. The harbor master, therefore, serves 
in two capacities, in one of which he is responsible to the 
Board of Police and is controlled by the rules of the depart- 
ment ; while in the other he is responsible to the mayor and 
aldermen and is controlled by such ordinances, etc., as the 
city council may ordain. 

In the interest of economy, and for the convenience of the 
public, it is desirable that the Police Department should have 
charge of the harbor service ; but the Board of Police is of 
the opinion that a police officer should be responsible for all 
his official acts to the police authorities, and that if one is to 
J serve as harbor master he should be appointed to that posi- 

' tion by the Board of Police. The ordinary police duty per- 

formed by this division is included in the report of work 
performed by the force. The special duty performed by the 
harbor master is reported asf oUows : — 

Value of property, consisting of float-stages, boats, rigging, etc., 

1 recovered fl,703.58 

{• Number of vessels boarded, from foreign parts, .... 336 

i Number of vessels -ordered from the channel to the proper anchor- 

j • age, . 704 

I Alarms of fire attended on water-front, 28 

t Fires extinguished on board vessels (no alarm) 3 

j Boats challenged, o95 



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17 



Sick and iiijurcrl inTcons assisted, 
Cx'H'S iiivcsli^^alcil, . 
I»fnil bodies i(.'i-ovi-r<.'<l, 
Ri-sciird from drou-iiinj;:, . 
Vt-isols ordered t« f<-»ck-l)ill yards, 
Vessels reported to cllv physician. 



2-1 

371 

13 

11 

20 
19 



Nuuil)t'r of arrivals from foreign port* during year : — 

Stfamers 177 

Ships, 7 

Barks 50 

I?ri-s 48 

S<hooii(rs, 54 

Number of arrivaU from domestic ports, vessel* of all kinds, . 3,887 

From the Mritish I'roviijce- 706 

Total forcij;n and domestic ports, ...... 4,929 



Inspectoks. 
Tlie work of this branch of the department i« as follows : — 

Xnruber of |)crson.« arrested, principall}" for felonief, . . 153 

Fiio^tivcs from jn«l)ce from other States arrested and delivered to 

officers from thoM- States, 3 

Criminals from other States arrested on GovenuH't requisi- 
tion, 1 

Ximiber of cases investiirated, ........ 644 

Xamber of days <«j)ent in court by officers 478 

Amount of fees earuwl by officers, 8481.74 

Amount of stolen property recovered, 16,717.93 

Amount of lines imposed by the court, 477.22 

Number of years of imprisonment imposed by court, 45 years, 5 raos. 



Pensions. 

The l?o:iid of Police has retired fifteen officers upon a 
I>ension, and five j)cnsioners have died, leaving seventy-nine 
upon the roll. The payments now aggregate $29,318.34 per 
annum. The amount received for license* of which the 
|)olice have supervision (not including liquor licenses) is 
about $24,000 per annum, and the Board recommends that 
this amount l)e applied to the creation of a fund for the pay- 
ment of pension)*. 



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POLICE COMMISSIONERS' REPORT. [Jan. 



The lollowing is a list of the pensioned officers : 



Name. 


I'Mitlon. 


Age. 


YMr» of 

Service. 


Amount of 
rensioD. 


Date of 
Ketirement. 


Aduu$, Samuel G., 


Scrgt. Capt. Supt. 


GO 


25 


?486 67 


Sept 3, 1885. 


.\(Unis, James, . 


Pat. Lieut. Scrgt. 


01 


36 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


.\dams, Thomas S., 


Patrolman. 


62 


23 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Adams, Thomas H., . 


•• 


57 


23 


365 00 


-tpril 18, 18*4. 


Bean, Kussell T., 


" 


50 


13 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Benner, Lewis W., 


•' 


54 


15 


365 00 


April 7, 1883. 


Blackirell, Francis H., 


" 


60 


22 


365 00 


Oct. 31, 1885. 


Bracken, Joseph,. 


•• 


50 


16 


365 00 


Dec. In, 1881. 


Brennan, Dennis C, . 


■• 


53 


17 


365 00 


Mar. 17, 1879. 


Butler, John, 


•• 


59 


15 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Capen, Moses L., 


•• 


70 


30 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Carroll, James E., 


•• 


42 


12 


365 00 


Oct. 31, 1886. 


Chadboam, William, . 


Pnt. Licui. Capt. 


59 


24 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Chapman, Lory D., 


Patrolman. 


47 


10 


365 00 


Mar. 13, 1885. 


Clark, Charles, . 


tt 


52 


11 


365 00 


Dec. 3, 1885. 


Cobb, Hiram, 


" 


59 


22 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Cook, John L., . 


Pat. Scrgt Lieut. 


64 


37 


365 00 


Oct. 18,1878. 


Crocker, David P., 


Patrolman. 


65 


24 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Carrier, Jacob H., 


" 


65 


21 


365 00 


May 19,1882. 


Dohertv, Hugh, . 


" 


55 


16 


365 00 


Jan. 21, 188.5. 


Drake, Amos G., . 


. |- 


66 


17 


365 00 


Dec. 13, 1881. 


Drew, Alfred R., . 


. ■ . - - ■• 
Pat. Sergt. Lieut. 


59 


20 


425 00 


April 20, 1883. 


DoUn, Charles, . 


Patrolman. 


60 


24 


365 00 


Oct. 31, 1885. 


Dunbar, Abraham M., 


" 


43 


13 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Farrell, John C, . 


•• 


41 


11 


365 00 


Dec. 8, 1882. 


Famam, George H., . 


" 


ro 


16 


365 00 


Aug. 25, 1885. 


Fitzgerald, William, . 


" 


60 


16 


365 00 


Oct. 18,1878. 


Fish, Stephen N., 


" 


62 


26 


365 00 


Oct. 21,1885. 


Folsom, Hawley, 


Pat. Scrgt. Lieut. 
Capt. 


60 


30 


486 67 


April 29, 1882. 


Foster, James C, 


Patrolman. 


67 


29 


365 00 


Oct. 31, 1885. 


Freeman, Ephraim W., 


" 


56 


20 


365 00 


Aug. 25, 1885. 


Ford, Lafayette, . 


.. 


69 


25 


366 00 


Oct. 31, 1885. 



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Nun*. 


I'uilllon. 


Age. 


Yraricf 
Serrlce. 


Amosntor Dale of 
rcniion. Ketlremeot. 


GoN e, Joiuthaa S-, 


Putrolmun. 


57 


20 


^Se.'i 00 Oct. 18, 1878. 


Graves, Edw«i\l Y., . 


Pat. ScrK-t. Lieut. 


.Vi 


24 


4a 00 Nut. 28, 1883. 


Griggs, Robert D^ 


Patrolman. 


M 


■->r. 


WA 00 


Dec. 9, 18S2. 


Harris, AaguHiae M., 


" 


.•■0 


16 


36.5 00 


Nov. 8, 1883. 


Hicks, WiUiam FU. . 


" 


a; 


22 


365 00 


-Mar. 17, 1879. 


Hill, WiHi«m B., . 


l< 


.'.7 


9 


365 00 


Oct. 18,1870. 


Hollis, Edwin A^ 


M 


44 


1!) 


365 00 


Jan. 2, 1885. 


Howard, Silmoo, 


II 


.'.2 


21 


365 00 : April 8, 1884. 


Hunkins, Joha H^ 


" 


66 


28 


365 00 i Oct. 18, 1878. 


Halbrook, Ant&ony, . 


" 


no 


28 


365 00 


Oct. 30, 1885. 


Hnrler, John, 


4t 


77 


22 


36-1 00 


Oct. 18,1878. 


Hntchins, CalTtn, 


" 


62 


33 


365 00 


Oct. 18,1878. 


Hntcbins, Lorio^ O., . 


II 


64 


If. 


36.-. 00 


Nov. 28, 1883. 


Kelly, Jame5, 


'■ 


.V> 


17 


355 00 


Aug. 25, 1885. 


Kendall, WillBim. 


•' 


60 


26 


365 00 


Nov. 5,1882. 


Lewis, Stepben L^ 


Pat. Sergt. 


50 


19 


365 00 


Oct 18, 1878. 


Leigbton. Leosard, 


Patrolman. 


63 


24 


3&-. 00 


May 8, 1882. 


LnntrLother, 


•■ 


69 


24 


.if. 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Maynard, George S., . 


Pat. Sergt. 


64 


23 


365 00 


.Mar. 3,1883. 


McDonald, Alexander, 


Captain. 


65 


■2:, 


480 67 1 June 23, 1885. 


Macdonald. AW B., . 


Patrolman. 


47 


20 


3a-. 00 1 Oct. 31. 1879. 

j 


McGee, James. . 


" 


47 


20 


3a5 00 ' Oct. 31, 1885. 


McN'amar^ Micliael, . 


•' 


52 


17 


365 00 Oct. 29. 1881. 


McCormick, Jctme*. . 


(1 


44 


16 


365 00 Dec. 8, 1885. 


Monlton, Jam» F., . 


II 


:ri 


17 


365 00 Oct. 31, 1879. 


Nutting, Frederick C, 


'• 


CO 


l.'. 


365 00 Jone 23, 1.SS.J. 


Ostrander, Att>ert, 


*t 


69 


25 


305 00 Oct. 18, 1S7S. 


Palmer, Stunmri. . 


»f 


70 


18 


365 no .Mar. 17, 1879. 


Perkins, Henzr H., . 


Pat. Sergt 


49 


17 


305 00 Oct. 29, ISSl. 


Perry, John W^ . 


■ PntroUnan. 


61 


22 


36'. 00 April 13, 1882. 


Porter, Alfred lU. 


I'at. Lieut. 


70 


29 


425 00 Feb. 10. 1884. 


Regan, John B.. . 


I'alrulman. 


■>7 


16 


305 00 


April 13, 18S2. 


Ross, Samuel R, 


" 


.-« 


28 


365 00 


Oct. 31, 1885. 


Robinson, GSnuui D., 


" 


M 


19 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 



20 POLICE COMMISSIONERS' REPORT. [Jan. 



Name. 


roslUon. 


Age. 


Years of 

.Scr^•lce. 


Amount of 
Tension. 


Date of 
Ketiremeiit. 


Sarage, Jobn L., . 


Patrolman. 


49 


17 


^365 00 


Oct. 31, 1879. 


Scon, Jesse D., . 


,, 


fil 


17 


365 00 


Sept. 20, 1881. 


Stickney, William W., 




58 


Z3 


365 00 


Oct. 31, 1879. 


Swne, Charles, . 




70 


19 


.365 GO 


Sept. 20, 1881. 


Thompson, Isaiah B., . 




69 


29 


36-5 00 


Oct. IS, 1S7S. 


Vose, Thomas C, 




63 


1.5 


36-5 00 


Oct. 29, 1881. 


Wasgatt, Enos, . 




64 


31 


365 00 


Oct. 31, 18S.5. 


Walker, Charles A., . 




51 


21 


365 00 


Sept. 30, 1881. 


Wedger, John B., 




r)7 


17 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Weeks, Charles C, . 




33 


s 


365 00 


Oct. 18, 1878. 


Wells, John E., . 


" 


,53 


30 


365 00 


Dec 29, 188.3. 


White, Christopher, . 




50 


12 


365 00 


June 8, 188-5. 


Winship, Oliver L., 


Pat. Sergt. Lieut. 


*1 


24 


4-2o 00 


Sept. 21, 1883. 



Probation Woek. 

The original act providing for the appointment of a nro- 
Ixition officer (chap. 198, of 1878) authorized the mayor to 
appoint such an officer " either from the police force or the 
citizens at large," and a member of the force was appointed. 
In the Public Statutes, however, the words above quoted 
were omitted, and the probation officer was made an officer 
of the county, appointed by the mayor and aldermen, and 
paid a salary fi.xcd by the city council. His only connection 
with the Police Department is that he acts under the general 
direction of the superintendent. The Board of Police, there- 
fore, in establishing the department, dropped the probation 
officer from the list; and he is not now included among the 
members of the department. An account of his work is not 
strictly within the line of police business ; but as a matter of 
public information, and following a custom which has pre- 
vailed since 1878, the report of Capt. E. H. Savage, who 
has ably and acceptably filled the office since that year, is 
here given : — 



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Number of persons romnining in care July 23, 
Number placed on probation, .... 



■4 



Total, 



Number of cases disposed of, 

Number remaining iu care, 

Number done well and discharged bj court, . 
Number sent lo country homes, .... 
Number sent to charity homes, .... 

Number sent to soa, 

Died before the term of probaiion expired. 
Number proved incorrigible and surrendered. 
Number who ran away to escape sarrender, . 
Number of times in attendance at the Saperior Court, 
Number of times in attendance at tbe Central Municipal Court, 
Number .of times in attendance at th^ outer District Courts, 
Number of visits made to the City Prison, 
Number of visits to the homes of persons in care, . 
Number of visits ut ofllco by persons in care, . 

Amount of l)ail furnislied, 

Expenses in sending persons to their homes, . 



?25 



283 
405 

688 

432 

269 

209 

95 

79 

17 

1 

27 

4 

r,i 

143 
19 
159 
302 
398 
,034 
1,650 



The expciiditm-cs of the department, exclusive of liqitor 

licenses, for tho four months ending Nov. 30, 1885. were as 
follows : — 

For the pay of tho officers, $284,861 65 

Fuel and gas for stations. City Prison and supt's office, . 3,814 90 
Furniture and bedding for stations usl City Prison, . . 405 76 
Hadges, buttons, fnsignia, clubs, belts, etc., .... 1,0:'3 14 
J'rinting, stationery, postage and telegrams, .... 2,137 85 
Care and cleaning of station-houses aad City Prison, . . 2,090 89 
Repairs of station-houses and City Prfeon, .... 307 27 
Kepairs and supplies for police steajuers, .... 1,168 48 
Care and repairs of telegraph lines, and rent of telephone in- 
struments, • . . . . 639 70 

Care and keeping 24 police horses, eqaipments, etc., . . 2,836 37 

Care of flags, flagstalTs, ropes, stakes, etc., J , . . 470 18 

Carting prisoners to and I rom statioo houses, . . . 2,180 23 

Food for prisoners, 429 39 

.Medical attendance on sick and injared prisoners and other 

persons, 844 65 

Horse and carriage hiro, 188 50 

Pursuit and detection of criminals, 1,775 57 

Cloth for uuifornis, 4,752 1 1 

Pensions of retired police officers, 9.253 91 



/ 



Total, 



§319,793 31 



22 POLICE COMMISSIONERS' REPORT. [Jan. 

By the month, the exiMinditurcs were as follows : — 



August, . 
September, 
October, . 
Kovember, 

Total, 



$78,994 69 
79,137 54 
80,471 15 
81,194 93 

?319,798 31 



There has been earned and collected by the department, 
during the four months ending Nov. 30, 1885, the sura of 
$7,435.83, which has been paid over to the city collector, 
his receipts for the same placed on file, and the amount 
credited as follows : — 

Police Department. 
For all licenses issued by the police, except for the sale of 

liquor, . $2,279 00 

Sale of unclaimed property, etc., 212 45 

Extra service of police ofEcers, 3,593 38 

Dog licenses issued, this item is credited to the school in- 
structors, 1,351 00 

Total, $7,435 83 



Sale of Ixtoxicating Liquors. 

The licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquors are granted 
to take effect on the first day of May in each year. 

On the 23d of July the following licenses were in force : — 

First class, innholders, . 52 

First class, victuallers, 1,242 

Second class, victuallers, 208 

Fourth class, grocers, . .* 269 

Fourth class, wholesale dealers, A (issued in conjunction with a 

first class victuallers' license), . . . . . . . 198 

Fourth class, wholesale dealers, B (selling not over? 10,000 worth 

per annum), 77 

Fourth class, wholesale dealers, C (selling over $10,000 and less 

then $20,000), 22 

Fourth class, wholesale dealers, D (selling over $20,'?00 per 

annum) , 42 

Fifth class, retail dealers, 212 

Fifth class, wholesale dealers, 45 

Fifth class, brewers, A (product less than 80,000 barrels per 

annum), 7 

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23 



Fiftb class brewers, B (prcxlact over 30/XW and less than 50,000 

l>irrels) 6 

FiftEi chiss, hrcwers, C (product over 50,C»>J barrel*), ... 4 

Foarth class, ilistillcrs, ......... 3 

Sixtix chiss, ilru-rgists, 209 



Total 2,596 



From Jiilv 23 to December 1 the foHoMrins: licenses have 



i>een issued : — 

Fir?; class, innhoUIcrs, 

Fira class, M'ctiiallcrs, 

Seojod cl:iss. victuallers, 

Foarth class, grocers, 

Foarth class, wliolesale dealers. A, . 

Fourth class, wiiolcsalo dealers, B, . 

Fonrth class, wholesale dealers, D, . 

Fiftii class, n'tail dealers, 

Fifti class, wholesale dealers, . 

Sixth class, druggists. 



Total, 



1 

4.5 

14 

20 

46 

5 

1 

11 

3 

7 

153 



EeeapUulalion. 

WboTe number of licenses in force July 23, 2,596 

Issued by Board of Police 153 

For&ited, 65 

Sarr«ndered, 7 

WVjIc number in force Kov. 30, 188-5, 2,677 

Xnmber of coiuplainls for violation of the conditions of licenses 

made to Board of Police, 207 

Xnmber of hearings given, 207 

Xamber of complaints for violation of conditions of licenses made 

in court, 125 

Arrests for selling without a, license, 150 

Seizures made, 240 

AmoaDt of liquors seized (gallons), 2,377 



The following are the nature of the complaints upon which 
Icenses were forfeited by the Board of Police : — 

iolation of Sunday law, 29 

jolation of screen law, 5 

pening unlicensed doors 11 

>Uing to minors, 9 



24 POLICE COMMISSIOxNERS' REPORT. [Jan. 

Selling to be carried off premLscs, not .'illowod by license, . . 1 

Selling to be drunk on premises, not iilloxved by license, ... 1 

Allowing gambling, and keeping noisy and disorderly place, . . 1 

Selling in a room, not allowed by license, 1 

Selling between the hours of 11 o'clock r. M., and 6 o'clock A. m., . 1 

Keeping and exposing for sale liquors not allowed by license, . 6 
Amount paid into City Treasarj' for licenses and fees from Jul3' 

23 to November 30, ?22,212 



The act pfohibiting the sale or delivery of intoxicating* 
liquors on election days (chap. 216, 1885), went into opera- 
tion for the first time on the d.ay of the last State election. 
The dealers in intoxicating liquors manifested a most com- 
mendahle desire to observe the law. The}' voluntarily went 
further than was required of them, by closing their places of 
business on that da\' as well as on the day of the municipal 
election following. The effect upon the arrests for drunken- 
ness was most remarkable. The daily average throughout 
the year is about forty-seven ; on the day of the State elec- 
tion there were eleven persons arrested, and on the munici- 
pal election day sixteen. 

The law prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors be- 
tween the hours of eleven at night and six in the morning 
(chap. 90, 1885), went into effect on the first of last May. 
As far as the observation of this Board goes this law is 
defective, in that it docs not require that the places to which 
it refers shall be closed at the times specified. 

As the law stands at present, licenses may be applied for 
and issued at any time during the year. There appears to 
be no good reason wh}' this should be allowed. The business 
of the department would be greatly facilitated if the time for 
receiving applications for licenses was limited ; and the 
Board is of the opinion that the law should be amended so as 
to prohibit the filing of applications after the first day of 
ilay. 

A question having been raised in the courts as to the suf- 
ficiency of the record of liquor licenses kept in this depart- 
ment, the Board would recommend such legislation as maj 
be necessary to confirm the fomi of record now in use, whicl 
experience has shown to be sufficient for all practical pur 
poses. , 



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1886.] HOUSE — No. 19. 25 

A liquor license is a pcrionnl privilege, which terminates 
with the death of the licensee. No provision \s made in the 
law for the relief of the logal representatives of the deceased ; 
and the attention of the IJoanl of Police has been called to 
several cases of peculiar haniship which have occurred since 
it came into office, where licen-jcd persons have died, leaving 
families to whom the liccnw; would have been of great ben- 
efit if they could have realized its value, or have continued 
business under it until the close of the license year. The 
Board recommends such legislation as will remedy this 
defect in the law. 

Punuc CiRniAGES. 

>fan3' complaints have l>c<>n made of reckless driving and 
improper conduct on the part of drivers of the vehicles com- 
monly known .as " bcrdics." This is due, to a great extent, 
to the system of leasing these vehicles to irresponsible and 
unqualified persons. The company that leases the cabs dis- 
claims any responsibility, and cannot be held for injuries 
resulting from the incompetency or carelessness of the driver ; 
and the latter, having no interest in the cab bej'ond what he 
can earn during the dny by its use, can put himself out of 
reach of the police at any time, or, if arrested, generally 
proves to be entirely irresponsible. The police have done 
all in their power to concct the evil, and with considerable 
success ; but some legislation is imperatively needed. The 
herdic is a vehicle which has come to stay. It meets the 
public demand for a cheap and quick conve^-ance, and it 
will increase in popularity. It is therefore necessary that 
the same degree of responsibility should attach to these 
vehicles as to other public coovcj'ances. If the desired end 
cannot be reached in any other way, the Board of Police will 
be compelled to refuse licenses to any persons who do not 
omi their vehicles, or are not employed by some other 
responsible person. 

Hxmsnyos. 

The station-houses, with the exception of Station 1, are 
generally in good condition, and furnish all necessary accom- 
modations. Station 1 is .an old house, out of repair, poorly 



26 POLICE COMMISSIONERS' REPORT. [Jau. 

ventiliited, and too small to accommodate the great amount 
of business that is transacted in the division. Tlie Board of 
Police Commissioners, in its last annual report, recom- 
mended the abandonment and sale of the house, and the 
erection of a new building, with modern conveniences. The 
present Board concurs in the opinion of its predecessors, 
and will make a requisition on the next city council for a 
new station-house. 

The plans for a new station on the corner of Boylston and 
Hereford streets have been completed, and some work has 
been done on the foundations for the building. 

At the request of this Board, the city council provided for 
the erection of a stable for the accommodation of the horses 
attached to Division 14. 

Police Signal System. 

The signal S3'stem has proved a valuable adjunct to the 
police departments of other cities ; and after a personal in- 
' / spection of its workings, the Board of Police decided to 

introduce it into this city. There are two systems, each 
claiming some points of superiority over the other. The 
Gamewell system is the one used in other cities, and is 
well known. The other, which U controlled by the Munici- 
p-il Signal Company of Boston, has never been practically 
■ tested. The company offered to put it into one division on 
trial, and the Board accepted the proposal ; and arrange- 
ments are now being made to introduce it into Division 6. 
After it has been in operation a suflHcient length of time, the 
Board will be able to judge between it and the other system. 
The appropriation bill for the current year contained a pro- 
viso that no part of the police appropriation should be ex- 
pended for a signal system. The Board understands that it 
is not controlled b}' this proviso, but deemed it but courteous 
to the city council to request that the proviso be removed. 
The matter is now pending in the common council. It is 
expected that the system will be in working order in Division 
6 by the latter part of February or first of March. § 



18SG.] HOUSE — No. 19. 27 

Reports. 

Tlie Board of Police is required to make an annual report 
to tlic governor, and quarterly reports to the mayor. For 
many years an annual report of the Police Department has 
l)ccn made in ^lay, showing the work performed up to and 
including the thirtieth of the preceding April, and covering 
both the municipal financial 3'ear and the license 3'ear. A 
continuance of this custom is desirable, as it would preserve 
unbroken a long series of reports, and offers valuable means 
of comparison with the work of preceding years. The quar- 
terly' reports being of little value as a matter of public in- 
formation, the Board would recommend that they be dis- 
continued, and that but two reports be made annually, — 
one to the governor, in December, and one to the mayor, 
in May. 

In conclusion, the Board would say that it has received 
the active and intelligent support of the members of the 
department, and it believes that the police force of Boston 
will compare favorably with that of any other city. 

Kespcctfully submitted, 

A. T. WHITING. 
AVILLIAil H. LEE. 
W. M. OSBORNE. 



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