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City Document. — No. 2. 



FOR 1860. 

R XB UR Y : 



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In Board of Aldermen, January 14, 1861. 

Laid upon the table, and five hundred copies ordered to be printed 
for the use of the City Council. 

JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerk. 


To the Mayor and Aldei^men 

of the City of Roxhury : 

Gentlemen, — I herewith submit the following in rela- 
tion to the Police Department, and its labors, during the 
year 1860, viz. : 

There have been 1486 arrests in all. 62 of these were 

for oflFences committed without the city, leaving 1424 

arrests in the city alone j being an increase over the pre- 
vious year of 306. 

The 1486 arrests were disposed of as follows, viz: 

Discharged without complaint, .... 755 

Fined and paid, ...... 214 

Sentenced to the House of Correction, . . . 155 

Committed for non-payment of line, . . . . 89 

Discharged by Court, ...... 86 

Put on probation, ...... 39 

Fined and put under bonds, ..... 34 

Bound over to a higher court, . , . . 32 

Sentenced to the Truant School, .... 26 

Committed for want of bail, .... 16 

Appealed, ....... 12 

Sentence postponed, ...... 12 

Put under bonds to keep the peace, .... 6 

Examination postponed, ..... 4 

Placed on file, ...... 2 

Allowed to leave the State, ..... 2 

Committed to the Almshouse, .... 2 



The causes of arrest were as follows, viz 


Assault and battery, 

Disturbing the peace, . 


Common drunkenness. 

Fruit pilfering, 



Violation of the Sunday law. 

Violation of City ordinances. 

Breaking and entering, 

Malicious mischief, 

Threatening bodily harm, 

Assault on officers. 

Stubbornness, . 

Stealing a ride. 


Violation of the liquor law. 



Disturbing public schools. 

Night walking. 

Fugitives from justice. 

Common brawling, 

Setting bonfires. 

Indecent assault, 

Indecent exposure. 

Raising a false alarm of fire. 

Receiving stolen goods, 

Obstructing horse cars. 

Suspicious persons. 

Obtaining goods by false pretences, 

Contempt of Court, 

Card playing, . 



Escaped convict. 

Assault with intent to kill. 

Discharging fii'e- crackers, 

Violation of Saturday night law. 

Carried forward, 


Brought forward, 


Assault with intent to commit a rape, 

Abduction, ...... 

yhop breaking, ..... 

Assault with a dog, ..... 

Horse stealing, ..... 

Manslaughter, ..... 

Common nuisance, ..... 

Cruelty to a horse, ..... 

Fast driving, ..... 


Of the 1486 arrests, 1151 were foreign born ; and of the 
remainder, 108 were born in Roxbury. 255 were minors; 
1262 were males, and 224 were females. 

1039 persons have been provided during the past year 
with lodgings in the Lock-iip. Of these, 775 were foreign- 
ers ; 966 were males, 73 females. 

The expenses of the Police Department for the year 
1860, liave been about $16,962.19; being an increase over 
tlie year previous of $639.37. 

About $1313 have been expended for Sunday Police, 
for extra services of the Regular Police, and for Special 

I have received for services and fees $107.10; and paid 
out for services rendered in arresting and securing prison- 
ers, conveyance of prisoners, &c., $153.91. 

Owing to a change in the law in relation to fees of Offi- 
cers, and the law in relation to Drunkenness, the fees will 
fall much short of the year previous; that of Drunkenness 
alone will make a deduction of $555. 

The evils of intemperance still exist in our city, and it 
is very much to be regretted that some more^ practical 
means than the present Liquor Law may not be devised 
to meet them. 

The past year in our city has been comparatively free 
from burglaries and incendiary fires, while all around us 
they have been of frequent occurrence; upwards of 170 
fires outside of the city have been seen by the Watchmen. 

6 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 2. 

578 cases of Truancy have been reported to the Police 
Office, by the several teachers in whose schools truancy 
exists. The number of truant cases, does not mean the 
number of truant boys ; for one boy may be a truant many 
times, and each time that he is reported by the teacher is 
recorded as a single case of truancy. But that there are 
many boys in our city, who, according to the language of 
the Statute in relation to truancy, " are growing up in 
ignorance," is a melancholy fact, which cannot escape the 
observation of those who are at all conversant of what is 
going on around us. Wisdom, justice and humanity, each 
and all, demand that our city shall avail itself of all proper 
means within its reach, to remedy this evil as far as possible. 

The burying of dogs, and other animals, comes under 
the direction of the Police; — and it gives me great pleas- 
ure to say, that the Canine Undertaker " still lives," 

though he has often had both feet in the grave of many 

a luckless dog. And to their final resting place, he has 
committed the remains of 724 dogs, 869 cats, 63 hogs, 14 
goats, and 2 skunks; making 1672 bodies in all. 

The labors of the Police during the past year have very 
much increased, without a corresponding increase of ex- 
pense. A fact which goes to show an increased efficiency 
in the Department, which was never in better working 
order than at the present time ; — the men being prompt, 
energetic, and faithful and gentlemanly in their behavior 
towards all citizens ; and, as far as I am able to judge, in 
all the qualities which constitute good Policemen, they are 
second to none. 

My thanks are due to them for their faithfulness and 
willingness in aiding me in the discharge of my own duties. 
So, also, would I thank all with whom I have been official- 
ly connected, who have given me their confidence, or ex- 
tended their courtesy. 

Respectfully submitted. 

BEN J. MERIAM, City Marshal. 
Roxhury, Jan., 1861.