[Whoa. That's quite an (alleged) heist. A sum of $110,000 in 1865 is about $1.6 million today.]
SUNDAY FIGHTING. — On Sunday afternoon a large crowd of men and boys assembled on a brick yard in the First Ward to witness a prize fight. The police appeared and the assemblage scattered. The police gave chase, and at Thirteenth and Federal streets captured James Mullin, who is alleged to have been one of the principals. The prisoner was committed by Alderman Lutz.
LARCENY OF MONEY. — Yesterday afternoon John A. Campbell was arrested at Dock street wharf on the charge of attempting to rob a man named John Thompson of $300. The evidence showed that Mr. Thompson was counting his money in the street, when he was approached by the accused, who snatched the amount from his hands and ran off. He was pursued by the police and overtaken. After a hearing before Alderman Butler, the defendant was held to answer for the offense.
[$300 is the equivalent of $4,400 today. What was he doing standing near a wharf, counting that kind of money?]
SLIGHT FIRE. — Last evening, a slight fire occurred in the dwelling house No. 1009 Nectarine street. The fire originated by some children playing with matches, who set fire to a lot of bedding.
[Nectarine Street is within what is now known as the Logan Square neighborhood of Philadelphia.]
More in this series
- "The Great Base Ball Match" of August 1865 in Washington, D.C.
- The 1865 Werze/Wirz Trial: "A Fresh Accumulation of Horrors!"
- More utter goodness from the 1865 Philadelphia Inquirer, Part 1