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Text for Page 145 [12-04-1860]

              Fourth Ward Station-House.
officer and two men, who had either champion-
ed her or remonstrated against the manner of
her arrest, entered the station house.     She was
soon disposed of, and afterwards the men.     It
struck me that injustice was done here, espe-
cially with respect to one, a civil-spoken Swede,
a painter, and I observed a strong leaning
in favor of policemens� allegations in this, as
in all other cases, on the part of the officers
on duty, who were always curt and overseerish,
if not overbearing, towards prisoners.        All
the time applicants for a nights� lodging had
been coming, and if not rejected, passing through
through, to the room kept for that purpose.
In company with a preternaturally sharp boy
who was dreadfully wide awake up till to
the time of my departure and who laughed
insultingly and unfeelingly at the names and
speech of some of the prisoners, I visited
this apartment.     Situated over the cells, ap-
proached by a short outside flight of steps,
I found a large bare room, destitute of
any furniture, though or windows, though
sufficiently ventilated from without, where
over sixty men lay sleeping on the bare floor.
The place seemed swarming, populous as
Dante�s Malebolge, and was resonant with               
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