From the Richmond Dispatch, 1/28/1862, p. 2, c. 4
Throwing Rocks. - On a recent occasion John W.
Davis, a very circumspect policeman, happened to be in the Spotswood Hotel, (for
what reason we are not at present advised,) when “bum!” came a missile through
the rear window. Out ran John Davis and captured two or three little boys, one
of whom was a son of Mrs. Broughmeyer, who was yesterday mulcted in the sum of
$1. The boy said it was coal which he threw, and therefore by consequence not a
rock. His mother said she had whipped frequently before and would do it again.
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