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RED LIGHT DISTRICT — The petition of F.H. Floto setting forth the fact that the redlight district was a detriment to him in the sale of his property was read. The petition read that a party of capitalists had offered $12,000 for the Floto property, but on account of the disreputable houses there, became discouraged and would not close the deal. The city is growing and the houses are too near the residence district and should be moved.

Trustee Wagner thought that all that was necessary was to tell the officer to make those people move. Trustee Richardson thought that while it was conceded a necessary evil, the houses were too conspicuous, and it would be desirable to have them moved to a more remote location. Trustee Cunningham didn’t think it was fair to other people to move the objectionable houses near them. They should be left to find their own homes. No definite action was taken.

TRAIN WRECK — The train of the Raymond branch railroad, consisting of engine, tender, and coach ran away yesterday six miles this side of Raymond. The tender and coach jumped the rails - the engine alone remaining on the track. Although there were about 20 passengers in the coach at the time, no one but a brakeman was injured, save for a few bruises received by the passengers in the shakeup. The failure of the air brakes was the cause of the accident.

TENDERLOIN RAIDED — Constable Murphy, Marshal Northern, Night Watchman Kingston, Sheriff Jones, and Undersheriff Hensley raided the houses of the red light district early yesterday morning in search of professional vagrants who make their homes at these places. Fred Wilkins and Charles Turner were found there and taken to jail. When the officers knocked for admission, the women gave the alarm, and the men sought to escape. Turner crawled under a bed, but forgot to draw his feet in with him, and they revealed his presence to the officer. Wilkins made his escape from the room and was found by Constable Murphy standing behind a door in the wine room unclad, save for a dicer, which he jauntily wore on his head...


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