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Posted by Ron Filion on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 12:14:03 :

In Reply to: People's Palace 1896 posted by Gene Kuechmann on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 11:08:28 :

: 1896 San Francisco City Directory gives occupation of William C. Moran as "special officer People's Palace." Where and what was the People's Palace?

The People's Palace appeared to be a performance hall. The following newspaper accounts highlight some of the activities there. By the way, Special Police still exist today.



Specials Cram and Van Horn Use Clubs and Pistols.

The habitues of the People's Palace, on the corner of Mason and Eddy streets, were startled about 1 o'clock this morning by the report of a pistol-shot in a room upstairs.

A rush was made soou, and Special Policemen Job T, Cram and Henry Van Horn were seen, the former with blood streaming down his face, and the latter with his left arm covered with blood. Cram had a revolver in his right hand and Van Horn was crouched behind the bar.

Policemen Cunningham and Irvine rang for the patrol-wagon and took the two men to the Receiving Hospital. Van Horn was shot in the left arm and Cram had an ugly cut on his right temple and on his nose and upper lip.

The bullet went through Van Horn's arm, and he was first attended to by Dr. Deane. Then Cram had his wounds stitched and dressed.

They were then taken to the City Prison, where Cram bad a charge of assault to murder booked against him and Van Horn a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Cram claims that Van Horn had been drinking and first attacked him.

Source: San Francisco Call, 7 February 1895, page 13.

The People's Palace.

Mahara's Original Tennesseean Colored Minstrels opened at the People's Palace last night to a good house. The troupe comprises thirty-five genuine darky comedians, singers and dancers. It was an old-fashioned performance. The middle man is George L. Moxley; right end men, Pilly Young, Hilliard Brewer and Tim Anderson; left end men, Leroy Bland, Dan Avery and Charles Cass. The same bill will coutinue all the rest of the week.

Source: San Francisco Call, 12 January 1897, page 5.


The Fighters Have Given Up Hope of Sleeting; Under the Auspices of the National Club.

Peter Maher has about cencluded that he cannot arrange a match in this City. His manager, Connelly, said last evening that Groom of the National Club had about given up all hope of securing a permit, and unless some of the clubs that are in a position to hold an exhibition will come to the front with a good offer very soon he will be off for New York immediately after Maher has a meeting at the People's Palace. Connelly is of the opinion that Chief Crowley will grant Cliff Philips of the People's Palace permission to give a short boxing entertainment on Wednesday evening next, when Maher will spar three or four rounds with Prewitt the big colored scrapper. If Philips should fail to get a permit from the ChJef to hold a short exhibition, Connelly and Maher will start immediately for New York. A prominent sporting man said las; night that an effort will be made to-day by a friend of Choynski's to secure a license from the Supervisors for this special contest, and that the prospects are very favorable.

Source: San Francisco Call, 23 July 1896, page 5.

The Band Was Free.

Kick Brown, leader of the People's Palace band, states that he received only $12 from the Dempsey benefit, and that sum wmh cover losses of some of the bandsmen who canceled other engagements for the evening. Mr. Brown and most of his men gave their services free.

Source: San Francisco Call, 8 January 1896, page 8.

A Counterfeiter Arrested.

Erni Abbots was arrested by Secret Service Agent N. R. Harris Jr., yesterday afternoon, for having counterfeit money in his possession. It is presumed that George ureen, who was arrested on the 15th inst.,in the People's Palace, for passing spurious coin, relied upon Abbots for his supply.

Source: San Francisco Call, 17 November 1895, page 28.

Broke His Nose.

There is a tough crowd that bangs around the People's Palace, Eddy aud Mason streets, on Sunday nights. Last night Special Officer J. J. Walsh endeavored to disperse the crowd who blocked the sidewalk, when one of the number struck him a terrific blow across the nose with a slungshot or oth-r instrument, felling him to the ground. WaNh whs taken to the Receiving hospital in the patrol wagon, where Dr. Deane found that his nose was broken. Two or three months ago Walsh was stabbed by a tough during a row in the establishment, but not dangerously. His life is evidently not a happy one.

Source: San Francisco Call, 5 March 1894, page 10.

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