No. 583
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
November 30, 2022

Pandemonium in a Tumult.

Raid on the Broadway concert saloons, New York.
April 26, 2022
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Demi-Monde Excursion. | A Rattling Main.

Pandemonium in a Tumult.

Raid

If there is in New York one spot more infamous than another, that spot is the section of Broadway on the east aide, between Bleecker and Houston streets. Hell gapes widely here for all who may pass after 7 o'clock in the evening. From Bleecker to Spring street there are at least three hundred abandoned females employed in those dens of infamy known to the public as concert saloons. During the last twelve months, this evil has grown to almost gigantic proportions, yet nothing was done to abate it until the evening of the 22d inst., when sixty-eight concert saloon waiter girls were arrested, together with three or four of the managers and proprietors of the dens.

Illustrated Police News, February 1, 1872.