Cincinnati, Ohio, November 1893 - Pretty Ida Lawrence gets arrested while entertaining some hackmen in Cincinnati, O.
It was just 2 o’clock the other morning when Ida Lawrence reached Fifth and Vine Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio. She had a jag that would have poisoned an ordinary man.
But Ida was happy. She was still happier when she met with a crowd of all-night hackmen.
“Hello, Ide,” said one.
“Goo’ night,” said Ida.
“Hain’t seen you for a time. Where’ve you been?”
“Me? Where’ve I been? Oh, no place. I guess I ain’t been no place.”
Then she sang:
“On the Midway, the Midway, the Midway Plaisance,
Where the naughty Algiers girls
Do their naughty, naughty dance.”
And she danced a dance that made even the boy on the stone fountain blush. Behind a telegraph pole stood Officer Moffit. He sneaked over and stpped the performance by calling a patrol wagon. The next day he told Judge Gregg about it and the Judge sent Ida out for four months.
Reprinted from The National Police Gazette - November 25, 1893