San Francisco: 1896. pp. Narrow octavo. Original black morocco wallet-style binding. Light wear, heavier at corners. Contemporary pencil ownership inscription on front flyleaf. Internally clean. In a legible hand. Very good. Item #1763
Pocket log book kept by a San Francisco policeman during 1896 recording activities around the city, including responses to fire alarms, arresting hobos, and chasing chicken thieves. Entries are sporadic at the beginning of the year, but Andersen gets into the habit in late March, making more frequent entries, and he records activities almost daily from July through November. Uneventful days are recorded with simple notes as to what beat and with whom, but more interesting entries note numerous fire alarm responses, including the first entry of the volume on January 1: "Went on duty with Geo. Norris was on Parker St. at 2-20 am when fire alarm 71 sounded for fire on Sansome & Green St. house no. 59 in which woman perished said to be Mrs. Haskell box struck by Phill McCarthy." An entry for May 12th records the arrest of five tramps, all named herein; other entries note break ins, unlocked or unsecured doors, and street fights. Saturday September 12th was particularly eventful -- in addition to arresting a drunk, there was a "fight on a street car a Negro struck the conductor in the face at 11:20. Fight on Taylor St,. between the Wallack boys about 1.50 am saw 3 men go into Coyles & 5 come out in 15 min." On December 22, Andersen writes: "Stop[p]ed a man on Buckingham W. who had a bag on his shoulder. As we spoke to him he dropped the bag and ran down Buckingham back through Clarendon and Winston Dr. The bag was found to contain 3 hens & two roosters, all Plymouth Rocks. Moody fired on him but it did not stop him. Began snowing at 9:40." Interestingly, he also notes on at least one occasion that he spent the day working for a railway company ("Sr. Ry. Co."). The year ended as it started: "Fire alarm from box 17 at 10.08 p.m. Fire in N.S. Beebes stove store n. 2 Sutter St. Gutted the whole store..." An interesting snapshot of one police officer's San Francisco beat near the end of the 19th century.