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The San Francisco Daily Morning Call, September 27, 1864


One Pinkney, a 'longshoreman, had some of the crew of a French bark up before the Police Court, yesterday, for an assault and battery, alleged to have been committed upon him. The Frenchmen testified that a stray boat was drifting toward their vessel, and they received signals from a Bremen bark, to which it belonged, to catch it, which they prepared to do. Pinkney came out after it with his boat, and overtook it just as it touched the bow of the French bark; his mast got entangled in the vessel's chains, and fell over and struck him on the arm; five French sailors pushed off and took the stray boat away from Pinkney. Pinkney testified that he got the blow on his arm from an oar in the hands of one of the sailors, and when asked if he had any witnesses to prove that such was the case, he said "No ;" that the District Attorney told him his arm would be sufficient evidence! The Attorney had a precedent. John Phoenix once told of a bull that pulled fifteen hundred logs at one time, and if any one doubted it, he could go and show him the bull. Pinkney's arm was not considered sufficient evidence of the assault, nor yet his whole anatomy together, and the case was dismissed.

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