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Mobs in St. Louis, Missouri smash up houses of prostitution

St. Louis, Missouri, 1855, engraving, detail
07/25/1860
In the evening a large mob gathered in the "disreputable" district of St. Louis, Missouri, along Third Street, and proceeded to smash up known houses of prostitution and bars that catered to prostitutes.  Despite the efforts of the police and the fire department, more than twenty "houses of ill-repute" were completely ransacked while others were damaged by rock throwing.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"The St. Louis Riots, " New York Times, July 30, 1860. 

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