This was the second police raid of the Tenderloin in two weeks.
The “suspicious characters” were “alleged highwaymen and burglars,” “petty thieves, hobos, etc.” Some had a reputation as “drunk rollers.” These professional hobos lounged in saloons and, when arrested, claimed to be seeking longshore work. They had committed no specific crimes, and were thus charged with vagrancy.
George Hart was arrested while “engaged in suspicious movements.” Hart had just been released by the municipal court in the morning of January 3 and admonished to leave town by 2 p.m. that day. He was sentenced to serve 30 days in the chain gang. Thomas Powers, recently acquitted of burglary, was another of the vagrants arrested.
Unfit for Hogs
Of the 28 arrests made, some 22 men were placed in the City Jail’s receiving cell. When Jailer John Corbett visited the arrested men in the morning, he declared that the cell was in a “filthy state, and unfit for hogs.”