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By Dutch Charley Duane, Charles P. Duane, John Boessenecker

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At the Empire Club, which was Rynders's political headquarters, prizefighters such Page 8 as Tom Hyer, Country McCluskey, and Yankee Sullivan gambled, drank, and staged sparring exhibitions. 12 Within a few years Charley Duane was one of Rynders's loyal henchmen. One day in the late 1840s, Alexander Hamilton, a saloon owner and fight promoter from Troy, New York, visited the Empire Club and engaged in an argument with Dutch Charley. Hamilton's barkeeper in Troy was John Morrissey, who would later become one of the greatest of the bare-knuckle champions.

The Duanes were devout Roman Catholics. Charley's sisters and his younger brothers John and James practiced the faith their entire lives, but Charley seems to have been indifferent to religion. He left home at age fifteen and apprenticed himself to a wagon maker in Page 5 New York City. " 3 Such volunteer fire companies were the focal point of social life for young urban males. Fire was one of the greatest dangers of city life. The proliferation of oil lamps, coal stoves, and cheap wood houses combined to make burgeoning cities of the East Coast veritable tinderboxes.

2, quit en masse. After Duane's election, the historian Theodore H. Hittell noted, "The moral character of the department soon showed signs of deterioration. " 45 Dutch Charley's enemies alleged that many inactive firemen had enrolled in the volunteer department solely so that they could vote for Duane. A correspondent for the San Francisco Herald claimed that an entire company, Pacific No. 8, "was organized, not to do fire duty, but to aid in electing Mr. "46 On the other hand, sympathetic Democratic newspaper editors saw great nobility in Duane's courageous record as a fireman.

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