From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/16/1862, p. 1, c. 5

Dangerous Sport. - Since the series of battles around Richmond, the youths in certain parts of the city have been indulging in every species of sport resembling the sound and appearance of battle, sometimes to the imminent risk of life and limb. Yesterday afternoon, some of these juvenile would be heroes broke open a caisson in the neighborhood of 21st street, from which they extracted several pounds of power, with which they prepared to give the denizens of the locality a salute. A hole was burrowed in an adjacent bank and the powder deposited, and innumerable brickbats piled upon it. The match was then applied, and an explosion resulted which would have laid the report of a 24-pounder in the shade. Should not the authorities arrest the indulgence in such sport?





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