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St. James Park used to be a safe haven. Bicycle races would finish in the park, presidents and presidential hopefuls would pontificate from soap boxes, kidnappers were hanged from trees, and miscreants tarred & feathered before being chained to the McKinley bronze cannon. A real family gathering place.

Clyde Arbuckle describes a park activity in the 1930's,
"During the depression days of the 1930's, leather-lunged, hat passing radicals harangued the curious and gullible on the economic ills of the nation. Bible waving, hell-fire and brimstone evangelists shouted fundamentalist condemnation of sinners from park bench pulpits. In pre-jury commission days, court bailiffs collared park loafers and bums for immediate jury duty across the street."

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