An email list I belong to pointed me to this incredible link, from the New York Times of April 18, 1897.
Be sure to read the article carefully - it truly is a fantastic description.
Most amazing is the humility of the rabbanim, and the brazenness of the police, which are difficult to comprehend. Today that rav would have his lawyer at that jail, along with several media outlets, threatening to sue anyone and everyone from the meter maids to the mayor.
How times have changed.