That pack of two-legged live stock known as the McDermotts had a field day on Thursday. The fight commenced at 1 o’clock and continued until seven in the evening. It was the greatest female “scrap” ever known in Corkedale’s row, a bunch of tenements at the Five Points. Men also took a hand in the fight, and a bartender gave a woman a knock-out blow when it became necessary to do so. Three or four fallen women of the lowest order were in the row. The trouble is said to have originated from the presence of a Pokeepsie woman, who was receiving considerable attention from the male visitors who steadily call at the ranch in large numbers. All sorts of domestic implements were used in the riot. One woman had all the beer she wanted for once, a couple of quarts being thrown in her face. George Rich was mixed up in the row. He is a menace to the peace of the neighborhood. The people of the locality say that a policeman wasn’t seen in six hours. Property owners say that the inhabitants of these tenements, especially the McDermotts, have ruined valuations on upper Renwick street and Bridge street.
-Wayne County Alliance (New York), circa 1894