From Specimen Days: Central Park Walks and Talks, by Walt Whitman, 1892:
I VISIT Central Park now almost every day… As I sit, placidly… the policeman… comes over… We grow quite friendly and chatty forthwith. He is a New Yorker born and raised, and… tells me about the life of a New York Park policeman, (while he talks keeping his eyes and ears vigilantly open…) Injuries to the (police)men are continually happening.
There is much alertness and quiet strength. (Few appreciate, I have often thought, the Ulyssean capacity, derring do, quick readiness in emergencies, practicality, unwritting devotion and heroism, among our American young men and working-people—the firemen, the railroad employees, the steamer and ferry men, the police, the conductors and drivers…)
Carriage stable, 38th between 10th and 11th, 8:30 A.M. on a summer morning, half a block from a firehouse.
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