From the Richmond Dispatch, 4/2/1863, p. 1, c. 3
Gambling Shop Broken Up. – The city police, under the guidance of Lieutenant Carter, of the night watch yesterday morning made an inroad in the house on 17th street kept by a man named John H.. Day, known as Beckman’s old stand, which was suspected, and not wrongfully, of being a gambling resort of the colored population. When the police entered a mighty scrambling towards the attic was heard, and all but seven of the colored betters disappeared through a skylight in the roof. They were captured, conducted to the cage, and each ordered by the Mayor twenty lashes. On entering the room where the ‘dealing’ was carried on, a table, in primitive fashion, was found arranged, covered with a blanked, with wooden chips and a tin dealing box with the usual springs, &c., and some $45 in money staked on the game. The cards, dealing-box, and table were carried away in triumph to the cage, together with the seven darkeys who were so unfortunate as to be caught. – John H. Day, a white man and a Yankee, who ostensibly owned the place, was carried to the cage and bailed in $1,000 to appear before the Mayor to answer for permitting “faro” to be exhibited on premises controlled by him.