When Mark Twain arrived in Washington City in late November 1867 he discovered a city where cows roomed the streets. Of the 18,000 or so pages that he wrote and the hundreds of thousands upon hundreds of thousands words he wrote he managed to commit a couple lines to Washington’s cows.
Here’s an item that although funny now, wasn’t funny to the city’s mayor at the time. By the way, Twain lived in and around City Hall during his sojourn in Washington.
NO COW ALLOWED ABOUT THE CITY HALL. –
Mayor Wallach yesterday complained of Washington Rollins, Catherine Madison, Patrick Foley, Sarah E. Cook, and Mary Carroll, as allowing their cows to trespass upon the lot in the rear of the City Hall. They were arraigned before Justice Walter, who fined each $5 and $1 costs. Sarah E. Cook, who had three cows, was required to pay $18.
- Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.), 25 Nov. 1867. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1867-11-25/ed-1/seq-1/>