[El Paso- Prostitution] GRAND JURY INDICTMENT.
El Paso: 1895. Partially printed form. Approximately 14” x 8 ½”. Printed on both sides. Minor toning and small amount of staining with splits at seams reinforced with tape. Overall, good+. Issued on June 24th, 1895, indicts “…. [as] manager of a certain dance house and house where spirituous wines and malt liquors were kept for sale the said A. Prousally (sp.?) did then and there unlawfully and knowingly employ and have in such house prostitutes, lewd women of bad reputations for chastity and did then and there unlawfully permit prostitutes, lewd women of bad reputation for chastity to display and conduct themselves in a lewd luscious and indiscreet manner.” The verso shows filing date of the indictment, certification of County Clerk for El Paso County, and names of the witnesses. In the 1890s, El Paso was a “wide-open” town which an active red-light district. Apparently, poor Mr. Prousally failed to pay off the proper officials in the appropriate amount. Original documents of this nature are very scarce, if not rare.