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Looking forward to not anything -- A urban divided -- undergo the little kids -- in the dead of night -- Defenders -- funerals -- Taking account -- The nepotistic republic -- Circus maximus -- The marble halls of justice -- A jury of his friends -- On trial: the State's case -- On trial: the safety -- The hand of God

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Barck’s potbelly seemed to expand as he leaned in toward Joe. “You guinea,” he boomed. ” He grabbed the lapels of the little man’s coat, his face a dark red as he moved in closer. ” he shouted into Joe’s face. Joe tried to pull back and felt the poormaster’s thick fingers grip his coat still tighter. He was going to shake him until his neck cracked. Joe swung, hitting Barck in the face with his fist. The poormaster’s head snapped back. Then the big man doubled over, falling face first, his barrel chest hitting the desk with a loud bang.

For Joe and Anna Scutellaro, it surely stoked worries they already had. 19 Word of the local boy’s starvation and his parents’ protracted struggle to keep him alive had spread quickly in Hoboken. The poorest families would have heard about the state of Donald’s body—“mere skin and bones,” according to one observer—and eyed their sons and daughters with alarm. For the Hasties’ story was all too familiar. 20 The Hasties had left Scotland just before the onset of the Depression, hoping for a better future for their children in the United States.

He was rearraigned and confirmed under oath that the poormaster had previously presented his family with several checks. The allowances had not been extraordinary, and none had ever been in question, but they were presented cumulatively in court as a generous sum, to damn the ungrateful recipient. Zitani was placed on probation for one year. ”49 By February 25, however, the poormaster’s threats were beginning to lose their potency for aid applicants. Joe Scutellaro, sitting on a bench in Barck’s outer office that morning, had seen Lena Fusco’s rage against her children’s unallayed suffering and her contempt for the poormaster overwhelm any fear.

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