There was just one story of note in the February 18, 1876 issue of the Hamilton Weekly Times.
It is reprinted below without additional comment :
"Last evening, Charles Corcoran, one of the swell colored gentry of the city, got drunk. Charles has as much insolence as he has cars, and has often been threatened with a horsewhipping for his insulting conduct towards respectable people on the street. Last evening into Broadbent’s grocery, where he commenced to raise a row, but in the midst of it, after having frequently been repeatedly ordered out he was pitched into the street. He commenced to yell for blood then and felt round for a knife, causing the crowd that had gathered round him to disperse in quick time. He was arrested by. Con. McMenemy, and resisted desperately, the struggle being something more than a mere scuffle. Another Constable came up and Charles was carried away to the cells howling like a young Indian. He came up smiling this morning and defended himself as became a young gentleman, who had more than three suits of clothes, but it was all N.G. and the elegant Charles was fined $5 or 40 days."