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Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2007

Old Home Town - 100 years ago

January 18, 2007

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan 18, 1907: "The most disgraceful trial ever held in Lawrence came off this morning before police judge Menger, when Mabel McCoy told the shocking story of her relations with John Countrakon, the Green confectioneer. He was arrested yesterday and charged with indecent conduct. The courtroom was crowded to overflowing with spectators and every rounder and tough in town had left his usual haunts to hear the vulgar details and racy comments. The girl faced the crowd and seemed to enjoy the attention for what was also her indecent conduct. The judge finally declared a recess, to the displeasure of the crowd, and what happened can hardly keep from sending the man to prison. The girl was fined $25 and had a stay of execution due to a promise of good behavior. She was released to her grandparents on Rhode Island Street."

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