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Archive for Tuesday, February 12, 2013

100 years ago: Two boys arrested after selling well drill for scrap

February 12, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 12, 1913:

  • "Two boys charged with having stolen a well drill weighing 400 pounds are being held in the county jail. The two were arrested Saturday night and will be tried in the juvenile court on a charge of robbery. The drill is said to be worth about $50 but the boys sold it to a junk dealer on the north side for $1. The boys say that they hauled the drill away in a wagon and they must have had considerable trouble in loading it owing to its excessive weight. The boys say that they found the drill in an alley, and did not realize its value. The dealer who bought the well drill, James Goechenour, was also arrested by the officers. It was charged that he failed to keep a record of his purchases as is required by law. This morning in police court he pleaded guilty and paid a fine amounting to $15.50."
  • "Ben Clawson, who was charged of grand larceny, was paroled at 1:30 o'clock today by Judge Smart; providing Clawson goes to work. Clawson has found work on a farm."
  • "Washington. -- A bill forbidding inter-marriage of whites with negroes, Chinese, Japanese or Maylays in the District of Columbia was passed by the House today."

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