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Gazette and Bulletin: January 15, 1906 – Police Stopped a Jollification

A party of seven men gave plenty of work to the police on Sunday morning between the hours of 2 and 5 o’clock. The seven were bent on having a good time and all of them are now guests of Sheriff Riddell at his big residence at the corner of William and Third streets. They

A party of seven men gave plenty of work to the police on Sunday morning between the hours of 2 and 5 o’clock. The seven were bent on having a good time and all of them are now guests of Sheriff Riddell at his big residence at the corner of William and Third streets. They will remain in the stone building until Wednesday afternoon when they appear before Alderman Stead to answer charges of forcible entry, larceny, and creating an affray.

The personnel of the party now in custody are Samuel Compton, Michael O’Hara, Andrew McCloskey, Charles Mosteller, Neil Murnane, James O’Brien, and O. Wolfe. They found trouble in an unusual manner. Either before or after midnight Saturday, they put in an appearance on the lower end of Queen Street, Newberry and broke into a house occupied by Katherine Baker, the woman being away from home at the time.

When Mrs. Baker returned to the house, she was astonished to ascertain that strangers were in possession. She informed some of the neighbors and soon as possible Patrolman Bair was notified. This was about 2 o’clock. The officer hastened to a telephone and informed headquarters of the circumstances and requested that several policemen be sent to his aid. A cab was hired from a livery stable and Roundsman Pincher and Patrolman Martin and Stitzer were detailed on the case in order to render all possible aid to Patrolman Bair.

When the squad of policemen reached the scene of the disturbance it was ascertained that the uninvited occupants of the Baker residence were making merry and indulging in boisterous behavior. The policemen raided the house and captured all of the revelers. A half-barrel of beer was confiscated by the officers as were two dressed chickens. The fowls had been stolen from the coop of Michael Seeger, the man occupying the adjoining house. They killed and dressed the chickens and were about to be put into the oven to be roasted when the preparations for the feast were interrupted by the unexpected arrival of the officers.

The policemen brought the half-barrel of beer, the chickens and a pan of feathers to City Hall. During the day the chickens were given to the rightful owner, but the beer and feathers will be held as evidence when the matter is aired in court. The cab was compelled to make two trips to Newberry to convey the seven prisoners to the City Hall. The last quota of offenders were placed behind bars by 5 o’clock.

The men forced entry into the home of Mrs. Baker. She claims they stole two dollars in a bureau in the bedroom. Mr. Seeger claims the men stole five other of his chickens several weeks ago.

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