Youthful Traveler in Court

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 22, 1904

Youthful Traveler in Court

Roy Langlius, Aged 16, Up For Vagrancy.

He Leaves Home in Illinois Because He Cannot Agree With His Step-Mother.

Roy Langlius, a youth of 16, was arraigned in police court this morning on the charge of being a vagrant. The boy was picked up by the police Thursday night and given lodging in the jail. This morning he was brought before the mayor and asked for an explanation. He said he left his home in Hoopton, Ill., last January, because he was unable to agree with his stepmother. He told his father he was going to leave home, and his father consented. Since leaving home the boy had traveled in Nebraska, Kansas, Indian Territory, Oklahoma, and in fact thruout the entire southwest.

“There was nothin’ doin’ in Kansas City or Omaha,” he explained, “and I came up this way.” He did not know where he was going, but seemed confident that he could look out for himself.

He was discharged after telling the mayor he was going to leave town.

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