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Forced to Choose Between Rain Water and Work

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The Fort Dodge Messenger: April 18, 1903

Forced to Choose Between Rain Water and Work

Awful Predicament of Three Hoboes in This Morning’s Police Court – Chose the Water.

Police court was rather busy this morning. Mayor Northrup having seven cases up before him. Of these three were tramps and they were given the choice of getting out of town in half an hour or going to work. The three of them chose to get out of town and the last seen of them they were “hiking” down the Central tracks towards Tara in the rain. This was not very comfortable but they preferred it to work. They gave their names as Frank Williams, Frank Hoyt and John Silley, but very probably forgot them as soon as they got out of court.

The other four cases were just plain drunks and none of them had any excuse for their condition, but were all eager in their promises to do better if they were let go. Mayor Northup is getting tired of promises of this kind and assessed them all fines and costs. All of them were “broke” so they went to jail. Frank Lynch, John Nuugent (sic), John Griffin and John Fitz were the four drunks. From the list of names it would seem the criminality was predominant among Franks and Johns with the Johns slightly in the lead.

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