Big Police Court Grist

by Laurel | September 4th, 2009

September 4, 1902, Page 8

There was a big attendance at the police court session yesterday morning, and Jews, Poles and Romance cases rubbed elbows and compared probable fines and imprisonments. The award for being the most popular “drunk” was given by Judge Chapin to Catherine Renaud, who received two months in jail. The second prize went to Eugene Lyon, who was sent down one month for vagrancy. Simon Sivinski created wild excitement in the Polish settlement a few nights ago. When the minions of the law had him in their clutches he had nearly pounded the life out of John Cisco and had assaulted Kate Warhaw and some others, who escaped in the confusion and hid under the steps in Oliver street. He pleaded guilty to the charges, but sentence was deferred to see how much was left of Cisco. The judge will inspect him as soon as he can appear. Herbert Gamache was fined $5 for interfering with Officer McClellan who was arresting two men in South Holyoke Sunday night. His assault was a slight one or he would not have got off so easily. Frank Daniels, who does not strongly resemble the “Wizard of the Nile,” was fined $4 for drunkenness. The Hyman Zass and Isaac Judelson cases for having decayed meat on their premises were before the court. The cases were brought by the board of health. Zass paid a fine of $10 and Judelson’s case went over to tomorrow. Joseph Corbier, a boy who stole some change at Springdale park, was fined $3 for larceny, which was paid by loving relatives. Of the minor “drunks” three were fined $11 each, four $6 each, six $5 each and three were probated.

From The Springfield Republican.

[Note: The “Wizard of the Nile” reference probably was to the comedic burlesque operetta of the same name by Herbert & Smith, some slang terms evolved from this piece. You can easily find a copy of it on Google Books.]

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