Holyoke Snippets — March 28, 1900

by Laurel | March 28th, 2013

28 March 1900

Max Laskin, a dealer in second hand articles, was before the police court yesterday morning on the charge of violating the city ordinance which requires such dealers to make report to the police office of the goods purchased by them. The particular article which Laskin did not report was the overcoat that was stolen at the dining-room on Main street a few days ago. His case was continued until today.

The arrest of Schlatter, the “divine healer,” in an Indiana town, recalls the fact that Schlatter, or a man with long black hair and a desire to cure the evils of the flesh, held forth in Holyoke last summer. He rather bungled the healing business, but escaped from Holyoke without much trouble.

Two Holyoke Cases on Trial — The $25,000 suit of Ellsworth Aiken of Holyoke against the Holyoke Street Railway Company was placed on trial in the superior court yesterday afternoon. The plaintiff is a child eight years old, and sues by his next friend. The action is brought to recover for the loss of an arm as the result of being run over by one of the company’s cars on Appleton Street in Holyoke in 1898. The little boy was returning from school when the accident happened. In running across Appleton Street he was struck by the car fender and turned about in such a way that he was thrown against the side of the vestibule. He seized the brass handles and the door and was able to draw himself on to the step and stand up. The plaintiffs contend that though the little fellow called out for the motorman to stop the car, it was not stopped, but on the contrary increased its speed. After a time the rocking of the car shook the boy off and he fell under the wheels, one arm being so crushed that it was amputated. The case was opened, and will proceed this morning. Green and Bennett are for the plaintiff, Brooks and Hamilton for the defendant.

The jury in the case of James J. Sullivan, administrator of the estate of John Woods, against John P. Lynch was sent out yesterday afternoon. The plaintiff sues for the death of the Woods child by falling though an unprotected skylight in the roof of the defendant’s block in Holyoke. The defense was put in yesterday, the contention being that the defendant had instructed that the roof should only be used for the purposes of a place to dry clothes. The jury will report in the morning.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

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