Scott Co, Iowa Crime Files - 1872

Contributed by Cathy Labath

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott, Iowa

Jan 2, 1872
Police Court

Richard Roe got drunk and it cost him five dollars. He could have done it for half the money, but the policeman interfered. Richard was well dressed.

James Riley was a drunk and disorderly, and drew on his banker for the usual fine and costs, and hunted up a quiet place to sober off in.

Tom Gillen started a tramping dry goods house without any license except his own word that he was a “Chicago Sufferer.” He couldn’t stand $15 and costs , so went to jail.

Jan 5, 1872 

Justice court.

Heran Lorenz, the young man of 16, who robbed his employer, Mr. McCullough of merchant tailoring goods, and sold them at ruinous rates about this city and Rock Island, has been adjudicated into the Reform School. The peculations amounted to about $300, according to his own admissions. He will have to wait several years for a vacancy in the said school, unless it is enlarged.

Jan. 6, 1872

Police Court
Patrick Heeney was prosecuted by Bridget Higgins, inasmuch as he was turbulent, and wickedly demonstrated in the use of threats, profane language, maliciously attributing defendants existence to quadrupedal origin; for which a fine of $4 and costs was righteously assessed.

Jan 8, 1872

Justice Court

Frank Hand, Charley Hand and Billy Herling are up before Justice Thorington, on the charge of petit larceny. It seems these young gents are in the habit of watching their opportunity and stealing light articles left in halls and on counters in stores where a strict watch is not kept. Two of these chaps robbed Mrs. Stacey on Fourth street, west of Hoyt’s music store and the other is supposed to be the one that cleaned little Jimmy Doyle out, of the means he robbed Mr. Seamans little son of. They have parents in this community who are no better than they should be; and it is to be hoped these half grown boys will be dealt with, and the second hand store that is in the habit of trading with these young scamps. The trial comes of at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

Police Court.

Patrick Higgins disturbed the public peace and quiet of this moral town in general and Patrick Henry in particular, three dollars worth and costs.

Jan 9, 1872

Police Court

Two cases before Justice Peters-one, Martin Garvey, for intoxication, fined $1 and costs, which he paid. J.C. Rawley, for peddling jewelry, without license, was fined $15 and costs.

Jan 11, 1872

Justice’s Court.

Willie Webb, a young lad, was up before Justice Thorington, on the charge of stealing several and sundry things from the store of Chas. E. Daly. The Justice had compassion on him and sent Willie to the Reform School.

Jan 13, 1872

The Courts

Justices Court-The trial of the young lads, Frank Hand and Billy Huerling, for stealing an overcoat from A.W. Vanderveer, W.H. Lundy, of Rock Island, bought the coat. In progress before Justice Thorington, as we go to press.

Police Court.

Mollie Hill, or Mollie Wilson, which you please, a notorious person of the female persuasion, taken up yesterday for being drunk and disorderly, was up before Justice Peters. Case is in progress as we go to press.

Jan 14, 1872

A Chawing Business.

James Horath and John Wilhelmson got into  a row today. James got drunk, and they had a squabble. Horath got Wilhelmson’s finger between his teeth, and chawed it unmercifully-so badly that it is feared he will lose it. Wilhelmson this afternoon swore out a warrant before Justice Thorington, placed it in the hands of Constable Wunderlich, and now, perhaps Horath is in limbo. Wilhelmson is a butcher-firm of Wilhemson & Nargang. Horath was formerly a resident of this city, but now lives in Rock Island.

Police Court.

Chas. Bancroft was arrested this morning for vagrancy, lying about in the streets, without any visible lawful means of support. Justice Peters fined him $5 and costs, which being unable to pay, he was sent up.

Jan. 17, 1872
Police Court

     A man named Thompson was up before Justice Peters this morning on a charge of intoxication. Fined $2 and costs, which he paid.  

Jan 20, 1872

The Courts.
Justice’s Court.
     State vs. Henry Stuckrodt. The defendant is charged with obtaining goods under false preteses, G. Freburg is plaintiff in this case, which comes off before Justice Thorington this afternoon.
Police Court.
     Henry Houton was up before Justice Peters charged with intoxication. Fined $2.80 and costs, which he paid.

     John Hove, for vagrancy, was fined $5 and costs, which not being able to pay, he was committed.

Jan 21, 1872

The Courts.
Justice Court.
     The case of the Satte vs. James  Graham, is before Judge Thorington as we go to press. James is charged with stealing a pair of skates from Joseph Lindley.
Police Court.
     A young person, giving her name as Maggie W. Bailes, was arrested for leading an immoral and profligate life, and fined $5 and costs, part of which she paid, and got trusted for the rest.

     Yesterday produced quite a crop of drunks, and three unfortunates showed themselves before Justice Peters, this morning. One was Louis Jones, who was fined $4 and costs; Washington Jutt, fined $3 and costs; and Thomas Jennings $2.80 and costs. They were unable to settle the bill, and as a consequence were sent up to work it out on the stone pile.  

Jan 29, 1872
Police Court.

     Two cases before Justice Peters. Thos. Price, for intoxication, was fined $4 and costs, which he could not settle, and was sent up to board it out at the jail.

     Leo Fisher was up for vagrancy, and fined $5 and costs, and not being able to settle, he was sent up.

Feb . 1, 1872

Police Court.
     A good start for the next month at this court of Justice. The following cases were up today.
     Against Wm. Brown, for assault and battery. Fined $1 and costs, which he paid.
     Wm. Colman was up on the charge of resisting officers Keating and Finch. He was fined $10 and costs, part of which he paid.
     Wm. Schutt got intoxicated, was arrested, tried and fined $3 and costs, which he will pay tomorrow.
     Thos. Kane, for disturbing the public peace, was fined $3 and costs.
     Another case against Thos. Kane; fined $3 and costs, which he promises to pay.

Feb. 5, 1872

     On the morning of Oct. 7th, 1869, the dead body of F.W. Ehrig was found in the cistern, rear of St. Anthony's Church. Great excitement prevailed,- everybody wondering how he came there. He had been seen late the previous evening, and was in sound mind, and not under any intoxicating influence.
    There was a strong suspicion of foul play, and the matter was placed in competent hands to be worked up. The city offered a reward of $1,000, and the Odd Fellows, of whom membership he was, offered an additional $500 for detection and conviction of his murderer.
    By many persons it was thought he was intoxicated, perhaps, and accidentally got into the well while under temporary inebriety; and so the matter has been resting for over two years.
    Meantime, however, detectives have had the matter in hand, and the supposition now is that the murderers have been identified. The following, and other similar letters, have been received by the authorities here:

    TOLEDO, OHIO, Feb. 2, '72.
Sheriff, Scott Iowa:
    DEAR SIR: please inform me if within about two years ago, a man by the name of Erich (Ehrig) was murdered in Davenport and thrown into a well. If so, please give me the particulars as far as you know; what was the motive and whether any suspicion rests on some person? what is the ground of suspicion? have you found near the place where the murder was committed, a broken cane or part of one. State whether a reward for the arrest and conviction, or information which will lead to the arrest of the murderer and his conviction has been offered; what amount has been offered; if you have any handbills, offering a reward in your possession, or can procure one, please forward it to my address, and oblige your obedient servant,    
    Sergeant of Police

    It appears that at the time of the supposed murder, there was a printer by the name of James Olcutt, working in the Gazette Office in this city. He had with him in his rooms in Wupperman's Block, a woman who went as his wife. By some she was regarded as a woman of doubtful virtue. Olcutt had a suspicion that there was something wrong in his domicile, and on the night of the 5th of October, it is said the deceased was assailed by Olcutt in his room, or in the hall leading thereto; that a scuffle ensued, and that Ehrig was pitched backward down the back stairs that he was stunned by the fall; that he was supposed to be dead; was taken up by the man Olcutt and wife, and carried across Fifth street, where they broke off some fence palings, and took the body into the Catholic church lot, and put it into the cistern where it was found. The falling backwards down stairs is corroborated by the contusion, which, it will be remembered, was noticible on the back of the victim's head after taken out. It will also be remembered that the doctors pronounced the body alive when he got into the cistern, there being water in the lungs, and that this gave strength to the theory that he fell in; but it is now used to strengthen the theory that the blow did not kill, but stunned him; and that in this state he was drowned by Olcutt and wife.
    The upshot of the whole matter probably is, at least it it the theory, that Olcutt and his paramour who left here some little time after the occurrence, have fallen out, and that the police of Toledo, where they live, have got a clue to the affair; hence the above letter to sheriff Leonard.
    There seems to be but little doubt among those who worked at the case that Ehrig came to his death in a similar manner to that above stated.
    Olcutt was a Moline boy; learned his trade on the Rock Island Union; had been here a year or so when this tragedy transpired; was suspicioned by his fellow workmen of having had something to do with Ehrig's disappearance.
    In a few days there will probably be further developments; and it is probable that all the particulars are already under arrest.

The Courts.
District Court-
    Criminal Docket comes first for trial this term. There are twenty-two cases, none of which can be said to have any great public interest.
    State vs. White, for seduction; prosecuting witness having previously secured a pretty heavy verdict in money at civil suit, this criminal action was dismissed at defendant's cost.
    State vs. Koehler; assault with intent to commit great bodily injury. William Lorenz, the prosecuting witness invited defendant out to fight; a fair knock down under the rules of the P.R. Defendant was too much for Billy, and knives were produced; some little blood was shed, and the defeated pugilist brought suit. Plea of guilty; $20 and costs.
    State vs. Devore, the defendant charged with stealing a watch from J.J. Kane on trial by jury this afternoon. Ellis for State; Foster & Gabbert for defendant.

Feb. 6, 1872

    Rumored Arrest- Justice Thorington informs us that he learns that a telegram was received in the city to-day from Toledo, announcing the arrest of Olcutt and paramour, the supposed murderer of Ehrig, and that they were already being brought to this place.

    District Court- Case of State vs Devore, larceny of watch alleged to have been stolen from Kane's saloon in this city. No evidence appearing to corroborate the charge, the jury returning a verdict of "not guilty" without leaving their seats.
    State vs Thomas Atkinson; defendant having to into a spree with several others out on the Wapsie, last fall, made some mischief; afterwards went before a Justice, plead guilty and was fined. An aggrieved party had him arrested upon the same charge whereof he had already accused himself, and being brought before a Justice of this city was again fined- $10 and costs. On ground of previous adjudication, defendant appealed to Judge Richman's court, which sustained the findings of the inferior court, but it coming to the attention of the judge that the defendant had recently suffered serious loss by fire, rendering money very scarce with him, the fine was reduced to the nominal sum of $1. Ellis for State; J.W. Thompson for defendant.
    J.J. Andrews, law student from Lyons, appeared, and on motion of L.A. Ells, Esq., was turned over to Herman Block, and H.M. Martin, Esqs. to show cause why he should be admitted to practice in the District Court of the State. He was accordingly investigated, and it appearing to the satisfaction of eh committee that he had a good case, he admitted, accordingly, Mr. Andrews goes immediately to the southwestern part of the State, where lawyers are scarce and clients numerous, where he will hang out his sign. May he prosper according to his merits.
    Kober vs. Littler; for foreclosure; default taken.
    State vs. Schroeder & Heuer; defendants charged with buying property which they knew to be stolen-otherwise that they were on the "fence." It appears that a pair of worthless also residents of this city did steal-at least they have been found guilty of taking without leave-certain copper fixtures appertaining to a defunct distillery of one G.W. Haun, of the city of Lyons; that they bought the plunder to Davenport in a skiff, which they likewise appropriated to their own use, without the owner's consent; that they got a dray and took it to the store of defendants, who deal in rags and old junk generally, and sold it to them at regular trade prices; that some weeks thereafter the defendants shipped the copper to Chicago, where they had sold it. A few days after the shipments, Mr. Haun appeared at defendant's store, and not obtaining from them such information as was deemed perfectly satisfactory, brought suit against them. The defendants had been ready for trial several times, but had not been able to get it, so when the case was called in its order yesterday morning, and the persecuting witness failed to appear, as he had repeatedly done, the Court announced, that unless he did so appear to morrow (this) morning, the case would be disposed of. On opening the Court this morning Mr. Haun not having appeared, the case was dismissed, and the defendants and their witnesses departed in peace, Ellis, for State; Bills & Block for the defendants.
    State vs. Robert Melzer, Jonathan and Herman Day; action for maliciously burning straw, contrary to special statutes. It appears that Michael O'Dea, a Hickory Grove farmer, had a tract of 120 acres rented of Kent & Goldsbury, as agents; that O'Dea had sub-leased 40 acres to Day, one of the defendants (the other being his son's) for an advance price. As the O'Dea lease had nearly expired, Kent and Goldsbury informed defendant that he might as well take a lease from them at the price paid by O'Dea, and save the advance price, which he did. It also appears that during  the last year of his lease O'Dea had left on some wheat land, scattered about, a quantity of straw, which was in the way of defendants when they came to plow. This they burned up, to get rid of. Hence the action. The other side claim that the straw was valuable; that it was about to be taken away, and that it was burned maliciously in the violation of a plain statute. Treat by jury.
    Taking testimony occupied but a short time, after which the jury promptly returned a verdict of "not guilty." It was one of those miserable sort of cases that rarely ever miss getting into Court when originally falling into the hands of a professional grand jury. Ellis for state; J.T. Lane for defense.
    State vs. Schwartz; discharged on $1 fine and costs.
    State vs. Smith; larceny of watch; plea of guilty; sentence reserved. Ellis for State; Foster and Gabbert for defendant.
    State vs. Mary Heffron; assault with intent to commit injury; plea of guilty; sentence reserved.

Feb. 7, 1872

The Courts.
District Court.

State vs. Prage, charged with malicious mischief. Defendant failed to put in an appearance; default takes and bail forfeited.

State vs. Foy, charged with resisting an officer. It appearing that no arrest had been made, the case was stricken from the docket of this term.

State vs. Ruge: assault with intent to commit great bodily injury; the defendant having whipped a neighboring woman and her little girl, on account of the little girl having struck defendant's little boy. Rue being called in open court, was not in hearing distance, and was defaulted accordingly and his bond of $200 for appearance declared to be forfeited.

State vs. Delaney; charged with murderous assault upon Dr. Lyon, who came near losing his life at defendant's hands; motion for continuance on account of illness of his Attrorney, Judge Murphy; also for the further reason that he expects to prove by high authorities and other evidence that he himself, was working under a spell of insanity when he so fiendishly stabbed Dr. Lyon. The motion was sustained, and the trial of the case is put over till the May term, when we shall see how much there is in the plea of insanity.

State vs. Gustave and Anna Priester, charged with keeping house of ill-fame; motion for continuance overruled.

State vs. Rogers; charged with forcibly ejecting one Schmink from a street car, of which he was driven. It appears from testimony that the man Schmink with several others were boisterous and unmindful of the rules of the line; that they were frequently reminded of it by the driver; and that finally there was a sort of matinee down on the corner of Western Avenue and Third; the Schmink party would go on further, but he made a fuss about paying; the driver ordered them out; Schmink was opposed to the order; driver procured a pebble from the gutter about the same way that David got his pebbles from the brook, when he went forth to fight Goliath; and in the melee smote Schmink on his forehead about where Goliath got hit-at all events S. left the car with an awning over his eyes, as it were, and the car went on. Trial by jury.

Ellis for State; Foster and Hubbell for defendant.

State vs. Lyon; for resisting an officer. Defaulted, and recognizance forfeited.

Feb 8, 1872

The Courts
District Court

Criminal docket well-nigh disposed of this forenoon-a case or two not quite prepared being all that was left.

In the case of Rogers, the street car driver, the jury returned a righteous verdict of “not guilty”; and this is to say that when a passenger ceases to be a man and becomes a brute-disregarding all wholesome rules of the company, as well as all general decencies, that the driver may put him out, even though in so doing he uses extraordinary measures.

State vs. Messinger; defendant charged with defending himself with a razor from the dangerous assaults of a hag who insisted on becoming a member of his household. It appears that the defendant defended himself too much, and upon plea of guilty was fined $50.00 and costs.

State vs. Friday; defendant accused of a threat to chastise a recreant schoolmaster in District No. 2, Rockingham-which schoolmaster has since been dismissed by the Board. No one appearing to prosecute, case dismissed.

Grand Jury reported true bills against Wm. Harding and Frank Hand for stealing A.W. Vanderveer’s coat and gloves on the 6th of Jan. last; plea of guilty of petit larceny; jail 30 days.

Against Willie Schmidt for larceny-stealing some sixty dollars from J.W. Bogarth, at the Ferry House, in Davenport last.

Police Court

Four cases before Justice Peters today, as follows: Geo. H. Wilson, for being intoxicated, was fined $2.80 and costs, part of which he paid. Jacob Nelson, for vagrancy, was taxed $5 and costs, and being unable to pay, was committed. John Flynn, was arrested for disturbing the public peace of his neighbors, and was fined there for $5 and costs and committed.

Feb. 12, 1872

Police Court

John Connelley was up on a charge of petit larceny. He had stolen a sack; in fact he seemed to have a peculiar fondness for sacks, he having stolen one or two before. The sack was worth about forty cents, but as this was a repetition of the offense Justice Peters fined him 100 times the value-$40 and costs. He could not pay this, and was sent to jail for thirty days.

Feb. 13, 1872

The Courts.

District Court.

     Grand jury indict John Harms for assault and intent to commit murder, which is a serious affair, and will cause the man a good deal of trouble.

Police Court.

     One drunk before Justice Peters, Nicholas West, fined $2.80 and costs, sent up, only that and nothing more.

Feb. 14, 1872

The Courts.

District Court.

     The Grand Jury return a true bill against Wm. Burris-a chicken thief-he having plucked C.F. Hanemann’s roosting pole to the extent of 25 pullets, adjudged to be worth $6.25-and placing Wm. B. in the category of a petit larcerner.
     Against Charles Hoffbauer, City Marshall of the city of Buffalo, William Kelly, George Bald, George Kuhn and W.S. Bales-finding them all guilty of assault with intent to inflict great bodily injury upon the person of August Wolter, a farmer, living near Buffalo, last fall.

Feb. 15, 1872

The Courts.

     Wm. Burris, indicted for stealing 25 chickens from Hanneman, owned up to pulling twenty, whereupon he was fined $14 and costs, which makes rather dear chicken meat for William.

Feb. 16, 1872

Davenport Percocity.

      Jimmy Watson, a juvenile Davenporter, and formerly a train boy on the D. & St. P., was brought before a Justice in Maquoketa, the other day, and charged with larceny, he having stolen a pocket book, containing $57 from Mr. DeGear, of that place. After having stolen this, he went to Chicago, but finding business dull there, he returned to this city, and was met by Conductor Axtell, who induced the boy to go to Maquoketa with him. Jimmy offered to disgorge what he had left, about $21 provided nothing was done with him, to which Mr. DeGear assented, and the money was paid over. In the meantime, Mr. Stiles, of the Midland House, had missed a revolver, a small amount of money, and a trunk belonging to one of the servant girls, all of which Jimmy acknowledged to have stolen, but which he said could not be restored, as he had given them to a friend. The boy was bound over for trial at the next term of the District Court, and will undoubtedly take up his residence at the Reform School.

Feb. 17, 1872

The Courts.

District Court.
     The Buffalo school district litigation was decided this morning in favor of the defendants.

     Sheriff Leonard this morning received by mail a pardon from the Governor of the State-pardoning John Heiser, who was convicted at this term of the court of the crime of forgery. In that he forged the name of J.M. Sellen to an attachment bond. He was sentenced to three months in the penitentiary, but on petition of the legal gentleman in the case, and other influential parties, full pardon was granted and he is not at liberty.

Feb. 19, 1872

The Courts.

Justice Court.

     The case of F. Deutschman against C. Graf, Christ Thus, John Russert, Xavier Ott, and Sebold Wherie for assault and battery is up before Justice Thorington this afternoon. J.D. Campbell and J.P. Dosh are attorney for Deutschman and W.H. Foster and James T. Lane for defense.
     The complaint of M. Buhrow against the above defendants was settled this morning by their paying about $25 and costs of the suit.

     The trial of McIntosh for forgery is adjourned till Wednesday morning. The witnesses have all arrived and are now waiting further proceedings.

Police Court.

      One drunk before Justice Peters, but as this individual promises to reform we forbear publishing his name. He was fined $2.80 and costs, which he has paid.

Feb. 20, 1872
Police Court

     Nich Casey, an unfortunate person of he masculine persuasion, was up before the justice this morning, on a charge of disturbing the peace. He was fined $4 and costs, which he paid.
    A man named Viele was up on a similar charge. He also was fined $4 and costs which he will pay if nothing happens.

Feb. 24, 1872
Police Court

    Two individuals who should know better, were up before Justice Peters today, for leading an immoral and profligate course of life. Their names are Sam Wallace and a woman named Lena Williams. They were discovered in disgraceful circumstances last night. As they were old offenders, the Justice fined Wallace $20 and costs and Lena $5 and costs. Neither could pay and will work it out cracking rock.

Feb . 26, 1872
Broke Jail.

    The boy, Frank Hand, 20 years old, who was in jail for stealing an overcoat, some time last month, escaped from the stone yard, a day or two ago, and nothing has been seen or heard of him since. He was convicted of larceny in the Justices’ Court, and sent up to await trial at the District Court. The Grand Jury indicted him of grand larceny, but Hand, pleading guilty, a compromise was made, and instead of being sent to the penitentiary, he went back to jail for thirty days. He had worked out a good portion of his time, and had but sixteen days yet to serve. It was a bad move for him, as, if he is caught now, he will have a harder sentence to work out. Officers have been after him for some time, but it is believed he has crossed the river, and left for other parts.

Feb. 27, 1872

Police Court.
    One George Brown, a colored man, was taken up for vagrancy, having no visible means of support. He was fined $5 and costs and sent up.

March 4, 1872

Police Court.
    A man named Peter O’Heara was arrested for intoxication, and this morning fined $2.80 and costs, for which he left his watch as security.
    A man named Frank Stauffenbill, was up on a charge of assault and battery, and was fined $10 and costs, which he paid. He was also charged with keeping a house of ill-fame, to which charge he will answer tomorrow morning.

March 5, 1872

Police Court
    The man Stauffenbill was brought up this morning to answer to the charge of keeping a house of ill-fame, and pleading guilty, was fined $10 and costs, which he paid.
    Amanda Dorning was up on the charge of stealing a gold thimble from the house of Rev. E. Miller. She was fined $1.50 and costs, which was paid.
    For stealing a locket and chain from A.P. Alexander, a young girl named Lizzie Kane was fined $10 and costs, and sent to jail.
    But one victim of intemperance was before the justice today. His name was Morris Henry. He was fined the usual sum, $2.50 and costs, and will work it out at the stone yard.
    Two individuals named H.H Harmon and Mary E. Kinsey, were arrested for leading a profligate and immoral course of life, were brought before Justice Peters and fined $5 and costs, which was paid, and they departed in peace.

March 7, 1872

Police Court.
    A woman named Jennie McLaughlin was up on a charge of assault and battery on the person of Mary Messenger. The assault was committed last 5th of February, and the warrant for her arrest has been in the hands of officers ever since, and it was likely to remain there, as she had taken up her residence in Rock Island. But Jennie was rash enough to return to this city, where she was instantly nabbed by the police. She was brought before the justice who fined her $10 and costs, which she will board out at the county stone yard. 

    Henry Dohrman, a hide and leather merchant, on Second street, had a clerk named August Otto in his employ for some time, up to February 1, when he was discharged. It is supposed that he then went to Des Moines. Another clerk went out there a few days ago, and then discovered that Otto had been collecting bills there in the name of the house, on his own account. He immediately telegraphed home, to have Otto arrested, as it appears he came back again. But he was nowhere to be found, and it is reported that he left her for other parts last Tuesday. He is a defaulter to the amount of $400, which, of course, Dohrmann loses. It seems that he was engaged to be married on next Monday evening, which pleasant little affair will hardly come off.

March 9, 1872

Police Court.
    Only one case before Justice Peters today. Thomas Mayer got drunk, was arrested and fined $2 and costs, which he will work out at the jail. 

March 15, 1872

Arrested for Larceny
    Last night officers Keating and Seims arrested a colored man named Nathan Wilson, who it was discovered had stolen several numbers of gaiters and slippers from Wm. Gray & Son, and Fred Struck, all of which were found in his house. This morning he was brought up before Justice Peters and plead guilty to the charge, and was fined $100 and costs in default of which he was sent to jail for two months. The reason for his fine being so high, is in fact that he has been convicted several times before of stealing boots and shoes, and this last conviction made the fourth. He will undoubtedly get over his weakness for boots and shoes before long.

March 19, 1872

Police Court.

    John Lyons got drunk, and as a natural consequence, was arrested and brought before the justice, who fined him $5 and costs, he being an old offender. He went to jail.

    John Bickermore was up, charged with being drunk, was fined $2.80 and costs, which he paid.

    A man named Allison was brought up on a like charge, and fined $2.80 costs, which he was unable to pay, and so was committed.

    Andy Stewart was found guilty of disturbing the public peace, contrary to law, and against the dignity of the State of Iowa, and was fined $2 and costs, which he will work out at the stone yard.

Circuit Court.

The Martin-Dobbins case concluded-decision reserved.

    Case of Peter Arp vs. A. Frank, action for damages, Jury trial. It seems that Frank sold Arp some burning fluid whereby Arp got badly burned on the hands, face, and body. Bells & Block for plaintiff; Martin & Murphy for defendant.

March 25, 1872

Police Court.

    Monday brought its usual crop of drunks and which are as follows:

    William Johnson for intoxication, was taxed the sum of $2.80 and costs, and act having the necessary funds, went to jail.

    A man with no name, for the same offense was fined $2 and costs, which he paid.

    Andrew Anderson, for being drunk, was fined $2 and costs. Paid.

    Another nameless individual was charged with disturbing the public peace, was hauled up, and fined $2 and costs, part of which he paid.

March 27, 1872

Circuit Court

    Thos. F. Keating vs. C.R.I. & P. Co., action “Malicious mischief.” Plaintiff sets up that on the 26 of July last he bought a ticket at Muscatine for Rock Island over defendant’s road; that his credentials were taken up before reaching Davenport; that ten cents, bridge fare, was demanded, which he refused to pay; that he was put off the train, and for such indignity, assault, and loss of time, he brings suit, claiming damages in the sum of $1,000. Jury trial: Stewart & Armstrong for plff; Cook & Bruning for defendant.


    A man named James Mahon, wanted to get across the new bridge last night, and on being refused used insolent and indecent language toward the watchman. Capt. J.A. Miller, who after standing as much as he cared to, arrested him, and he was this morning brought before Justice Peters and fined $5 and costs, and was sent out of the city.

March 28, 1872

Circuit Court.

    The jury in the case of Keating vs. C.R.I. & P. R. Co. brought in a verdict for plaintiff for $8.10. It is easy enough to see that the ten cents is for the bridge ticket alleged to have been improperly taken up by the conductor; but if the eight dollars is to pay plaintiff’s traveling expenses to attend court, and the reasonable charges of his attorneys, then we can’t see it at all.

    Dejean vs. Richter, Henseler & Co; action for alleged breach of contract growing out of the purchase of a hard wood raft. Jury trial; Brown, Campbell & Sully for Plaintiff; Davison & True for Defendants. 

Police Court.

    A man named Mathias Cooper was arrested for being a vagrant. He was brought before Justice Peters, and his trial set for tomorrow. In default of $150 bail he was sent to jail.

April 3, 1872
Police Court.

Matthew Andrew was up before Justice Peters, charged with drunkenness. He was fined $2.80 and costs, which he paid. Another man was up for disturbing the peace. And fined $3.00 and costs, which he paid.

April 10, 1872
Police Court.

Chas. Pelton was before Justice Peters, charged with assault and battery for which he was fined $1.00 and costs, part of which he paid.

Wm. Barnes was found guilty of being drunk, consequently he was fined $2 and costs, and went to jail in default.

April 11, 1872

Police Court.
Michael Noell was brought before Justice Peters, this morning, charged with disturbing the peace. He was fined $4 and costs, which he was unable to pay, and was sent to the county Bastile to work it out.

April 12, 1872

Police Court.
John McCoy was brought before Justice Peters this morning, charged with intoxication. He was fined $3 and costs, and time given him to pay.

April 13, 1872

Knocked Down and Robbed.
Hans Pelagman, a farmer, while going home from this city, on Thursday evening, was robbed of $50. He was walking, and alone. After leaving the Six Mile House, he discovered that some one was following him, but did not take much notice of it. He had gotten about two miles east of that place, and near home, when he was knocked down and his money taken from him. He has no idea of who committed the outrage, nor has any clue yet been found to point to him.

April 15, 1872.
A Scoundrel

     Stephen Mulloney lives in Moline and hauls highwines. He delivered a load in Rock Island on Saturday and on returning stopped at the St. Louis Exchange, a place infamous. His wife learned the fact that he had stopped there several times before, and following him she saw the team standing at the door, and told Marshal Mitsch to get it for her. She drove up town, and the Marshal searched the premises for the rascal, but could not find him. Mulloney made his escape from the house, followed the wagon to the court house, when he got in and commenced abusing his wife, and kicking her out of the wagon. Marshal Mitsch with two or three officers, followed the wretch and arrested him. Mrs. Mulloney was sadly wounded. In all probability the miserable den where Mulloney went into will be shut up, and Rock Island will be fire of its foul presence. We have some such iniquitous hell holes in our city which we wish could be crushed never to come to life again.

     Midnight Plunderers. On Saturday night the house of Mr. A. Burdick, near Fifteenth and Perry, was entered by burglars, and a sack and a half of flour as well as about $20 worth of clothing were stolen. Mr. Dittoe, living near by, found a piece of rope in his yard next morning, and surmises that it was their intention to hang hi. An article of clothing was also found near Judge Linderman’s. Nothing is known as to who perpetrated the theft.

Police Court.

     Two State offences before Justice Peters today. One was a gambling case. Wm. Turner and John Thompson were arrested for playing cards for money, in the Farmer’s saloon on Second near Filmore. They were each fined $1 and costs, which was paid.

     John Lee was brought up on a charge of assault and battery, prefered by his wife, whom he had struck in the head in a very brutal manner. He was fined $10 and costs,  which he paid.

April 16, 1872

Police Court.

     Pat Moloy was brought up for being drunk, and was fined $2 and costs, which he paid.

     A man named Blessington was up on a like charge, and was fined $2 and costs, and went to jail in default.

     Two Italian boys, named Pepin Warren and Frank Bein, were up for disturbing the peace, and fined $3.00 each and costs, which they paid, as follows: $4 in one dollar bills, 5 fifty cent pieces, 50 five cent pieces, and the balance in 10 and 15 cent pieces. They were still one dollar short, and they took out 100 coppers and offered them, when the Justice told them to keep them and go in peace. They are two orphan boys; one left Italy about a year ago, and the other has been here for four years. The oldest, Bein, is quite intelligent, and can speak English fluently. They have been all over this country getting a living as strolling players. They attempted to play in a saloon contrary to the wishes of the proprietor and were arrested as disturbers of the peace. They seemed glad to get off so easily. 

April 20, 1872

Police Court
     One drunk before Justice Peters to-day. His name was William Johnston, and he languishes in jail because he could not pay a $2 fine and costs.

April 22, 1872
Police Court.

     A nameless individual was brought up for being drunk, and fined $2 and costs, which he paid.

     For being an habitual drunkard, James Kelly was brought before Justice Peters, and placed under bonds of $150 in default of which he went to jail. He was found in a very dilapidated condition in the second story of Hill’s block, over Hewitt’s store.

April 25, 1872
A Wife Beater in Limbo.

     John Lee, the man who amused himself beating his wife, a week or two ago, was brought up before Justice Thorington a day or two ago and was discharged on his promising to leave the State. This promise, it seems, he did not fulfill. Last night about twelve, he went to the residence of his brother-in-law, on the bluff, and asked for something to eat, which he received. He then went to the house where his wife now resides and commenced making a terrible row. He was rearrested on the old warrant, and taken to jail, since when he has been or assumed to be, crazy and has been under lock and key.

Fast Driving.

     Two Buffalo coal miners, named Charles Sellers, and John Rees, were arrested last evening for fast driving. They were in a wagon driving with great speed toward town, and run into the wagon of a man named Henry Ruge, damaging his rig $40 worth. Ruge got out a warrant, and they were brought before Justice Peters this morning. They pleaded guilty, and were each fined $5 and costs. They agreeing to settle with Ruge, he did not prosecute them. Sellers paid, and Rees, was given seven days in which to pay. They have evidently learned a lesson which they will not forget very soon.

April 30, 1872
Police Court.

     A case of the rights of bar-keepers was up before Justice Peters this afternoon. A man named Knocke had been a constant frequenter of the saloon of Louis Lorenzen, who did not particularly like him, as he was too forward. The other night he came in and called for something to drink, but the bar-keeper who claims to have been asleep, did not heed him. Knocke then commenced acting in an ungentlemanly manner, and Mr. Lorenzen put him out. Knocke immediately claimed $65 worth of damaged character and rights, and the case is being heard.