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Scott Co, Iowa Crime Files - 1872

Contributed by Cathy Labath

Davenport Democrat
Davenport, Scott, Iowa

May 1, 1872
Police Court.
We were in error yesterday in regard to a police case. We stated that Mr. Knocke sued Louis Lorenzen for damages. This was a mistake; it was the barkeeper who sued for wages. Mr. Knocke being merely a witness.

One drunk up before the Justice. His name was John Rice, fined $2 and costs and sent up.


May 6, 1872
Police Court.
The return of warm weather has brought along with it a good crop of vices, as was shown this morning at the police court.

The first case was Jos. Hair, intoxication-fined $2 and costs, which he paid.

For vagrancy, and having no visible means of sustaining life, Frank Marshall was arrested and fined $5 and costs, and will expiate the offense in breaking rock.

 May 8, 1872
The three boys, Bach, Malcom and Garney, who created a disturbance in East Davenport, on Sunday afternoon, have been captured, and were this morning placed under bail for their appearance for trial tomorrow morning before justice Peters. 

A row occurred yesterday afternoon in the region of Harrison street, and a man named Hickey got so badly deoralized that he got out a warrant for the arrest of Noth, the brewer, and Daniel Stapleton. The case came up before Justice Thorington, and was dismissed. Hickey, however, was arrested for disturbing the peace, and taken before Justice Peters.

 May 9, 1872

District Court.

The case of Hillerman vs. Hillerman, is occupying the attention of the court this afternoon. The plaintiff, Mrs. Hillerman sues for a divorce from her husband on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment, Lane and Ingham for plaintiff; Hubbell for defendant. 

Police Court.

The three rioters, who yesterday gave themselves up to the authorities, were up for trial this morning and one fined $3 and costs, another $6 and costs, and the other $9 and costs, all of which they paid. They have evidently learned a lesson they will remember for some time.

 May 11, 1872

A Death Bed Confession

Most of our readers well remember the terrible tragedy that occurred near Warren street in the fall of ’69, when Mrs. Koenig and her two children were found drowned in a well, and how the husband and father was arrested on suspicion and subsequently discharged. Koenig, a Holsteiner by birth, and a tailor by trade, was though to be insane on account of his bereavement. He left this place about a year ago, and went back to Germany, since which time nothing has been heard from him, until now comes the news that Koenig has made a deathbed confession stating that he was accessory to the terrible crime. He and the mother drowned the two children after which he assisted her to commit suicide. What were the motives for so terrible a crime will probably never be known, except before the great tribunal, where now stands that whole family.

Grand Jury.

This body terminated its labors yesterday, after a remarkable session of vive days-remarkable for its brevity. The business was well attended to in proper style, and the expenses of the usually tedious four weeks’ session saved to the people. Three true bills were found-one against Mollie Wilson for smashing windows in Getting’s saloon, while under the influences of a powerful drunk one day last winter; one against Clarence McIntosh for forgery, and another against the same for uttering a forged bond, got up by him in order that he might do a sewing machine agency business of the Finkle & Lyons denomination, the particulars of which were given at the time of the arrest some months since.

 May 13, 1872

Escaped Capture of a Lunatic

A colored man named Foster, some time ago, was taken from jail and placed in Mercy Hospital, it being discovered that he was hopelessly insane, where he received good care and attention. He appeared to be in a fair way of recovering his reason. One day last week he escaped from the Hospital, and no one could find him. Some days afterwards he appeared in Princeton, to the great alarm of the women and children of that village. Last Thursday he was discovered in a skiff, sailing down the Mississippi without oar or sail. He was hauled to shore, wet through and half frozen, and taken before a justice of the peace, and by him sent to Davenport again. He got here on Saturday and was safely lodged in jail, where he now languishes, resting after his long excursion. 

District Court-

The court this morning was occupied in hearing motions, and not until this afternoon was a jury impannelled. The first case taken up was that of Lavina Meyers vs. Lippman Ochs, a suit wherein the defendant is charged with slander in calling the plaintiff improper names, and also with assault and battery. Martin & Murphy for plaintiff; Claussen for defendant.

Police Court.

The case of Holstein against Harms, for malicious mischief, in stabbing his colt, was concluded on Saturday afternoon, the defendant being held over to the next term of the District court.

Eliza Noonan, a female of rather tough reputation, was charged with intoxication, and fined $5 and costs, this being her second offense of this nature. She went to jail.

Lavina Cullers was up on a like charge, and fined $10 and costs, this being her tenth or twentieth offense in that line. She also will work it out in the stone yard.

Two individuals named Sherman and Brown were taken up for vagrants, without any visible or invisible means of support. They were fined $5 and costs each, and sent to jail.

May 15, 1872

The attention of the district court today has been directed to the case of Deffe vs. C.R.I. & P. Railroad Co. it appears that the plaintiff, Jacob Deffee, received serious injuries last May while in he employ of the railroad, by the falling of a bank under which he was working – breaking his legs- and sues the company, fixing damages at $10,000. Case pleading.

May 22, 1872

Delaney-Lyon Case.

In District Court this morning the case of State vs. Dennis Delaney was called Defendant in this action stands accused of wilfully and with malice aforethought, attempting to take the life of Dr. Geo F. Lyon, in this city, on the 14th day of October last, by stabbing him in the abdomen, also in the neck. The public will bear in mind the details of this tragic affair as they were fully given at the time by the press of the city. Against all expectation the Doctor recovered, and is now residing in Terrehaut, Indiana, but is present at Court as prosecuting witness.

The empanelling of the jury occupied the time of the court from 9 o’clock this morning, until half past two this afternoon. Thirty-four jurymen and tailsmen were called. The following is the jury before whom the case is to be tried:

Peter Ullam, D.C. Dutcher, Richard Hood, F.X. Bets, Louis Schlegel, Detlef Frahm, Johnson Maw, Abraham Curtis, Wm. Swaddoris, Samuel Clark, James Price, J.D. Morrison.

The case is conducted by Prosecuting Attorney Ellis, and John C. Bills for the State and Martin & Murphy for defense.

May 23, 1872

A Young Woman Hangs Herself in a Garret.

We are again called upon to chronicle a sad and startling case of suicide, which occurred in our midst today. The unhappy person who took her life was a young woman named Katie Kroe, who was living on Fifth street, a few doors west of Marquette street. She was found in a garret this morning , suspended from the ceiling with a rope. When she was found life was quite extinct. And the body stiff and cold. It cannot be ascertained for certain when she committed the deed as she was not missed until eleven o’clock this morning. The young lady was twenty-seven years old, was very fine looking and by birth a German. For some years past this young person, with a sister, has been living with a man named Gustaf Krohn; and it appears that he had married neither. Just one year ago the sister died, since which time the present unfortunate has been living with Krohn, ostensibly as his housekeeper. We, of course, cannot say, but undoubtedly the loose relations with the man may have incited the rash girl to commit the awful deed. This will be ascertained, perhaps in the inquest.

As soon as the discovery was made Mr. Krohn informed the neighbors and when we visited the house this afternoon, it was in charge of a young girl, and an old man, who was busy attending to the baby. Information was brought to Justice Thorington, and at about four o’clock he proceeded to the house and is holding an inquest as we go to press. Undoubtedly additional light will be thrown upon this mysterious case by the inquest.

The couple lived in a very respectable place, and seemed to be very well off in this world’s goods. So that poverty could have nothing to do with the case.

Before Jutice Thorington-

The State of Iowa vs. Mrs. Thomas Baker, Mrs. N.Price, Alfred Baker, Geo. Baker, John Binder, and Emily Baker; a case of riot, R.G. Webb, complainant. This case seems to be a family feud. The parties are provided with able counsel on both sides, and the case set for Monday for hearing.

The State vs. Mike Kelly; complainant by James Kelly; charge of threatening to cut to pieces the material elements that takes care of one’s food. The two Kellys are of no kin to each other, but James protests against being disemboweled, therefore he desires Mike put under bonds-The hearing came off this afternoon.

May 24, 1872

The Suicide

The coroners inquest over the remains of the unfortunate young woman, who took her life yesterday, was held yesterday afternoon. From which it would seem that we were in error in some of our statements made in yesterday’s Democrat and we are very much pleased to deny the wicked rumor which we gave credence to that Miss Kai lived in anything but honorable circumstances with her brother-in-law, Mr. Krohn, who was a hard working respectable cooper. It appears that she took her life from unhappiness and grief at the death of her sister and her sister’s child, and also from being informed by Dr. Hoepfner that she was far gone in consumption, and could not be cured. Many witnesses were examined, who all testified to the good character and domestic happiness of he family. The following is the verdict of the jury:

State of Iowa

Scott County

An inquisition holden at the residence of Gustave Krohn, south side of Fifth street, between Marquette and DeSoto streets, in Davenport, count yand State aforesaid on the 23rd day of May. A.D. 1872, before James Thorington. J.P. protem Coroner of the said county upon the body of Katrina Kai there lying dead by the Jurors whose names are hereto subscribed.

The said jurors upon their oats do say, we find that the deceased came to her death this day at about 10 o’clock. A.M. by hanging that the act was committed by herself, by means of a bed cord in the upper room of the building on these premises when under a temporary aberration of mind induced by sickness, supposed to be disease of the lungs.

In testimony were of the said jurors have hereunto set their hands the day and year aforesaid.

James Thorington, Ex Officio, Coroner pro tem.

The funeral took place today from the residence on Fifth street, and the remains were followed to the grave by the relatives of the deceased an friends and neighbors.

May 25, 1872

The Delaney Trial

This case will not end this week, neither will the evidence. Mary Raynor, superintendent of the Mt. Pleasant Insane Asylum, has been on the stand nearly all of today. His evidence is brought in to prove the insanity of Delaney at the time of the deed. The following witnesses have been examined today on the part of the defense. G. Henseler, Robet Nason, W. Barraclough, W. Baithwait, Ed Moran.

May 27, 1872

THE DELANEY TRIAL [Delaney accused of stabbing to death Geo. Lyon]
     Two more witnesses were examined this morning on the part of the prosecution, they bringing in rebutting testimony. At about twenty minutes past ten Prosecuting Attorney Ellis began the opening speech on the part of the State. His speech occupied nearly two hours. This afternoon H.M. Martin, Esq. opened on the part of the defense, making a very able plea for this unfortunate prisoner. Mr. Martin will be followed by Judge Murphy, after whom John C. Billa will close for the State. It is doubtful if the case will be given to the jury to-day.

POLICE ITEMS. - An individual of the female persuasion named Ella King was brought before the Justice charged with petit larceny, and fined $10 and costs which she will board out at the jail. Ella's crime was the stealing of a dress from the house of George F. Kramer, about the 20th of April. A warrant was gotten out for her arrest at the time, but she had departed, and was soon afterwards heard of in Port Byron. But in an unguarded moment she returned, and the police found her last night in a house of bad repute.
    Two drunks were punished by the fine of $2 and costs each, which were paid.
    Two individuals, named Isadel Hassett and John Jones, amused themselves yesterday morning in going from house to house and rapping on the doors of private residences, to the intense disgust of the inmates. They paid $3 and costs each for the fun.

    The case of the state against Mr. Thos. Baker, Mrs. N. Price, Alfred Baker, Geo. Baker, John Binder, and Emily Baker, is dragging itself through the most part of to day. This is a family feud, and when the costs come to be paid, we doubt not, the quarrel will be quelled. Before Justice Thornington.

A Pauper Hangs Himself- Insanity the Cause - The Coroner's Inquest.
    It would seem that the suicidal mania was growing very prevalent in this vicinity from the many victims who have lately deliberately put an end to their existence. On Saturday afternoon a pauper at the County Poor House named Thies Froum, was discovered hanging from a window, suspended with a strap, which was about his neck. He was cut down, but his face was livid, and he was dead.
    The deceased was a German by birth, and was about thirty-three years of age. He was of fair physical development, and appeared to have enjoyed good health. Froum appears to have been of a very low grade of intellect, so much so that he was regarded by the inmates, as well as the Superintendent of the Poor House, as demented. This slight insanity is probably what caused him to take his life. We have not heard that the the deceased had any friends in this country. He died unregretted and unknown, except by his fellow paupers at the Poor House.
    Yesterday (Sunday) morning, Justice Thorington, who officiates as Coroner in the absence of Mr. Tomson, was notified of the event, and immediately proceeded to the place, and held an inquest over the remains. Dr. A.J. Emeis acted as medical examiner. A jury was summoned, consisting of Dr. Emeis, Jacob Hosetter, and John Banks, who returned the following verdict:
    Scott County            SS.
    An inquisition held at the County Poor House, in and for said county, on the 26th day of May, A.D., 1872, before James Thorington, Coroner pro tem of said county, upon the body of Thies Froum, there lying dead, by the jurors whose names are hereto subscribed.
    The said jurors, upon their oath, do say that said Thies Froum came to his death on the 26th May, 1872 at about 4 1/2 o'clock p.m., by hanging; that the act was committed by said deceased with a leather strap, on the premises aforesaid; that he was a demented inmate of said poor house, being so demented, was the cause of the commission of said act.
    In testimony whereof, the said jurors have hereunto set their hands the day and year aforesaid.
    Attest: James Thorington, Corone, pro tem.
    A.J. Emeis, M.D.; Jacob Hosetter, John Banks.
    The remains were immediately interred by order of the Coroner at the Poor House, the expenses being borne by the county.

May 28, 1872

District Court.

In the Delaney trial the closing speeches on the part of the defense and State were made by Judge Murphy and J.C. Bills respectively. At about noon the case was given to the jury. About three o’clock this afternoon the jury came into court and announced that they had agreed upon a verdict. The prisoner, who was absent, was sent for and on his returning the verdict was read. He was found guilty of assault with attempt to commit great bodily injury. Delaney heard the decision with some emotion. The sentence was not announced, but in such a case it is imprisonment in the county jail-the length of time at the discretion of the court.

The Court will probably adjourn today, the session being already prolonged one week beyond the stated time.

  May 29, 1872

Police Court.

Henry Schoening, an old offender, was brought up before Justice Peters for keeping a house of ill-fame, disturbing the peace, and keeping a drinking hole. But, strange to say, none of these charges sufficed to convict him, it being settled to hush up matters, so Henry can go on in his excrable calling with impunity again.

June 3, 1872

Police News

The rain yesterday, or something else, brought on an unusual crop of drunks and other criminalites, as was shown at Justice Peters’ this morning.

John Edwards was the first victim; fined $2 and costs and paid.

Ed Harris ditto, with the exception that he will board it out at the jail.

John Lyons is an old offender, this being his hundredth drunk. He was fined $10 and costs, with the assurance that it should not be less each next offense. He paid part of the tax.

A drunken affray occurred on Fifth street yesterday afternoon, and a man named D.E. Comstock was severely kicked and bruised by his friend, James Gallagher. Comstock was insensible, and was brought to life by Dr. Peck. Messrs. French and Griggs captured Gallagher and took him to jail. An hour or two afterward he was surprised to see Comstock come into jail, he being arrested for intoxication. So it appears to be a mixed affair all around. Gallagher was brought up this morning on a charge of assault and battery, and fined $25 and costs, which he will work out at the jail.

June 5, 1871

Justice Court

A case of seduction is being heard before Justice Thorington today. Mary McGrin filed a complaint against Matthew Feeny charging him with seduction committed in March 1871. The defendant has warm friends and has rather a fair character works on the Island and resides in Moline. Mary once did hotel work at the Ackley House in this city, where it is alleged her young affections were won and she sinned muchly and Mathew was the cause thereof. Matthew tendered the next best thing under the circumstances, marriage; but the offer was repelled by the too confiding Mary, saying that she would ?ang between heaven and earth first. So the case went on without any promise of settlement. Mary Grin has set in operation at suit of $10,000 private damages for her injuries, and has made application to Dr. Blood for support at the county charge. Our readers will remember the circumstances of the case which were published about a year ago; how Mathew and Mary went to Wilton under suspicious circumstances. She has a bouncing baby, which is an important witness.

June 8, 1872


     As we went to press last evening the man Pullen was hunting bail-$1,000. He didn’t find it, so went to jail. The utter brassiness of the fellow is represented in an announcement this morning through the Gazette that he will pay no debts of his wife’s contracting! Why, not only has he not paid a cent for his wife’s support since he has been here, but has been spending money obtained from her to maintain his paramour in vice.
     We understand that a telegram was received here from Washington today dismissing him from the service, and announcing that his successor would soon arrive. He has his examination on charge of adultery before Justice Thorington next Monday.

June 10, 1872

A Colored Thief.

     Last week a servant girl in the family of a respected and prominent citizen of Milan, missed $146, the savings of several years of hard work. No traces of the money could be found, nor was anyone suspected. However, the police of Rock Island and this city were posted, and any movements of the inmates of the house were closely watched.
     In the same family there was another servant, a large strapping negro woman. Of course, she was astonished at the robbery, and knew nothing of it. But his morning Marshal Mitsch noticed that she was in Rock Island, and he concluded to watch her. He learned that she had gone one board the steamer Dubuque, with a trunk and valise. The boat pushed out and came to this side, intending soon to leave for down river. Chief Keating knowing a thing or two about the matter, went on board the boat and arrested the lady, taking her trunk along. He took her to the police office and searched her pockets and the trunk. He found $113 in the trunk, $30 of it being in gold. The other $30 she had probably hidden in the valise, which was not captured, or spent it. When the money was discovered in the trunk, she was astonished, and “wondered how dat money came dar.” Her professed innocence did not work, however, as the Chief took her to the ferry, and handed her over to the Rock Island police, who, by the way, do not seem very particularly sharp, as mot of their law-breaking reach this side before they are arrested. The colored thief will probably be brought to trial this afternoon.

PS.-We have since learned that the name of the woman who stole the money, is Sarah Harrison. She was this afternoon taken to Milan to be tried there. She sewed the money up in a tick when she took it; then wound it up in a ball of yarn when she left.

Trial of Pullen.

    The examination of D.S. Pullen, charged with adultery, commenced this afternoon at half past three, before Justice Thorington. Geo. E. Hubbell, esq., is attorney for the injured wife, and W.A. Foster for the defense. The prosecution have a large number of witness, giving evidence enough to convict ten men, while we have not heard that Pullen has much to offer in defense.
    The successor of the unfaithful officer will arrive here this evening, and will take charge of the meteorlogical office.
     On account of the absence of his counsel, Pullen’s trial has been postponed until 9 A.M. tomorrow.

June 11, 1872


Last night the house of Henry Heiken a short distance west of Eldridge Junction, was entered by burglars, who went to the bedroom of Mr. Helken, took some keys out of his pockets, then went to an adjoining room, opened the bureau, and took therefrom $800 of money. They also went into the cellar, helped themselves to pie, cake and cream. After feasting heartily, they departed , no one hearing or seeing them. This morning the drawers belonging to the bureau were found out doors, with everything gone. Although several persons are under suspicion, nothing definitely is known as to who committed the robbery. 

End of the Pullen Trial.

As was stated last evening, the trial of D.S. Pullen was postponed until this morning. After the postponement the husband and wife has a long conference, and  the result was that Mrs. Pullen withdrew the suit, believing that it would be better for all concerned. Now that the wayward husband has another chance to repent it is to be hoped that he will improve the opportunity.

Obtaining Goods Under False Pretenses.

John Miller induced J.L. Smith to purchase a set of carpenter’s tools for him, saying that he was going to work on the elevator and would soon return the money. But he did not go to work, and after getting the tools took them and went over to Moline, where an officer was hunting him at last accounts.

June 12, 1872

Held to Bail.

Yesterday afternoon as a gentleman named J.M. Hinsley was passing the hay market, on Front street, going toward the ferry, he took out his handkerchief in a hurry, and with it came his pocket-book. It fell upon the sidewalk, and two men passed over it without noticing it; but a third coming along discovered it and hastily picked it up, turned off the road and went among the hay wagons. His movements were observed by a lady on the ferry boat, who, when Hinsley turned about to search for his property, told him that a man had picked it up. He then informed the police, and last night a man, giving his name as G.E. Norris was arrested. This morning, his trial began before Justice Peters, J.C. Bills for the State, and W.A. Foster for the defense. Considerable testimony was heard on both sides, two friends of the defendant swearing that he passed up street on the right side, while the pocket book was lost on the left side. On the other hand, however, it was proved that he was standing upon the ferry dock, and suddenly left as if to return to the city, after getting upon the boat to cross the river. Also, that when he left the Police court last Monday, where he figured under the name of Allover and Overall, he had $215 in his possession. When arrested last night, he had $274, and the additional money was in just such bills as Mr. Hinsley had in his book. There was also among the money one $2 bill which was slightly torn at one corner, and which was identified by Mr. Hinsley. After able arguments on both sides, the Justice Held Norris to bail in the sum of $450.

June 13, 1872

Circuit Court.

     The case of Johnson vs. Austin has been before the court a good portion of the day. This is a suit to recover the amount of a patent right note, which the plaintiff had purchased, and the consideration of which is claimed to have been insufficient. The amount of the note is about $100.

     G.E. Norris, the man who was convicted of picking up a pocket-book and appropriating its contents, in the police court yesterday, is having a hearing before Judge Benson, this afternoon, on a writ of habeas corpus.

June 15, 1872

     G.E. Norris, the pocket book picker, who was held to bail by Judge Benson, before whom he was taken on a writ of habeas corpus is still in jail. He had $200 of his own, but the other $250 was not to be obtained. His two bosom friends left him to his fate, going west. Norris will languish in jail until next November.

June 18, 1872

Juvenile Thief.

     Today, about noon, a young lad about ten or twelve years old, named Adam Hill, was caught in the act of robbing a till, in Mike O’Brien’s saloon on Front street. He got out upon the street, however, and ran up Main street, while a crowd came rushing after him, crying “stop thief.” Chief Keating saw him just after he crossed Second street, and soon captured him, and took him before Justice Peters. As no larceny was committed, of course that charge fell to the ground, and another charge of vagrancy submitted. If Adam does not reform his morals, he will, at no very distant day, land in the House of Correction.


     A most unprovoked and dastardly assault was made upon a man last night, at the corner of Brady and Front streets, by a peddler named Flannery, who drew a revolver, and would have undoubtedly committed some great injury but for timely interference. Officer John Keating took him to jail, and his trial comes off tomorrow.

June 19, 1872

Domestic Troubles.



     The case of Cunningham vs. Ozias has been on the Circuit Court docket several months, and this day came up to trial before Judge Benson and a good looking Jury.
     It seems that the plaintiff is a widow-a rather good looking lady in the prime of life, and the defendant a widower-a well-known respectable farmer of this township, somewhat past his prime, yet not too old to fall in love-for fall in love he did, as her testimony goes, with this poor, but respectable woman.
     It seems that the date of their first meeting was some half dozen years since, at which time she bought of defendant some garden truck. Subsequently they came to know each other better, and in 1869, while plaintiff was a tenant in defendant’s house in this city, he sort of dropped in now and then, to chat away the lonesome hours-and in due course of events made a clean breast of it and proposed marriage. She seconded the motion. This was followed by pretty lively courting for some time-all the while fixing upon no date, except that very indefinite period-“early in the fall”. Early and late fall came and passed, and nothing was done. The engagement got cold-broke off; was renewed again last fall, made up good as new, broke off again-and she sued him $10,000. The case is rather interesting in some particulars and will probably occupy two or three days.
     J.T. Lane for plaintiff; davison and True and Bills & Block for defense.

June 20, 1872

Circuit Court.

     The Cunningham-Ozias breach of promise case has worn out another day with but little effect one way or the others. The prosecution rested this forenoon and the defense was not through with its testimony as we go to press. Another day will probably finish it. 

June 21, 1872

Circuit Court.

     The Cunningham-Ozias breach of promise case continues to occupy the attention of the Court. About four o’clock yesterday afternoon Mr. Ozias, the defendant, took the witness stand, and passed trough direct examination positively contradicting all the leading points sworn to by plaintiff and plaintiff’s witnesses-swearing that he never “popped the question” to Mrs. Cunningham in any shape or form; that he never wrote the letters which she produced in evidence as coming from him; that he never took her out buggy riding to Moline, as she had testified, etc. He admits having called upon Mrs. Cunningham at her rooms in his (Ozias) house; at Reed’s boarding house, where she was afterwards living; also at her rooms on Brady street, between Fourth and Fifth; that he frequently staid with her an hour or two, chatting about things in general, but that the calls were made in pursuit of a rent bill incurred in 1869, which he alleges had never been paid; that though the rent was the object of his calling her never asked payment after he had come into the presence of the plaintiff, ever waiting in patience and hopefulness for her to broach the subject.
     The defendant passed the entire day, up to the time of going to press, under Mr. Lane’s rigid cross examination and may continue on the stand for some time to come. It is probable , however, that the evidence will be closed to-morrow, and the case given to the jury by Monday evening next. 

June 24, 1872

Stole a watch
     When the boy Chas. Kirk was drowned, the other day, several raftsmen worked hard for the recovery of the body. As a general thing, after coming out of the watery element, they went to the saloon of the boy’s father, on Front street, and got a free drink. One of these chaps, named J.C. Cook, seeing a silver watch lying within reach, naturally appropriated it. It was worth $35. He was captured yesterday, and today Justice Thorington sent him to jail in default. 

June 25, 1872

Stole a Jug of Whiskey
     Two individuals named Mike Kelley and Bernard Heeney were up before Justice Peters today on the charge of stealing a jug of whisky from the Five Mile House. The only argument they could advance in their favor was their great need of that article. The police have had some trouble hunting these two chaps up. Mike Kelley came in from the country in an unsuspecting manner and was captured last Sunday. Heeney made his way to Rock Island, and it was not until after considerable work that Officer John Martens decoyed him on the ferry boat and brought him over. 

June 26, 1872

The Breach of Promise Case
     This case was given to the Jury yesterday afternoon, who continued in session till this morning, when they announced that they were unable to agree, six being for the defendant and five for defendant, one being sick. They were then discharged, and in all probability the long case will have to be tried over again.
     Court adjourned this morning.

  Police Court

John Mead was found guilty of intoxication and fined $3 and costs.

John Disney was up for disturbing the peace on complaint of P Kirk. He was fined , $10 and costs, and went to jail.

John Timm was found sleeping on the levee early this morning at an early hour, against the peace and dignity of the State of Iowa. He was suitably fined.

 June 28, 1872

     Two young men named James Harrison and James Robinson were arrested on Harrison street last night for fast driving, and this morning they were fined $10 and costs which they paid.


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