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A Fatal Joke ~ Roy Pine ~ Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: January 28, 2007 at 06:21:59
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Davenport Daily Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 28, 1902


A Fatal Joke

Waterloo, Ia., Jan. 28 - Because of what they intended to be a joke,
two young men of this city may have to answer to the charge of murder. Roy
Pine, the small son of a teamster fell on the ice while skating on the river
January 14, and died several days later without having regained
consciousness. It now appears that he was tripped by two boys who held a
string close to the ice into which the unfortunate lad skated backward. It
is also said that the boys have been indulging in this kind of malicious
sport and that hard falls have been experienced by skaters because of it.

Tries Another Kind of Lottery.

Fort Dodge, Iowa, Jan. 28 - The marriage of James Harkin, the popular
accountant at the Central general offices, to Miss Lena Kane, occurred at
the home of the bride at Scranton, Iowa. Mr. Harkin bears the distinction of
having the good fortune last summer to secure one of the choice land claims
in the land lottery in Oklahoma and the streak of luck that was with him at
that time seems to have been with him in the selection of a wife as he has
drawn a prize in the person of the charming young lady whom he has just led
to the altar. He was presented with a valuable set of solid silver knives
and forks with pearl handles as a mark of esteem by his fellow associates in
the office.

An Ancient Map.

Waterloo, Iowa, Jan. 28 - Attorney E.E. Wilson has in his possession a
curiosity, being a map of Iowa bearing the date of 1852. Not a foot of
railroad is shown to have existed and the names of some of the counties of
the northwest section have been radically changed. The cities of the state
marked as prominent at that time are Dubuque, Keokuk, Fort Madison,
Burlington. Woodbury county appears on the map as "Wabhaw." Linn county is
marked "Buncombe," and Webster appears as "Yell" and Hamilton as "Risley."
None of the counties were organized or inhabited in the northwest section
but were merely laid out and names given them.

Skipped With Employer's Money.

Fertile, Iowa, Jan. 28 - A trusted hired man working for Billy Slater,
north of town, was sent to Joice with a load of timothy seed to store in the
elevator. But instead of storing the seed he sold it, pocketed the proceeds
and decamped for parts unknown.

Aged Indian Married.

Sioux City, Jan. 28 - George Fox, aged 64, and Edna Longchase, aged
56, two Omaha Indians, were married in the court room of Justice F.L. Ferris
in the Iowa building. Justice Ferris performing the unique ceremony while
the withered bride swayed dizzily back and forth, as she responded to the
vows as interpreted by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Nellie Solomon. The
stately, sturdy-looking groom was much agitated at the condition of the
bride, and it looked for a time as if the wedding would have to be

Wife Beater in Jail.

Clinton, Jan. 28 - The Clinton county grand jury has indicted Bernard
McGovern, charging him with assault to commit murder. His wife is the
complaining witness. According to evidence before grand jury, McGovern came
to Clinton about a month ago, became intoxicated and went to his home in the
country a few miles west of the city and made a vicious assault on his wife.
He broke three of her ribs, pulled out a large amount of her hair, seriously
bruised her body in a number of places and then threw her into a creek. She
was confined to the hospital here for three weeks and for a few days. It was
thought she would not recover. McGovern was arrested, but his wife refused
to prosecute him. He was then charged with intoxication by the chief of
police and was sentenced to thirty days in the county jail. It is now
understood Mrs. McGovern will appear against her husband.

Northwestern Settles.

Moorehead, Jan. 28 - Frank Adams, who was injured about a month ago in
a railroad accident at Missouri Valley had to undergo a second amputation of
his leg and is in a very critical condition. He is still in the hospital at
Council Bluffs. The Chicago & Northwestern has settled with him, giving him
$5,600 and a pass on the road for one year and pay all expenses.

Young Woman Disappears.

Dubuque, Jan. 28 - Miss Dora Deitzel, residing at the St. Francis
industrial home, and who came from Kieler, Wis., has mysteriously
disappeared. The last seen of her was last week on Monday when she left the
home to attend early mass.

Didn't Understand Gas.

LeMars, Jan. 28 - B.C. Custer, a young man from Moville, was found
unconscious in his room at the Union hotel. He either blew out the gas or
neglected to turn it off properly. It is thought it was an accident. The man
is in a precarious condition.

Posted at this site with Cathy's permission.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Iowa Old Press

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