Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Complainant Locked Up

New York, 1895

Mr. Smith Wins His Case and Mr. Smalley is in Jail.

Justice Seaman's court in Wantagh was crowded on Friday evening when the case of Joseph C. Smith, of Smithville, who was accused of keeping a disorderly house, was called. Smith formerly kept a provision stand in Fulton Market, New York. The complainant, William Smalley, and Smith's two daughters, who are both attractive and pretty, and who are alleged to have been the attraction at the Smith house, were in court. After hearing the testimony Judge Seaman decided that Smith was not guilty of keeping a disorderly house.

As soon as the verdict was given in his favor, Smith swore out a warrant for the arrest of Smalley on the charge of perjury. Smalley, who was taken by surprise, was unable to get anyone to go his security, and at a late hour Friday night was taken to the county jail in Long Island City to await his examination which will take place on Tuesday.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, Jan. 25, 1895, p. 12.

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