Monday, May 26, 2008

Left His Watch Behind

New York, 1895

Frank Verner was arrested at Hempstead early Sunday morning for being drunk and disorderly. Verner was taken before Justice Seaman at Wantagh and sentenced to ten days in the county jail. The prisoner was taken back to the lockup at Hempstead where he told the officer that he had lost his silver watch and some money. Later in the day it was learned that the residence of Surrogate Weller had been entered Saturday night. Nothing had been stolen, but a pair of mittens were found on the table and on the piazza was found a silver watch and chain which Verner afterward identified as his property.

The Bribe Takers Must Stand Trial

Judge Garretson has decided the demurrer interposed by Counselor Weller to the indictments charging Thomas Holcraft and William Goeller, Jr., of Jamaica, with accepting bribes for their votes in the last Democratic county convention. Judge Garretson sustains the indictments and Holcraft and Goeller will have to stand trial. This judgment will make the Standard feel sick.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, Feb. 22, 1895, p. 1.

Note: The Standard was a bitterly despised competitor of The Farmer, often accused of corruption and nastiness.

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