Corpun file 25241 at www.corpun.com
Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, Kentucky, 22 May 1897, p.1
A Good Paddling.
Six of Maysville's Young Toughs Given a Deserved Blistering.
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Superintendent Gray will not be bothered by the six young
toughs who so successfully "canned" a streetcar
Wednesday night and then tried to wreck it by filling a
"frog" full of rocks.
Yesterday morning the police officers were busy bringing in the
ones who were interested in the sport, and by noon the following
well known youths lined up for trial before Judge Wadsworth:
Those boys have been up before the Judge before, and finding that
rock quarries, jails and chains had no terror for them, an
elegant white oak paddle with a two-feet blade, guaranteed to
raise four blisters to the lick, was introduced to them.
Their parents were sent for, who very readily gave their consent.
Officers McDowell and Purnell were selected to wield the oak, and
they were instructed to smash the tough element clear out of the
boys, without regard to the blisters they would raise or the
feelings they would fracture.
The Officers and boys retired to the place of punishment -- the
hall adjoining the Courtroom -- and the work was begun. The boys
were told to "strike a posish," while the
paddle-wielders struck the posish, and every lick brought forth a
scream as long as a clothesline and as loud as a Comanche.
The next time these young toughs are brought up on a misdemeanor
charge they will be run through the sausage mill.
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