Painter grandson 24Feb1895
How Cit:z5ns Carried Lanterns to Kef p From Baing Robbed. He Had no Lantern So Brought a Pistol Pistol Four Drunkards Fined aid Two Committrd. Judge Evans held a popular matinee performance at his sanctum over the tire department, but contrary to the usual custom of matinee entertainments, entertainments, be held forth in the forenoon. Nevertheless, he drew a full house, but as it often is, everyone there was not exactly pleased; some were not disappointed disappointed at what was given them as they expected as much when they went there under escort from the calaboose. calaboose. . Some old timers, like Doc Barker were not especially hilarious as all the prisoners, serving out sentences in the calaboose next Monday, will probably be put on the rock pile to earn their provisions. Claude Painter, about 17 years of age, and a grandson of Jake Painter, one of the pioneers of Spring - Geld, was up on a charge of carrying concealed weapons. weapons. Claude was attending the Salvation Salvation Army meeting at their hall on South street last night, when he accidentally accidentally leaned against a policeman and the otUcer felt the gun in the boy's pocket and immediately took the lad into custody. At the police station he was searched and 85U.50 in cash, a pistol pistol and a pair of knucks were found on his person. In court this morning, young Painter told how he come to have the pistol in his possession. Said he, "I have just come from Dogwood, Mo., where 1 worked for a farmer for more than six months for 810 a month and I thought I would come up here and stay a day or two, then go down in the edge of Stone county, on White River and visit my grandfather. I had bearn that the lights here wuz turned off and that everabody carried a lantern lantern when they walked around after night to keep thieves from fcnockin' 'em down and takin' their money. 1 didn't have no lantern and as I did'nt want to loose any money that I worked hard for, I brought a pistol. I had bearn that everybody was allowed to carry 'em here in the dark, and dida't think it was any harm. I never brought the knucks from home, I found them on the road." The judge was visibly affected by this recital and declared that, "he had a perfect right to carry a pistol in this wicked town, as every other dude in town carried a weapon and nothing was said about it."' In conclusion he said, "young man, I'm not going to rob you of your hard earned money, but am only going to teach you to be careful careful about your actions. The usual fine for a crime of this kind is 850, but under the circumstances, I will only tax you $15 and costs S19. 15 in all, and I advise you to leave town at once and go to your grandfather or anywhere anywhere to get away from here as this 13 no place for boys to be loafing around, as they are most sure to get into trouble." trouble." lie paid and departed.