Harmon Ruger beaten by principal 4 Feb 1885
A Badly Disfigured Scholar. l - asl weex ids n est MUe wss 1 uteres tea In s case of assault and battery preferred against Professor Silas Wood, of ths Clark School, by young Harmon Ruger, which was dismissed. Kow comes tbe South Side with s similar case. the defendant being Principal A K. Barnes, of the Keith School, on Dearborn, between Thirty fourth and Thirty - fifth streets, and the plaintiff a 12 - year - old named Johnny King. The lad's head and face presented a terriole appearance as he was led Into the Armory yesterday bv bis mother, wno got out tbe warrant for the princi pal s arrest, ills nesa was badly disfigured, and across his face were several ugly blue - colored wens. ms eyes ana nose wore swollen badly, caused by the teacher knooking him down, Johnny savs Ths cause of this severe trouncing the lad says was because of some trouble he had had with his teaobsr. She sent him to the principal's room, snd be, taking down s horsewhip, proceeded to aamlnlster the cestlgatlon. After whipping me," said tbe bov, "he hit me over the bead with the but of the whip, and then sat on me, hurt - lug me awfully. The prinoipsl bearing ot the action taken by the mother came to tbe court room and gave his bond f 200 to Satnrdsy uexu xie is oy no means a cruei - iooKlng man, on tbe other hand he would be credited from ob. serration to be a very lenient, pstient individual. lie is small of stature and of a nervous temperament temperament and seemed to deeply regret the occurrence. While he scknowiedged thst the punishment ad ministered waa a little too Severe, perhaps, he tooognt tne Doy very aessrving ot caatigatlon. Johnny was without doubt ths worst behaved boy in the school and had frequently been expelled, expelled, but because of the mother, an honest, hard - working woman, he had taken him bark each time. The cause of the welts on tbe boy's lace and Dead ware not mulcted intentionally, said ths prinoipsl. As to knocking ths boy down he denied the charge emphatically. Tbe case comas up ou Saturday asxt before Justice root.