The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Saturday, August 22, l874
POLICE ITEMS. -- On the l8th, MIKE BARRY, for getting drunk was escorted by the City Marshal before the Mayor, and urged to deposit his loose change in the City Treasury for fear of losing it, which he did to the extent of $3 and costs.
On the 20th, it being show day, THOMAS O'DAY got on his muscle and fiercely swore he would whip someone. The Marshal asked him to get a permit from his Honor, the Mayor, first; the Mayor, however not only refused to grant the said permit, but opened the doors of the City Treasury for a deposit from THOMAS. THOMAS gave security that he would ante promptly in 30 days, and was released.
'ANS WAYLAND', who imagined show day was the 4th of July, indulged in one of his chronic drunks, and was introduced to the mayor again, who soundly lectured him on the error of his ways, fined him $6 and costs, and sent him home. ANS is getting to be a tough case, and anyone who sells, or gives him anything to drink, ought to be punished to the full extent of the law.
WILLIE CACKLER, who also thought show day was as good a day to celebrate as any other day, took too much benzine on a weak stomach, consequently WILLIS got tight. Mayor Woodward charged him $3 and costs for the rights his forefathers had fought for and after giving him some fatherly advice, discharged him.
WEST FERGUSON thought that the people of Chariton needed a variety in the shape of amusing entertainments on show day, so he got drunk, but he unfortunately found it was an old thing in Chariton, long before he gave his first exhibition. Consequently WEST was fined $3 and costs by the disgusted Mayor, for his impudent presumption in attempting to teach the Charitonians new tricks. WEST shelled out and, departed singing, "This is the way I long have sought." *********************************** (Aforementioned 'SHOW DAY') --
The big International Show was here on Thursday, and again our town was a scene of stirring activity that is seldom witnessed. Men, women, boys, girls and suffering, screaming, tortured infants were here ready to greet its coming with their accustomed zeal and promptness. The day was extremely hot, and the streets fearfully dusty. The largest audience was gathered under the canvass we ever before saw in Chariton. The circus was below our expectations, and the menagerie about as good as the ordinary ones that travel over the country. The company undoubtedly made money, as well as the restaurant and refreshment stands that were so numerous during the day. The usual order and quiet of town were observed, and but few deadbeats made their appearance. The people all went away happy, and it is to be hoped that the circus did.