100 Years Ago in Warren: Cheap revolvers, a circus and a tiger
Taken from the pages of the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in July 1913:
Playing with revolvers
There is always more or less danger from the cheap revolvers that are sold and used the Fourth. When young men take to firing slugs with them the danger is increased without limit. There was a crowd from out of town on our street the "night before" that evidently thought slug firing was cute. And there were some of the town boys that were doing the same thing. Employees in charge of the Howland, Wheaton Co's. plant, report that while standing outside the company's building a crowd came along on the opposite side of the street and began firing. Suddenly, without warning, the watchman heard the "zip" of a slug, as it went past his head. He yelled at the crowd, and started for one of them. Just at that time one of the police force came on the scene. He made the crowd empty their pistols and pockets and slugs were discovered in their possession. The excuse given by the fellow that fired was that he was trying for the post and didn't know any one was there. The policeman warned the crowd not to fire again and told them to leave town. This may have been the same gang that riddled the window of W. H. Crawley's tailor shop. Mr. Crawley discovered that one of his windows had been peppered with bullets from a revolver and of course the glass was broken. It is said on good authority that a certain young man of the town had a pistol and quite a few of the loaded slugs, and that he was firing them around quite promiscuously, the night before. Although not a native, he was certainly old enough to know better and was caught and warned against any further use of the deadly things. It is a wonder that somebody was not hurt or killed outright.
Kicked a horse
Everybody knows that Sautelle's circus is well worth the seeing. But everyone does not know that the "govenor" as his help call him is in constant oversight of affairs. That he is, was illustrated the morning the circus landed in town. Mr. Sautelle stepped out of Lonergan's restaurant just in time to witness one of his drivers kick one of the draught horses in a most brutal and vicious manner, to such an extent and so severely that the horse was bleeding about the head. Righteous anger never was more truly called for, nor more quickly displayed. "Follow that man," Sautelle said to an employee, "have him arrested." Quicker than it takes to tell about, Chief Walsh was on the scene and the man was put under arrest and taken to the cell room. Thither Mr. Sautelle and some of his employees followed. FInding, however, that it might necessitate a return to the court two weeks hence, providing the culprit pleaded not guilty, Mr. Sautelle said that he did not care to push the case, but for no other reason. The party arrested gave the name of Thompson, but he may have a hundred, and one for every town. Sig. Sautelle said that he hoped that this would be a lesson to him, not to abuse dumb animals, for it was the only thing he wouldn't stand for at any time or from any one. In fact one thing noticeable about the circus was the splendid condition of the horses. They were apparently well cared for and well fed. The offender was allowed to depart without paying the penalty of his offense.
In other circus news …
The only accident that happened while the circus was in town, came near being a serious one. One of the Indians, he refused to give his name, stood near the cage in which the lion was confined. An attempt to fool with the animal resulted in serious wounds for the man. Getting too near the cage Mr. Lion reached out his paw and claw and gave the man a serious swipe down the side of the face and shoulder. What the Indian was attempting to do with the beast, could not be learn, for both man and animal preserved a stoical silence. The man was taken to Dr. Scott's office and had his wounds properly attended to. The right ear and shoulder were badly lacerated. The surgeon stated that the man would come out all right, but would be obliged to lay off a few days. He left with the circus that night. The lion is said to be quite ferocious at times and even his trainer has hard work to handle him.