100 Years Ago in Warren: Time to take his medicine



Taken from the pages of the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in March 1913:

No more curfew

For many years the people of the town have eaten dinner at the stroke of the bell and gone to bed as the curfew rang - that is, they were supposed to. No one knows just how long the custom has been in vogue. At the meeting last week the council voted to discontinue the custom, beginning April the 1st. and so from that time the townsfolk will have to depend on some other form of alarm-clock.

Time to take his medicine

Thursday night Romilda Perillo complained to the police that her husband had been mistreating her again; in fact had given her a thrashing. They went in search of him, upon a warrant that she swore out charging him with wife beating and having found him, put him into a cell, for safe keeping till he could be arraigned. The man's name is Antonio Perillo. He claims that every time he goes home, his children annoy him with their play and noise, and that his wife upholds them. The chief says, he has had the man before on the same sort of complaint, but that his wife grew soft hearted and would not press the claim. His reputation is far from the best. He abuses the children and he has thrashed his wife until her patience with him is gone. Now he must take his medicine.

A thief at Liberty Street School

When the Bacon gang was sent up for the jobs done by them, it was thought that it would mean the end of the breaking and entering for a time at least. But immediately thereafter, the Warren Shoe co. was the loser by several pair of shoes, taken out of a show window, the thief not stopping for the heavy glass but smashing it and hauling his plunder through the break in the window. Then the work at Joyce St. School is still under a cloud. Among all the plunder that was secured to be restored to rightful owners, there was not one piece that could be identified as belonging to teachers or building. Bacon stoutly denied the matter, although some in authority felt that he had not told all that he might. And now Saturday comes the report of the robbery of Liberty St. School. Sometime Saturday, somebody forced an entrance into the Liberty St. School building, and making their way to the basement turned things topsy turvey. It is not apparent that any other part of the building was disturbed. The break was discovered by Gideon Saillant, the janitor of the building, who, in the evening of that day went there to look things over. He saw the state of things, and looking about found a window with the panes broken, and it was through this that entrance had been effected. The object of attack and envy was the kit of tools spread out on Mr. Saillant's work-bench. From accounts and description, there must have been quite a lot of these tools; and they were of considerable value. There were planes, bits, bit stocks, hammers etc. Mr. Saillant made what investigations he could, and then went in search of the police.


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