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•100 Years Ago - June, 1909•

Broken promises, tears shed

Elwood Fry of Stony Creek appeared before the Warren County Court during its May term, answering a charge against him of "Seduction Under Promise of Marriage." Attorney W.M. Cameron of Glens Falls, moved to discharge the defendant on the grounds that the boy was only 17 years old at the time the crime was committed - and the complainant knew it - and because of his age he was incapable of making a promise to marry. The motion was denied.

Carrie Knowlton of Stony Creek, testified that the Hull girl, against whom the crime was committed, told her that she did not care about the disgrace of going before the grand jury if she could only compel Fry to marry her.

The jury brought back a verdict of guilty. The prisoner, who had been out on bail, was arraigned and sentenced to the Elmira Reformatory for an indeterminate term. He was placed in the County Jail at Lake George until an officer could arrive from Elmira to take him into custody. The conditions at the reformatory are said to have become so overcrowded that it might not be able to receive any more prisoners in the near future.

Roadways' dust is annoying

Warrensburgh needs a water wagon, according to several prominent citizens, to tumble up and down the streets to dispense water and make them dustless. Conservative citizens consider this to be one of the crying needs of the village.

If anyone doubts that we ought to have a horse-drawn sprinkler for our streets, let him journey the length of Main St. on a dry day and he will change his mind. Let it be known that this is a real water wagon we are referring to, not a symbolic hearse of the demon rum.

Frightened horses cause mayhem

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