100 Years ago in Warren: Boat bandits and twilight baseball

Posted 5/5/21

Taken from the pages of the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in May 1921:

Bandits on a boatTwo East Warren boys will appear at the session of the Juvenile Court Thursday to answer to the …

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100 Years ago in Warren: Boat bandits and twilight baseball

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Taken from the pages of the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in May 1921:

Bandits on a boat
Two East Warren boys will appear at the session of the Juvenile Court Thursday to answer to the charge of breaking into the Grange hall and also into the cottage at Touisset owned by David Wilcox, of Fall River.

The police, who happened to be in the vicinity of the Ennis cottage one day the past week had their attention called to a boat which was coming up the river. It was loaded with goods and manned by two boys of tender years. The police rather surprised the boys, who were ordered to make a landing and the goods were then taken in charge by the police.

An investigation revealed that the Wilcox cottage at Touisset had been entered and inspection of the goods showed that some of them at least were the property of Mr. Wilcox.

At Grange hall entrance was also effected and while little of value was taken the matter was reported to the police, who believe the break to have been the work of the same boys.

Assaulted over moonshine squealers
Joseph Lawrence, who conducts a fruit store on North Water street, was the victim of an unprovoked assault last Friday morning, according to the story which he told the police and as a result he swore out a warrant, which resulted in the arrest of Sergio Carreia, who at a special session of the court Sunday was adjudged guilty and fined at $10 and costs.

According to the story told Lawrence was standing on the sidewalk near his store reading the finding of the still in Bristol, when Carreia is alleged to have stepped up and said, "And here's another of them" at the same time slapping Lawrence across the face. Lawrence, who is a cripple, started to retaliate, but his friends who were standing about stepped in and sent Carreia on his way.

It is said that there has been considerable feeling created of late over the exposure of the moonshine joints and those interested are out with a determination to get those who squealed. The above is one of the numerous instances, where trouble has started, it is stated over such matters.

Legal ad
The Cape Ann Fish Company, of the City of Providence, makes application for eight acres of oyster ground, lying in Kickemuit River, southerly of and adjoining ground now held by John E. Bourne.

Messed up generally
The cobbler shop of Oliver Bacon was entered sometime Sunday, while he was absent and everything set topsy turvy. The police were immediately notified and believe they have a clue to the perpetrator of the deed. Nothing was apparently taken, but everything was scattered about and things messed up generally. Entrance was affected through a window in the rear, in which a pane of glass was broken, the catch released and the window raised.

Baseball at twilight
Twilight games are to be enjoyed the coming season, plans having been made for them at a meeting of those interested Wednesday night. There are to be seven teams in the league and a schedule of 30 games will be arranged. The games are to be played on the new ball field off Market street. There are quite a number of young felllows, who look to have the makings of some good ball players in them and these games will give them a good chance to try out their skill.

Last year the Twilight games furnished a lot of good healthy amusement and developed quite a bit of good natured rivalry among the players of the different organizations about town and this year it was thought a good plan to arrange some sort of schedule, hence the Twilight League.

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