December 3, 1913

December 3, 1913

Continuation of the investigation into the accounts of H.C. Kentner on trial in the circuit court on a charge of embezzlement marked the second day of the trial, and will probably be late tomorrow afternoon before this phase is finished.

Tuesday's evidence from the accounts showed the expenses of the defendant and family ranged from $250 to $500 per month, all of which was paid from company funds. The same trend of evidence is being produced today.

A moral reform wave, caused by an anonymous letter, hit the city council Tuesday night, when it passed an anti-gambling law, a re-enactment of what already is a state law, which if strictly enforced will prevent shaking dice for cigars between friends, bridge whilst among ladies, the playing of cards for treats, and practically mean suspension of business by a number of local cigar stores. In its drasticness it rivals the "Blue Law" of New England. Meanwhile slot machines are running without interference in saloons and cigar stores.

The ordinance passed without a dissenting vote. Councilmen Millar and Stewart complained of its wide scope but voted for it. Mayor Purdin, City Attorney McCabe and Councilman Mitchell led the fight for the ordinance.

The ordinance was passed upon the allegations of an unsigned letter, in which Noah Lyons and Dex Hale were charged with conducting a poker game in a cigar store on Front Street. The writer said he had lost money there, and if called would appear as a witness and bring others. The ordinance provides immunity from prosecution for him if he does.

Mayor Purdin said Prosecutor Kelly told him the ordinance was necessary.

The act provides from $5 to $100 fine for the players and $25 to $100 fine for the dealer, and is a copy of the state law, but under the city measure gambling is made a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Every form of gambling from roulette to turkey raffles is covered by the ordinance.