Mail Tribune 100: December 16, 1913

December 16, 1913

Life appeared dull to William Thomasen living on West Fourth Street early Tuesday morning, and he decided to commit suicide. Instead of drinking a bottle of strychnine as he intended, he emptied his father's bottle of rheumatism medicine. He had been drinking, and to prevent a repetition Prosecutor Kelly through Chief of Police Hittson served notice on all saloonkeepers today to furnish Thomasen with no more firewater.

After Thomasen drank the rheumatism cure he began to groan, and his mother went to ask him his troubles. He told her she need not call him in the morning as he would be in another land. An investigation brought to light the liniment bottle under the bed. Thomasen then admitted he had reached and grabbed the wrong vial. He was quite sick, but an antidote relieved.

Despondency following a "spree" is given as the reason for staging a tragedy that developed into a comedy.

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The squad of bad boys known as the "Wattenberg Gang" headed by Julius Wattenberg appear today before Prosecutor Kelly for efforts last Sunday along burglarious lines. They are alleged to have entered the Medford candy factory on Front Street and stole a shoebox full of French chocolates while the proprietor was at church. They then broke into the Washington school and raided the pigeon roosts in the attic for squabs, intending to have a feast of chocolates and young pigeon.

Neighbors saw the boys enter both buildings.

Two members of the gang will likely be sent to the reform school. All have been before Prosecutor Kelly any number of times, and his pleadings have been futile for a change of habits. Three sustained cut fingers as a result of breaking windows.

The youth do not deny entering the buildings, but maintain the door was open.


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