30 Days in the Cooler for Melon Stealing in 1895


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/27/1895.

Tom and Sarah Towsan were brought to town by special constables Lynch and Greathouse last Thursday evening and lodged in jail on a commitment from I.B. Starcher, of Richardson.  Tom was committed for thirty days with a provisio that if the fine and costs were not paid by that time he should have ten additional days to linger in the cooler and think on his ways, and by that time there will be but few melons or vines left for him to steal or destroy.  Our information is that melon stealing and vine destroying, coupled with his general reputation for being a worthless wag, is what he was sent up for.  And Sarah got ten days for adultery.  We are informed by Jailor Blackshere that the girl claims she is innocent of the charge, and complains because the man with whom wh was caught was not sent up also.  In short it sounds like this:  "I'm not gilty of nothint and tha node the man es well es tha node me."