Thursday, July 09, 2009

News From the Past - July 9, 1929

This is from The Daily Northwestern (Wisconsin's Greatest Family Newspaper) from Oshkosh, WI, Tuesday July 9.

Fond du Lac. Wis. - (AP) - Words of gratitude may bring a penalty instead of a reward. It all depends on the way in which they are used.
Take the case of William Grauer, who was sentenced to five days in county jail on a charge of being drunk and disorderly yesterday. On hearing the sentence, he said "much obliged."
"Ten days more for contempt" counted Judge H. M. Vellenz, adding that the extra ten days were not so much because of what Grauer had said but because of how he had said it.
To add a touch of the dramatic, Grauer then offered to fight the judge. That raised the contempt sentence to sixty days and the total to sixty five.
Well, today is No. 1.
Love this article; from the goofy title, to the oddly sarcastic tone throughout.

I think offering to fight a judge is always a bad idea.

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