Served Him Right - 1876
FARLEY, FLANNERY, RYAN
Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 9/18/2017 at 22:32:18
Friday, July 28, 1876
Paper: Dubuque Daily Times (Dubuque, Iowa)
Served Him Right
Last night, about 10 o’clock, a ruffian entered Frank Farley’s saloon, remained a while then passed into the yard. As he entered the yard he met Mrs. Farley, who had just come down from the back stairs from her residence over the saloon, and the villain laid his vile hands upon her in a manner that makes one regret that there was not someone present to shoot him on the spot. She broke away from him and ran back upstairs, when the fiend went back into the saloon, and soon after stepped out onto the sidewalk and engaged in conversation with P. Flannery. Mrs. Farley had made an engagement with her husband to call upon a friend up street. She started, and her husband went after her, when she told him what had occurred. He returned to his saloon immediately, and asked his barkeeper where the fellow was who had been in the saloon. The barkeeper pointed him out standing on the sidewalk talking with Mr. Flannery. Mr. Farley stepped to his drawer, got his revolver and asked his barkeeper if he was certain that that was the person who had passed through the saloon into the yard. The barkeeper was confident that he was. Mr. F. then quickly walked up to the fellow and brought his heavy revolver down over the bridge of his nose with such clever force that he dropped him on the sidewalk. Just when he was about to draw his weapon on him to shoot, Capt. Ryan interposed, shielded the prostrate ruffian, and took him off to the calaboose. He simply did his duty, but it is a pity that he was not a square or two away just at that particular time. There should be but one law for such outlaws, fiends who are not content with robbery, but who seem to think they may violate with impunity, and that is the law Mr. Farley appealed to. It is time now to treat such cases as they deserve. They have become to frequent and bold to be treated as light matters. The people have got tired of suffering in this way, and in justice to themselves they cannot be blamed if they take the law into their own hands and shoot as they would a mad dog the first of these devils who invades the limits of their homes.
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