DIDN’T STEAL THE ROOSTER; ONLY KILLED IT-1905
BOBKE, NUTZ, ZIMMERMAN
Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 11/15/2017 at 22:17:37
Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, April 11, 1905
DIDN’T STEAL THE
AUGUST BOBKE DENIES STEALING
FOWL AND DECLARES HE
WRUNG ITS NECK AFTER THE
BOYS HAD CAUGHT IT
John Nutz had August Bobke and two boys arrested because his old rooster disappeared and he thought his neighbor guilty. In turn Bobke asserts he will prosecute Nutz for having him arrested.
All the trouble originated from the fertile brain of a proud rooster. Not content with the environment of his owner’s backyard he wandered into the adjoining yard of Mr. Bobke and began to pick at the soil.
Now evidently Nutz and Bobke must have had words over the action of the formers chicken in flying into the neighbor’s yard.
So, when Mr. Rooster alighted into Bobke’s yard the Bobke lads, ten and twelve respectively, started after him. Round and round went the trio. One of the lads seized a wash tub and the intruding bird was placed under it to ensure imprisonment.
A few hours later Mr. Bobke returned home and the story of the capture was told to him. He immediately made for the wash tub, seized Mr. Rooster and in a gentlemanly manner wrung its neck. He then tossed the dead fowl into the owner’s yard.
Nutz charged petty larceny and Bobke declares he had a right to kill the bird, as it intruded on his premises. Justice Zimmerman dismissed the case.
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