Italian Fruit Peddler Alleged to Have Insulted the
A rather exciting episode which occurred
at police headquarters last Wednesday is now made public.
An indignant citizen called at Chief
Baker’s office and informed him that his, the caller’s, office boy
had been sent out to purchase fruit from a Dago who has a stand
on Westminster street [sic], and that the Dago said to the
boy that Mr. McKinley would never buy any more peaches and that
it was a good thing that he couldn’t, for he, Mr. McKinley, was
an enemy of the working people. In addition the Dago was alleged
to have shamefully referred to the martyred president.
Chief Baker sent for the Dago and
gave him a merry-go-round. In addition the merchant gave the Dago
a terrible dressing down and wound up by asserting that if he, the
merchant, had been present when he, the Dago, made use of the language
complained of there would have been one less fruit peddler in this
The Dago tremblingly denied the entire
language. He asserted that he had the utmost respect for the president.
An apology having technically been
made the Dago was dismissed and the incident was closed.