George Tewey Was Bumped and Fined

Ogden Standard Examiner, 17 December 1912, page 7

From the results of a little spree, after abstaining from liquor for two years, George Tewey, an express clerk, found it necessary to pay a fine of $10 for disturbing the peace.

According to the testimony offered, Tewey walked into the confectionery stand near the Cherry theater, on Twenty-fifth street. The proprietress, Mrs. Kate Linderman, came to wait on him but he made known the fact that he was just a visitor and did not wish to purchase anything. When his actions became objectionable, Mrs. Linderman called to her clerk, Walter Nelson, and complained that the man had insulted her. Nelson ordered the man to leave the place.

Evidently Tewey was not feeling in good humor for on hearing this order to get out, he made a dash for Nelson and “pushed him in the face.” Not content with doing the pushing, he seized the clerk by the neck and forced him against the counter so hard that the case was tipped over. It was at this point of the conflict that the police were summoned.

When Tewey took the stand he said “the disturbance was a misty recollection to him.” He remembered that he was drunk and he also remembered that he was hit on the head with a club, but the other details were cloudy. He showed the bump on his head to the judge who felt it to determine its size.

In summing up the case, Judge Reeder stated that, in view of the fact that the prisoner had suffered the most damage, he was inclined to be lenient and recorded a $10 fine.