Robbed and Deserted, Went to Sleep on Track
This morning in Justice Sponholz’s court, James Cronin was arraigned for drunkenness and pleaded guilty. The commitment of 30 days in jail was suspended, and he was dismissed. The man was formerly known in Lake County to some extent, and is a bricklayer by trade, but wanders from place to place in search of work.
Cronin was found by Sheriff E.A. Keller on the railroad track about four miles southeast of Madison yesterday afternoon in an intoxicated condition. The train from the south had stopped on seeing a man on the track ahead, and removed him. Coming to town they had reported the circumstances, and the sheriff went out to get him. He had returned to the soft gravel between the rails, covered himself with his overcoat, removed his hat and shoes and had again gone to sleep.
The man was in a pugnacious mood when aroused by Mr. Keller, and declared that he would not go to the automobile about a half mile distant. The sheriff, who was carrying a hickory cane, slapped him on the shins to make him rise, and as he did so the man seized the sheriff’s foot to upset him. After time spent in this way the sheriff lost patience, turned the man across the rail on his face, sat on his head and spanked him roundly. Finally he got him started.
From time to time as they went down the track to the waiting automobile, progress was interrupted by the necessity to persuade Cronin to accompany him. Mr Keller said that he himself had worked up a fine perspiration. The cane was brought into frequent action on the trip.
At the automobile another difficulty occurred as the sheriff cranked the car. Cronin refused to embark. His resistance was overcome here, too, as in the other cases.
At the jail this morning when questioned by the officer he said that he came from Wentworth in company with two other men whom he did not know. They had liquor (obtained in Sioux Falls) and after some time they became somewhat intoxicated. He wanted to stop, and the others waited some time for him. He only remembers that they said they would soon return. He also says that when he left Wentworth he had $40 in his pocket. When found by the sheriff he had 60 cents, and one of his pockets was turned out.
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