Dix Sentenced to Two Years

From the March 4, 1909 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny and Sentenced to Two Years in the Penitentiary.

John Dix, implicated with Ross Carson in the attempted burglary of the C. B. Zarn general store at Burlington Junction, on the night of Jan. 21, pleads guilty to grand larceny and is sentenced by Judge Ellison to a two years term in the penitentiary.

In sentencing Dix, Judge Ellison said: “I don’t know anything about your case, but I believe I can substantially recite your past.  You didn’t obey your mother; you spent your evenings on the streets; you loafed in the town; you never made a habit of going to church or school, and gradually you drifted from a state of innocence into the degraded position in which you are now.”

“That is so,” said Dix.

“It’s the same old story,” declared the Judge, “I think the father and mother who can go to sleep with their children out on the streets at night ought to share in the predicament in which they will later find them.”

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