Wilke in Trouble

Sometimes bad news made the front page of the New Era.  From January 3, 1907, we learn:

Wilke in Trouble

Otis W. Wilke, who conducted a restaurant at this place about two years ago was arrested in St. Joseph one day last week in the charge of passing worthless checks.  While being taken to the police station he swallowed a strychnine tablet, presumably with suicidal intent.  He was seized with convulsions, but a physician was called and soon revived him.

The police received word at 11 o’clock that a well-dressed man was attempting to pass worthless checks on merchants and Inspector Kelly detailed Detectives Wilson and Wheeler to investigate.  They traced Wilke to Seventh and Edmond streets and then watched his movements.

When he went into a shooting gallery and tendered a check of $5, payable to W. H. Hutchings and drawn on the First National Bank of Maryville he was placed under arrest.  He insisted that the check was good and created quite a scene, but finally accompanied the officers to the station.