13-year-old’s unruliness as an inmate result in his doing more than double
his sentence time? Unlikely.
by “order of court” suggests he was court monitored. That suggests an alternate theory: He may
have been unruly on the farm, perhaps the family’s farm. Could the both the family and the court
considered an indeter-minate winter stay behind bars might make him mend his
ways and still get him out in time for spring planting?
| Consider that in 1888, Fred Stone, 14, a
Canadian whose occupation was listed as a “miner” (not minor), served just 10
days for petit larceny.
1911 Pa. boy miners photo was taken by National Child Labor Committee that
evolved in 1904 from a NY group begun in 1902.