|3 of the six
girls were held as “incorrigibles” or as “vagrants,” era legalese that
allowed courts to address reputed waywardness, sometimes sentencing the girls
to Houses of Refuge (reformatories).
|Of 39 boys in
the book, 1 charged with Murder 1: John Hanson, 15, who pled to Murder 2, and
whom Judge Berne A. Pyrke (the former Chinese Jail landlord) sentenced to
return to the Protectory and remain there until 21. The Catholic
Protectory was an pioneer reformatory whose land many decades later became
Parkchester houses. Both teen murder cases involved poisoned persons in their
hired care: a baby in the girl’s case, an old man on the boy’s case.