March 20, 1914

March 20, 1914

"The Wattenberg Kids" — John and Kenneth, age 13 and 9 years, and Glenn Noble, age 12 years, the first two principal members of the local bad boy gang, were captured this morning in a box car eating apples and smoking cigarettes. Officer Cingcade made the catch. Thursday night they slept in the manger of the old Clark-Henery barn, and are alleged to have tried to set it afire early this morning as a means of starting the day with some exciting event. They will be sent to the state industrial school. A hearing is being held this afternoon before Judge Tou Velle.

Parental dereliction is blamed by the authorities for the delinquency of the Wattenbergs, who are good boys but started wrong. This is their sixth appearance before the juvenile authorities, and on each previous appearance promised to reform. The parents are said, according to John, to have regarded efforts to correct their sons as an infringement on their right. Confessions made by Glenn Noble indicate that the gang ran wild over this city, stealing everything in sight.

Cigarettes also played a part in the downfall of the boys. When they needed tobacco and papers they went to a cigar store and "lifted" it. They confessed to robbing the Ireland cigar store six times, and the Sixth Street cigar store three times when out of the "makin's." Their depredations, according to the confession, included the theft of milk from back porches for over a year. Noble says the last six months their tastes improved and they learned the homes that took cream, and devoted their activities to them.

Noble in his confession implicates a youth who has broken a parole twice, but has kept in the background during the present outbreak. He will be sent to the reform school.

PORTLAND, Ore., March 20 — "I just haven't any use for the whole family," was the only reason given today by Mrs. Edith Edna Hawley, 34 years old, who was arrested last night on the charge of sending five boxes of poisoned candy through the mail to her three step children and Mrs. Alice Bewlay, at whose home her husband, Robert H. Hawley, from whom she separated three months ago, was staying.

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