100 Years Ago* Mr. Chauncey E. Jerome, of this city, was...


August 15, 1993

100 Years Ago

* Mr. Chauncey E. Jerome, of this city, was charged before Justice Crapster, on Monday, with selling tickets of the Louisiana Lottery in violation of law, but proved his innocence conclusively. The facts were that someone in Kansas sent Mr. Jerome a package by express, which he at first declined to receive, having had no knowledge of the sender. The express company's agent thereupon communicated with the latter, who replied that the package was properly directed and was intended for Mr. Jerome. As it was prepaid, he then received it and opened it in the presence of the express agent. It was found to contain lottery tickets. Several of Mr. Jerome's friends offered to take the tickets at the price designated on them and forward the money to the shipper. As Mr. Jerome received no compensation in the matter and had no communication with the party who sent the tickets or with the lottery company, Justice Crapster promptly acquitted him.

-- American Sentinel, July 29, 1893.

Compiled from the archives of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

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