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Rutland Herald October 20, 1910
Submitted by Mickey Kelly and Fred Remington
Fined $3.00 and Costs
“Brady” Keefe Showed His Pugilistic Skills and Gives Discourse on Drinking
Patrick H. Keefe, known in pugilistic circles as “Brady”, was arraigned in city court yesterday afternoon on a charge of breach of the peace. It was through “Old King Brady”, or rather “old king” that Brady fell into the tolls once more. Brady has been walking the straight and narrow path since he was employed as a machinists helper at the Rutland railroad round house, but Monday morning when he showed up he had an overstock of stimulants and so exuberant did he feel that he was compelled to work off his surplus energy by pummeling the face of Foreman Wickham of the round house.
Grand Juror C. R. Costello prosecuted and Atty. J. Walter Lyons represented Keefe. Three witnesses, A. Bashaw, boss of the oil room in the round house, and F.G. Todd and F. E. Harvey yard engineers appeared as witnesses for the prosecution.
When Keefe took the stand he told such a pathetic story of continual persecution from Foreman Wickham that “Banty” Talbot who was present in the court room was affected and nearly became convulsed with tears. “Brady” claimed that about12 o’clock Monday noon he met Mr. Wickham near the call office and that he asked him where he had been and what he had been doing. Brady replied that he had been drinking and had not been doing much else that morning, and upon hearing this Mr. Wickham told him to go home and stay there “until he sobered up.” Brady claimed that the foreman called him a wooden man and several improper names and he felt obliged to maintain his own dignity by resenting the remarks. When Mr. Wickham took the stand he denied ever having called the respondent any improper names.
Judge F. G. Swinnerton decided that Keefe had not acted entirely in self-defense and placed the fine at $3 and costs at $8.31.
Brady promptly informed the court that the railroad owed him his week’s wages and that he couldn’t get the money to pay his fine. F.C. Cleaver, superintendent of motor power for the Rutland railroad, stated that Keefe could have his money whenever “he came around sober.” Upon this remark Brady opened up a rambling discourse about certain other people who drank and it took several minutes to impress him that he must show respect to the court.
The respondent got no further then the bottom of the stairs when in threatened to close Mr. Wickham’s other eye, and he was immediately informed that such remarks wereoffensive and if he continued to make them he would be suitably dealt with.
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