Sunday, December 18, 2016

Giving Henry the Day Off

As a show of appreciation for the great service that young Henry Chamberlain rendered to the community of Orderville, Utah, the men of the town gave him the day off. What was the service that Henry offered the community?
a.                  Look-out for Indians
b.                  Look-out for Missourians
c.                   Look-out for Federal “Polyg” Marshalls
d.                  Look-out for the Bishop and other ward leaders
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   Halloween
The following article appeared in the Deseret News, November 2, 1896:   The matter of hoodlumism in some parts of this and other cities in the state has been called attention to often, and sometimes with good results. Unfortunately, however, this vandalism is not kept down to such a point that it is not a serious injury to the people now and a menace to the community hereafter. The experiences of this city on Friday and Saturday evenings, especially the latter, amply illustrate this. Crowds of young people engaged in tearing off and carrying away gates, breaking down fences, rooting up trees and shrubbery, and other depredations; the occasion being Halloween. There were not only boys concerned in this reprehensible business, but numbers of girls ranging from fourteen years of age downward. Some of the latter have been known to boast of having been members of a company that carried off a dozen gates, besides doing other damage; and their parents have listened with amusement and scarcely a word of reprimand to tales of these pranks. In the sum of property injured or destroyed on the evenings named, hundreds of dollars have been lost to the owners, and the burden has not always fallen on those who could afford it. In some instances that we might name, widows and orphans must have a scanty supply of food or clothes made still more scant by the expense necessary to repairing such damage.
   We wonder what parents are thinking to allow their children to engage in such proceedings. No doubt there were many instances where fathers and mothers had no idea that their offspring were committing such pranks; but there are others better informed. If the names of boys and girls known to have indulged in the hoodlumism complained of were published, they would reveal the fact that there were many instances where such better informed parents stand in high positions of respectability in the localities where they reside, often in public positions where their example is directly before the youth. Do these parents know that by their attitude they are encouraging their own children and others affected by their example into disreputable and criminal paths? If not, it is time they did; it is time they taught their families that to destroy five dollars’ worth of property in a fence or garden is as mean and dishonest as to steal five dollars from a house or individual. Without going into a long dissertation on the wrongfulness of this hoodlumism, it is sufficient to say that, if parents will not curb their children in this regard, then it is full time that at Halloween and similar occasions the police should direct special attention to the outlying districts and give these youthful toughs the treatment they so richly deserve.  

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee (Salt Lake City: Talon Printing, 1997), 8: 35-36.

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