"The Kansas City Times" (Missouri) Monday, April 21, 1913
A 13-year-old boy walked into the station between J. F. DARNELL and
S. J. SEBREE, the largest two patrolmen on the police force, last night.
When Samuel I. REED, sergeant, asked what his crime was, he said:
"Nothing, only asking these gentlemen where I could get something to eat."
DARNELL and SEBREE explained that the boy was so gentlemanly that
they had taken him to a restaurant, where he ate a steak, four eggs, two
cups of coffee and two stacks of hot cakes.
He said his name was Virgil CORPORON and he formerly lived in Center-
ville, Ia. He said his parents were divorced and each had remarried and
he was welcome in neither home.
"When I went to my father's home," he said, "my stepmother would tell me
I had better go and live with my mother and when I went there my stepfather
would tell me to get out. Mother cried and begged my stepfather to let me
stay with them." Here the boy paused and wiped away a tear. "But he
said that he didn't want anybody else's brats about."
"I worked my way to Kansas City be sweeping out the caboose of a freight
train. I got here yesterday morning and the brakeman bought me some-
thing to eat. I tried all day yesterday and today to get a job, but nobody
wanted a boy. Tonight I got so hungry that I stopped these policemen."
He was taken to the Detention Home. An effort will be made today to
obtain a job for him.
(I have no connection with these families but I'd appreciate
knowing if you found this posting helpful.)
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