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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Tue., Oct. 12, 2010

From our archives, 100 years ago

Five Walla Walla children, around age 12, were hauled into court, accused of stealing candy from a store and then consuming it “in a secret banquet.”

The ringleader went by the almost-too-perfect name of Tootsie Vail. Tootsie allegedly stole the candy from an Elm Street grocer and then issued invitation cards to her little pals. Then they all got together for a secret candy-gobbling feast.

Actually, it was a candy-and-sardine feast. Tootsie also stole some sardine tins.

Tootsie vehemently denied issuing any such invitations, although she apparently stopped short of denying that she shared some treats with her friends.

And if the case weren’t strange enough, Tootsie turned out to be the daughter of the man who brought the complaint, the grocery owner. The case was dismissed.

From the vice beat: A group called the American Purity Federation urged a state law prohibiting children under 16 from attending “theaters, moving picture or other shows” unless accompanied by their parents.

The American Purity Federation was holding its national conference in Seattle, which it had earlier called “shameful,” with vice conditions “more flagrant than in Chicago.”

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