January 5, 1907


Negro Reserves Right to Return Ward "If Not Satisfactory."

A good old negro named Matthew Anderson from Westport was in the juvenile court yesterday to take home with him a 15-year-old negro boy for whom the court was seeking a home where he could go to school.

"Ah'll take him, jedge," said Anderson, "but ah'll take him conditional. Ah done raised three sets o' children an' they aint none of 'em evah ben in the penitentiary nor none of 'em evah ben in jail. Ah nevah ben in jail myself an' Ah aint never ben drunk. What Ah want is if Ah can't raise this boy that-a-way Ah wants to bring 'im back."

Judge McCune assured the old man that he might and he went away with the boy.