March 22, 1907

Woman and Her Companion Are Sent
to the Penitentiary.

Irene Napper, 24, and Arthur Lowry, who is five years older, pleaded guilty to horse stealing in the criminal court yesterday afternoon. The woman was sentenced to the penitentiary for two years and the man for seven. They stole a team and buggy belonging to W. H. Hand from in front of the Bell Telephone building at Sixth and Wyandotte streets on March 2. Lowry had already stolen $8 from another man and had taken the woman with him to Leavenworth. They returned in a day or two and, seeing the rig, took it. They started to drive to Wichita, Kas., but got no further than Lawrence when they were arrested.

"Are you married to this man?" asked Judge Slover of the woman.

"No," she said.

"Have you ever been married?"

"Yes. My husband is in the penitentiary."

"Did you know that this man Lowry has been in the penitentiary?"

"Yes. He has been there twice in Kansas. Five years for horse stealing and five years for killing a man."

"Who was it stole this team?"

"I did."

"How did you happen to do that?"

"I don't know unless it was because he told me to."

The woman said she was born in Rich Hill, Mo.

When Judge Slover pronounced the sentence on the two, the man said, cheerfully enough, "Thank you, judge."