April 1, 1907

Police Took Them In and Gave
Each a Meal.
Just after alighting from an incoming freight train from Chicago early yesterday morning three boys, aged about 12, 15 and 18, strolled up onto Main street. They had been on the train all night and were wet, dirty and hungry. Patrolman J. S. Eads corralled them and steered them into police headquarters where they were given a chance to wash before Lieutenant Kennedy gave them tickets for a "big meal" just across the street.

The 18-year old one was a born tramp, didn't know where he was from, didn't know where he was going and didn't seem to care much. He was sent on his way. The 15-year-old boy gave the name of Harry Payne and said he had a brother at 2937 Brooklyn avenue. Patrolman A. O. Dalbow took him there and disposed of him. He had been out over the country "seeing the elephant," he said.

The "baby" of the trio was Fred Shindle, 12 years old. Fred lives in Blue Island, Ill., a little suburb just out of Chicago, and has a widowed mother. Fred said that they did not all come from Blue Island, but that they were "just from everywhere." He said he had never been "so hungry before," and was anxious to leave for home on every train. He was held and his mother wired regarding transportation. When placed in the matron's room Fred went to sleep and slept soundly all day long. His long night ride had tired him out.