Camden Post-Telegram – July 18, 1916
Promises to Mend Erring Ways and Heartily Thanks Recorder.
Charge Made by Colored Woman
Taking into consideration that he had five small children and a wife dependent upon him Recorder Stackhouse this morning released Charles Becker, aged 28 years, of 2936 Howell street, in his own recognizance, after he had been arraigned on a charge of keeping a disorderly house.
Complaint was made by Mrs. Mary Hamilton, colored, of 2939 Howell street, who testified that the conditions around the Becker house were unbearable and that the entire neighborhood is aroused in protest.
Carousing, cursing and other disorderly actions are permitted almost every Sunday and every night in the week, the complaint stated. Mrs. Hamilton said Becker was in the habit of roaming about his back yard clad only in a short undershirt, which his children were sadly neglected both in proper clothing and sufficient food.
Sergeant Anderson investigated the case and stated he found conditions just as the colored woman stated.
“A man with a large family like yours has no right to drink; you can’t afford to spend money for rum on the wages you earn,” said the Recorder to the defendant.
Further admonished to cease his disorderly actions and stop drinking the prisoner was released. Becker solemnly promised to mend his erring ways and he heartily thanked the judge for his leniency.