The Archivist: Man accused of leading affectionate pooch astray
Newspaper reporters report the news of our lives. The results of their work, the serious, informative and/or entertaining articles, become the newspaper we read.
Sometimes an article can encompass all these aspects, as this item reported in The Oklahoman on May 2, 1946, illustrates:
Warren Edwards, county attorney, assured a worried customer Wednesday that there just isn't any such law.
The customer told Edwards that a city minister was about to have him arrested for stealing the affections of his dog.
He said that the minister formerly lived next door to him.
When the minister moved to another part of town, the dog became lonely for his old pal and refused to stay home.
After making several trips to the old neighborhood to retrieve his dog, the minister irately charged his old neighbor must be involved some way in the dog's wanderings. He threatened to have him put in jail.
Edwards assured the customer Wednesday he could not be arrested for giving a friendly pat and a chance bone to a visiting pooch.
"If he wants to sue you for alienation of his dog's affections, then that is a civil matter," Edwards said.
The customer left, feeling much better.
Warren Edwards arrived in Oklahoma from Texas in 1907. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma law school in 1922 and practiced law in Oklahoma City for more than 60 years, including four years as county attorney.
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