Another Ukulele Player Jailed

The Reading Eagle of 4 October 1926 reported that Charles Mohawk, a Native American, was sentenced to 6 months in the workhouse on a charge of disorderly conduct. Apparently, he was alone and cold in New York — West End Avenue — so he crawled into the basement of an apartment house and made a fire, wrapped a blanket around his shoulders, and sang sad songs to the strumming of his ukulele. Tenants of the apartment building heard singing and saw smoke, so they called the police and hit the fire alarm.

At the police station, it was learned that 42 year old Charles had worked in “Buffalo Bill” Codys’ show as a rider, and produced a photograph to prove it. After receiving his sentence, Charles was reported as saying that it was just as well, as his friends were gone, his brothers were gone, and so was Bill. He was all alone.

I hope they let him keep his uke.

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