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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Practice Ukulele in Jail, Says Judge

The Norwalk Hour reported on 9 October 1925 that James A. Manning will have to practice his ukulele playing in jail. Apparently he was nicked for stealing an overcoat from the YD Club, Temple Street, New Haven. He says that he was drunk and a nice person at the club said he could wear it. John L Long said that he didn’t let Manning wear the coat, and it was John L. Long’s coat.

Manning said that he was no thief and that he was just about to open a dance and ukulele school. The judge fined Manning $15 and sent him to jail for 15 days, telling that him could dance and practice his ukulele there.

More people in gaol should dance and play uke, I think.

Published in: on August 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm  Comments (2)  
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Ukuleles in the headlines… and mostly in court

Looking for old ukulele stuff can lead to interesting discoveries. A few examples follow:

UKULELE PLAYER GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE; Neighbor Tells Court She Called Police at 2 A.M., but the Noise Increase When They Came. The New York Times, 25 October 1927. (Was he hanged?)

Jazz Tunes on Ukulele Lure Canadian Deer to Parked Car. The New York Times, 25 June 1928 (Then what?)

PRACTICE UKULELE IN JAIL, SAYS JUDGE. Hartford Courant, 9 October 1925 (Oh dear, was it that bad?)

Suspect Held to Answer in Ukulele Death. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 1926 (not of the ukulele — case of murder)

JAIL UKULELE THIEF? COURT PREFERS NOT. Los Angeles Times. 13 May 1923 (It’s ok to steal ukuleles!)

WRATH SHOWN BY UKULELE IKE. Los Angeles Times. 2 May 1931 (Divorce court)

MAN BEATEN UP WITH UKULELE. Los Angeles Times, 29 April 1930
Someone was beaten into unconsciousness with a ukulele following an argument with three strangers in a Los Angeles. (Now, that’s some ukulele — made in USSR?)

Ukulele Ike Is Bankrupt. New York Times, 18 March 1933 (Remember that divorce?)

May Breen Sues to Make Union Recognize Uke. Chicago Tribune. 8 November 1931 (Serves them right)

So be careful you ukers, or we’ll see you in court.