Robinson Sent to Workhouse

Schwartz, W. B. - 1900-03-06Robinson Sent to Workhouse

Paul V. Robinson, who shot his wife, stenographer in the law office of W. B. Schwartz, on East Washington street, Jan. 19, was fined $160 and sentenced to the workhouse for six months, by Judge Alford, in the Criminal Court, yesterday. The original charge was assault and battery with intent to kill, but the intent was withdrawn and he was permitted to pleas guilty to assault and battery. Mrs. Robinson was shot in the back, but was not seriously hurt, and another shot came very near hitting Attorney Schwartz, who disarmed Robinson. About a week ago Mrs. Robinson filed suit for divorce.

CRIMINAL COURT

–Fremont Alford, Judge–

The State of Indiana vs. Paul Robinson; assault and battery to kill. Defendant withdrew former plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty. Find $160 and sentenced to the workhouse for six months.

“Robinson Sent to Workhouse,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 6 March 1900, p. 6, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 13 March 2014).

“Criminal Court,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 6 March 1900, p. 6, col. 5; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 13 March 2014).

2 thoughts on “Robinson Sent to Workhouse

  1. davidmadison1942

    Now I wonder what the point of the fine was…. did he earn any money in the workhouse, so that he could pay the fine? I wonder what kind of work they did in the workhouse. Like poorhouse, workhouse is now a cliche, but they did exist.

    Reply
    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Good questions! I would think the workhouse was a lesser sentence than jail. It sounds like he got off pretty easy for attempted murder. I don’t know about the fines.

      Reply

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