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August 24, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):695. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530080063009

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One way to make a sane Fourth of July seems to have been demonstrated in Council Bluffs, where the chief of police utilized the principle of setting a rogue to catch a rogue very cleverly and with the best results. He began some years ago making arrests during several days preceding the Fourth, and let the offenders off on condition that they should serve as special police to prevent others violating the ordinances. The plan worked so well that he has continued it, and this year, the day before the Fourth, he swore in as special police, and furnished with stars, twenty-five boys and girls representing some of the best families in the place, with the result, it is said, of giving the town the safest and sanest Fourth it has ever enjoyed. Whether such a plan would work as well in very large towns may perhaps be questioned, but

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