Just purchased, for 35 cents, a slim German text book last checked out of New York’s DeWitt Clinton High School in Feb. of 1931. (By Aaron Weiss, if you were wondering. It says so on the call slip.) What really got me is the “Law of the State of New York. Education Law – Section 1128” slapped there on the inside of the cover:
willfully detains any book or other property belonging to any Public Educational Institutition, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one or more than twenty five dollars or by inprisonment in jail not exceeding six months.”
SIX MONTHS! No 5 cent fines for kiddies back then! Kids were expected to be RESPONSIBLE.
Here’s hoping Aaron Weiss served his time and went on to live a productive life. — Lenore