[Ads-l] _piece_ interdating; _it_ interdating; _jaw_ "cheek," pl. "face"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 11 09:06:05 UTC 2016

The Southwestern Reporter, Volume 62, May 6--June 10, 1901, Page 766
West Publishing Co. St. Paul: 1901
Prosecutrix testified, in substance, that on December 29, 1899, she started
with appellant from a party to her house. They left the party about
midnight. "[The] buggy turned west. ... He then asked me to kiss him. I
told him I would not do it.; that I was not that kind of a girl. ... He
then asked me if I loved him. I told him I loved everybody. He then asked
me to  'let him have a _piece_.'  I told him he ought to be ashamed of
himself. ... He stopped the horse. ... He unbuttoned my drawers ... and
pulled them down in front. ... I begged him to quit, and let me alone, and
tried to shame him. He said I had just as well give up, as he was going to
take _it_ anyway. He used great force and handled me so roughly as to hurt

ibid., Page 781
It is true that she does tell defendant in the ou[t]set, when the
proposition is made to her  'to let him have a _piece_,'  that 'he ought to
be ashamed of himself,' (a very proper thing for any girl who knows the
meaning of the term  'let me have a _piece_'  to do). She did not do what a
great many other virtuous girls probably would have done,--either slapped
his _jaws_, expressed or feigned an ignorance of the meaning of the
term,--but by her reply to defendant immediately gave him to understand
that she fully knew the meaning of the term, without the least resenting

She managed to get away and he was sentenced to five years in prison for
attempted rape. The above is taken from the record of his appeal, Barnett
v. State [of Texas!]. He lost his appeal by a vote of 2-1. Amazing! There
were no witnesses, so that it he was she-said-he said. On Law & Order, the
ADA would have refused to prosecute.
- Wilson
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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