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Court Soaks 2 Men in Rain for Cruelty

Magistrate Golden has Peddlers Who Left Horses Uncovered Stand in Downpour

Fifteen Minutes' Penalty

Makes Them Take Off Hats and Coats Before Ordeal, Then Asks How They Liked it.

Giacomo Puleo, 44 years old, a fish peddler of 191 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, and William Levine, 40, a laundry wagon driver, who said he lived at 116 Walworth Street, Brooklyn, were brought into the Bridge Plaza Court, Brooklyn, yesterday on a warrant charging them with cruelty to animals in leaving their horses standing in the cold on Berry Street, Brooklyn, on Monday without blankets.

"How would you like to stand in the rain yourselves, without hat or coat," asked Magistrate Golden when the two men were arraigned before him.

Puelo and Levine were silent.

"Well, you can leave your hats and coats here, step outside, stand in the rain for fifteen minutes and then come back and tell me how you like it," said the Magistrate.

The two men stared at Magistrate Golden for a moment to see if he was in earnest.  The expression on his face convinced them.  They put their hats and their coats on the desk of Warrant Officer James Murray and, followed by the latter, they walked slowly out of the building, down the short flight of outer steps and stood on the sidewalk in the cold, drizzling rain.

Each was in his shirt sleeves but both wore sleeveless sweaters.  They blinked as the rain fell, wetting their hair and faces and the sleeves of the shirts and finally soaking the sweaters, but stood their ground while a score of persons, many of them jeering children, gathered to watch.  They shifted their weight from one foot to the other many times, and then the fifteen minutes expired.

"How did you like it," asked Magistrate Golden.

There was no answer.

"I imagine you didn't enjoy it a lot," he continued.  "Now you know how the poor horses must have felt.  I guess you've been punished enough.  Sentence suspended."

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