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The New York Times
December 25, 1922

Is Freed When Court Hears Meter Jumped $2 During Dispute.

Katherine Parker, a pretty brunette, 20 years old, of 569 West End Avenue, was accused of disorderly conduct before Magistrate Peter A. Hatting in West Side Court yesterday after she had spent the night in a cell at the West Thirtieth Street Station on complaint of a chauffeur, Matthew Sherman, of 69 Sherman Street, Tomkinsville, S. I., that the girl had tried to avoid payment of a taxicab fare.

When it developed from the evidence that the fare actually due was 30 cents and the other $2 which the chauffeur alleged the prisoner owed him was run up during an argument over removal of a trunk from her home, Magistrate Hatting expressed the opinion that Miss Parker had been punished sufficiently and discharged her to spend a "Happy Christmas."

Sherman said the girl had hired him to take her from Broadway and Eighty-seventh Street to her room and to bring a trunk downstairs. The chauffeur said the trunk was heavy enough for two men and that an argument with the girl had followed. It was then that his meter jumped to $2.30 from 30 cents.

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