From the Forest City Courier, as reprinted in The Eagle, Cherryville, N.C., August 7, 1919
It seems that young America is running wild in this section. Wednesday Chief of Police Bob Kendrick had 26 boys, ranging in ages from 9 to 14 years, in the lockup all at one time. These boys were charged with robbing watermelon patches and willfully destroying same. We are told that they did more than $100 damage in one field, going from one end of the field to the other, cutting the melons open, both ripe and green. They are said to have robbed many patches in this section.