Clippings are from the McPherson Republican, June 11, 18 and 25,
1915, except breakout box (Topeka Daily Capitol, June 16, 1915) and verdict clip (Winfield Daily Free Press, June 21, 1915).
It says they got the idea from reading dime novels. Who knows what they would have done had they read a Two-Dollar Terror instead!!!
From the Kansas City (Missouri) Journal, September 5, 1899:
The Daily Iowa Capitol, September 22, 1899: