Can you guess what year this article appeared in print?
The costs in the assault case against Mrs. Andrews, who is accued of throwing spoiled eggs at her neighbor during a quarrel a few days ago, amount to the sum of $42.05, which the court assessed against the defendant.
Boy, times have changed when an assault is now something more egregious than spoiled eggs. Over 113 years ago near Tacoma, Washington, two neighbors just couldn’t get along. And if that $42.05 in today’s dollars were assessed, the defendant would have to sacrifice about $1,000 for the eggs which could cost $2.07 a dozen.
(Article: found in The Tacoma Daily News: Tacoma, Washington, 26 April 1904)