Alderman Waldschmidt had seen this man before for the same issue. The first time, Andrew Nieman was dismissed after promising to make sure his son attended school. Since that didn't happen, he was then fined. "He refused to pay the fine and an execution was issued against him on January 2, in which he was given thirty days to pay. When a levy was made on Nieman's household goods yesterday, the constable learned that enough money could not be realized on them to liquidate the fine, and, according to the truant act, Nieman was placed in the county jail."
Smull's Legislative Hand Book and Manual of the State of Pennsylvania from 1900 indicates that the Compulsory Education Act was approved on May 16, 1895, and amended on July 12, 1897. The Act states "[t]hat every parent, guardian or other person in this Commonwealth, having control or charge of a child or children between the ages of eight and sixteen years, shall be required to send such child or children to a day school and ... shall attend such school continuously during at least seventy per centum of the time in which schools in their respective districts shall be in session."
It provided exceptions such as "mental, physical or other urgent reasons," "no public school in session within two miles of the nearest traveled road," or anyone "between the ages of thirteen and sixteen years that is regularly engaged in any useful employment or service."