100 Years Ago in Warren: Stole the man's clothes


Taken from the pages of the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in February 1913:

Cottage fire

Startled by a noise in an upper room, Fred Smith who lives in the cottage on Union Street, owned by J. H. Brown, rushed up to learn the cause. He found that a lamp had exploded and that a lively fire was in progress. While he was doing what he fould to arrest the blaze, Mrs. Smith who is the daughter of Mr. Brown, rushed over and notified her father and her family who live very near. Mr. Brown and Miss Gertrude O. Brown rushed to assist and by vigorous work with heavy rugs succeeded in beating out the flames. The damage will amount to about $250. Woodwork and paint were scorched and blistered, clothing damaged and furniture spoiled. Exactly what caused the lighted lamp to explode is a mystery, for no one was in the room at the time. A few moments more headway and a general alarm would have been necessary; as it was, scarcely any one in the vicinity knew what was going on.

Tut! Tut!

Commandant Darget of the French army is trying by a further series of experiments to convince the Academy of Medicine of the truth of his theory that the human body sends out a certain kind of X rays by means of which ideas in the mind can be photographed. His idea is that these mental images can bve visualized and then transferred to a sensitized photographic plate by merely pressing the plate against the body. For his purpose he covers the sensitized plate with printed matter, puts the plate in an opaque envelope and hen presses it against the body. In this way he is able, he asserts, to develop in a few minutes a negative or positive photographic impression, according as the person is electrically negative or positive. The sum total of Darget's theory is that the human body contains light rays. To this proposition the Academy says "Tut, tut!" or words to that effect. Whatever appears on the sensitized plate, the academy argues, is simply the effect of the printer's ink. Darget is going to Vienna and Berlin to reproduce his experiments in the universities in those cities.

Light fingered gentry

A little after midnight Sunday, George Wilbur sent for his employee G. S. Peckham who lives at 207 Main street, to answer a business call out of town. Mr. Peckham arose; and in getting his clothes, found that they were not in the position he had left them. He then noticed that the draws of the sideboard were pulled wide open. He called to his wife asking, who had left things in such shape. Mrs. Peckham dressed hastily, and began to look about. It was then discovered that sometime, no one knows exactly when, the tenement had been invaded and ransacked. Mr. WIlbur, who went in person to call Mr. Peckham, had already found the outer doors open and wondered at the circumstance. Mrs. Peckham, however, soon found sufficient evidence to confirm the suspicion that thieves had been at work. Light fingered gentry had been assiduously at work, and had worked industriously. They had not taken time to put back or rearrange after conducting their search; and the more the occupants looked about the more evidences they found — disorder and confusion were uppermost. Several valuable pieces of silver were among the missing, a ladle, a serving fork, fancy spoons, knives. THe value of these was very great to the family, owing to the fact that they were gifts at the time of Mr. and Mrs. Peckham's marriage. Mrs. Peckham also had a considerable sum of money laid aside for rent purposes. This was taken. A smaller sum was also gone. Mr. Peckham had $8 or $9 in his pockets, and these had been ransacked. They made a clean job of it and evidently took plenty of time for their investigation. The robbery was reported to the police at once, and immediate investigations were begun. Evidently those who did the job knew the lay of the land, and were quite familiar with the movements of the family and conditions about the house. The police are satisfied that whoever did the work is not far away, and are just biding their time. They have had one suspect on the carpet already, but failed to entangle him or break him down in their examination. Several parties, known to have had access to the house are being watched and developments will take place in a few days.

100 years ago


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