100 Years Ago in Warren: Thief foiled in the act


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

Fancy new truck

George M. Wilbur, the undertaker, has just purchased a new Pierce Arrow, 45-horse power, ambulance. It certainly is a beatuy and will prove of material assistance to Mr. Wilbur in his work.

Thief foiled

While guests were present at a reception held at the residence of Andrew S. Waterman on Monday evening a sneak thief entered the house in some way and sought to secure sufficient booty to reward him for his trouble. Wjhoever it was that made the daring venture, he undoubtedly thought that the occasion of the last "at home" of Mr. Waterman, and wife would be the best time to make a haul. One of the maids employed by Mr. Waterman reported to him ... that she heard strange noises upstairs. In company with other gentlemen present Mr. Waterman started an investigation. He found the door of one room quite securely barred. Pushing this open it was found that a heavy trunk had been placed behind it. The other door to the room was securely locked on the outside. Nothing had been disturbed. The thief probably made his entry by raising a window, went up stairs, into the room where the trunk was found, in search of loot. When he discovered that somebody was after him, he barricaded the door with the trunk, locked the other door behind him, and made his escape through the tower to the roof, then by a series of jumps from roof to roof reached the ground and made his getaway. Although many heard the noise made by the moving of the trunk, and by the escaping man, yet no one caught even a glimpse of him and he made his escape successfully. there are those who think that the fellow was no stranger to the place, and knew his business. This is the second attempt that has been made to rob the house within ten days. Tuesday the police department made a searching investigation but without results, or clue. Shortly after the break was attempted word was sent to the police. The trouble was at once looked into by the officer on the beat, but he failed to locate anyone. Mr. and Mrs. Waterman have but recently been married, and have just opened their new home on Broad street. The "visitor" probably expected to put his hands at once on a large amount of silver and costly presents but was foiled in the attempt, the timely warning by the servant giving him a scare. There are some circumstances connected with the affair not quite clear, but witout doubt, whoever the fellow was he meant business. No suspicions attaches to any person connected with the household.

Sickness around town

Grip still remains an unwelcome and uninvited visitor in town. Like the oldtime schoolmaster, it finds some  solace in boarding round from house to house.

Oh, to have one of them

FOR SALE: Two 1 cylinder Cadillacs, in first-class running order. Price $75 and $100.


100 years ago, RI


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