Residents Get Flim-Flamed in 1895

(04/20/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 6/11/1895.

Last Thursday, about 2:30 o'clock, p.m.. a stranger, having all the appearances of a stock dealer, rode into our town and called at the J.T. Waldo & Co. Livery, Feed and Sale Stables, and asked to hire a rig to go to George W. Hardman's, on Barnes' run, and wanted to leave the horse that he was riding at the stable.  Mr. Waldo went to some trouble to fit him out with a rig which he took and started on his journey, saying that he would probably not be back until the next day.  The next day came around and Mr. Waldo was surprised to find that his was only the third horse hired from Creston to this town, a distance of sixteen miles, and in each case he made a different statement as to where he was going and what his business was.  After keeping the telephone wire hot for an hour or two, making inquiry about the man who gave his name as Wright, Waldo decided to follow him up and try to get his horse and buggy.  Salathiel Stump and A.S. Poling, two others who had been flim-flamed out of a horse and board bill, each sent or came up to town and paid for feeding heir horses and took them back with an expression of gladness that there was such a way of doing.  At this writing, Waldo is in hot pursuit, and, if he should find his man, some thing may drop.


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