|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/5/1898.
G.S. Smith's store was burglarized again last Saturday night.
All the surface indications are that an entrance was affected by removing
a pane of glass from a window facing Main street. If this be true,
he took the trouble to replace the glass, but however, leaving his mark,
a small corner being broken off the glass and having dropped on the walk
immediately under the window and being refastened with new tacks.
Several articles of merchandise were taken but no money. Some tobacco,
a couple of oyster cans unbroken, a couple of empty corset boxes, and the
box in which an alarm clock used by T.C. Owens, the clerk in the store,
were found under the porch and edge of the store room. It seems that
an attempt was also made to steal a horse out of Mrs. Cook's stable.
Gilbert Collins of Pennsboro, had two horses in the stable, both of which
were blanketed, and Sunday morning he found that the blanket had been removed
from one of them, and thrown over the manger. This is all the evidence
there is of an attempt to steal the horse, but this, coupled with the fact
that the thief had left a part of his stolen goods, will carry out the
theory that he was scared away before completing his job.
The store must have been entered considerably after midnight, as there
were a great many people on the streets until 1 o'clock. The Masonic
fraternity had a supper served at Mrs. Cook's which was not over until
after 1 o'clock, a.m., and several parties were in Hicks' barber shop until
a much later hour.