|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 7/30/1914.
Alleged Burglar Caught and Is in Jail
If guilty of the crimes which it is alleged he has committed, George
Smith, who now reposes in the county jail at this place, probably considers
himself a most unlucky individual.
Along in the fall of 1911 the store of R. J. Knotts, at Frozen, this
county, was broken into and robbed by unknown parties. An attempt
was made to find the guilty parties and rewards offered for their arrests,
but they made good their escape. At the same time other stores in
that section of the country were burglarized.
Wednesday evening of last week an individual giving his name to the
officers as George Smith and claiming his home at Parkersburg, was arrested
on the charge of frightening two little girls who were playing on the Scott
hill east of town. He was brought to town and lodged in the county
jail by Sheriff Knotts. When Mrs. Knotts took his supper to him she
at once recognized him as a suspicious character who was in the store at
Frozen on the day of the robbery of Mr. Knott's store. She immediately
notified her husband and Roy Parsons, who also saw the man in the Frozen
vicinity carrying a peculiarly shaped cane, was also summoned here and
identified him as the man with the cane. The cane was left in the
store the night the robbery was committed.
Thursday Justice F. S. Wilson issued a warrant fixing his preliminary
trial for today (Wednesday) at which time other witnesses will be examined
and an attempt made to fasten the robbery upon Smith.