Burglars Utilize Church Services in 1898

(05/09/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/25/1898.

This town is evidently developing some clever local talent.  During the hour of services at the Baptist Church Sunday morning the drug store was broken into and some wine and spirituous liquor appropriated.  There seems to have been two or more performing the work, and the one under the stairway leading into the Masonic Hall was not quite as well concealed as he perhaps imagined.  He was doubtless there for the purpose of giving the alarm to his pal on the inside of the building in case the druggist should happen to come to the store.  An entrance was effected through the cellar and by means of a lever the trap door between the store and the cellar was broken.