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Capture Hog Thief - 1901


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Date: 12/30/2016 at 10:08:12

Dubuque Daily Telegraph – June 1, 1901

Capture Hog Thief
Newberg, June 1. – B. R. Crawford, a stock buyer, was arrested Tuesday at 1 p.m., for the larceny of four hogs from H. W. Clay. A warrant was issued by ‘Squire Palmer.’ Defendant waived examination and was held under $200 bonds to appear before the court in October. This is the same party who, about two years ago, was detected in using false weights. Until Clay went into the business Crawford was the only stock buyer at Newberg. He undertook to drive Clay out of business by using false weights. His plan was to substitute the false weights just before Clay received and weighted stock. Clay lost heavily on several shipments and suspecting something wrong, he marked the weights and concealed himself under the scales. Soon Crawford came in and removed the weights and substituted a set that weighed heavy. He confessed. It then turned out he had another set that weighted light. These he used for his own weighing. The false weights were broken in the presence of about twenty men and Crawford payed Clay $200, and the matter was dropped.


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