November 10, 1900: Editor Spatz Discourages Would-be Thieves in Veiled Threats and Admissions


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA.

November 10, 1900: In reaction to a recent attempted robbery at his home, which was foiled by his cook’s boyfriend who, scared of the would-be burglar, Editor Spatz has announced, “All robbers will please take notice that we have just bought a brand new double barrel, self-action shot gun which is loaded to the muzzle, both barrels, as well as a Gatling gun, three Howitzers, and a brass cannon, besides other weapons.

"We don’t have anything you would want to steal anyway. We’re always broke—the silver is mortgaged and the watches are in hock.” (His cook is probably poor too!)

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